6 December, 2021, 11:17

La Chaiteria now open on Grande & Congress

The colorful space seats 15, features a salsa bar & sells retail Mexican items.

Vegetarian/vegan Mexican restaurant Tumerico quietly opened La Chaiteria, a cafe and restaurant on Tucson’s west side.

The 3,000-square-foot space at 1002 W. Congress St. previously housed convenience market Quick Stop.

Interior at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Interior at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

“It’s a community space, so there are murals with Latin and Indian paintings,” said Wendy Garcia, owner-chef of La Chaiteria and Tumerico. “Also, Anthony Bourdain and my forever crush Kristen Stewart.”

Yes, there is a mural dedicated to Hollywood actress and Twilight star Kristen Stewart. In the mural, Stewart is wearing a Tumerico shirt and eating a taco.

Kristen Stewart at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kristen Stewart at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The interior currently seats 15 with a patio to come in the future. However, the facade outside has space for people to sit and observe the mountains and sunset.

“It’s for people to feel welcome and at home like at the Tumerico on Sixth,” Garcia said.

The chalkboard menu features Latin-inspired dishes, Garcia’s signature vegetarian and vegan options, and an expanded latte menu with flavors such as Mole, Horchata, Lavender, Mazapan, CBD, Saffron, Chai, and more.

Al Pastor Tacos at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Al Pastor Tacos at La Chaiteria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Additionally, the space offers assorted retail Mexican items for sale such as jarred pumpkin blossoms, huitlacoche, hot sauces, La Noria corn tortillas, and more.

Last but not least, the dining area features a salsa bar. Garcia doesn’t play games when it comes to spice, so be cautious with anything that looks like it could have habaneros in it.

Operating hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

La Chaiteria is located at 1002 W. Congress St. For more information, call (520) 400-7127 or visit tumerico.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.