Casa Madre (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Casa Madre to Open in Tucson’s Historic Barrio (MENU)


June 20, 2024
By Matt Sterner

We caught a whiff of Dominique Stoller’s new concept Casa Madre back in 2021 when they broke ground on The Baffert at Five Points.

Since then we’ve been waiting as patiently as possible for her first restaurant to open.

Casa Madre is located just east of The Baffert inside the historic building at 119 E.18th St. The interior of the building has been undergoing some major renovations with the addition of a Himalayan rock salt wall. Not only does the Himalayan rock salt wall look beautiful aesthetically but it also brings a soothing, relaxing atmosphere to the dining room — it’s a Tucson first!

“We are so happy and excited to open our doors and share this restaurant with Tucson,” said Stoller. “We have had so much support from our family and friends over the past few years creating a beautiful ambiance for the community to enjoy delicious food and drinks. It is my greatest joy to finally get cooking!”

Stoller and the team are officially taking reservations for dinner starting on Wednesday, June 26. From that day on, the restaurant will be open from 4 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Sunday.

Reservations are highly recommended due to limited space!

You can reserve a table online and the Mediterranean and Latin-inspired can be found there as well. Or, keep on scrolling to start considering what you’ll order first.

Soup
  • Soup of the Day ($9)
Salads
  • Fresh Salad with Tender Herbs ($13) – Mixed organic greens / Fresh organic dill & Italian basil / English cucumber / Shaved parmesan / Fresh chive / Garlic croutons / Vinaigrette
  • Stone Fruit Burrata ($14) – Organic mixed greens / Fresh seasonal stone fruits / Burrata cheese / Tart cherry and balsamic dressing
Appetizers
  • Bacon-Wrapped Dates ($13) – Local Urban Grove dates stuffed with Spanish chorizo / Wrapped in bacon
  • Grilled & Chilled Shrimp Cocktail ($16) – Grilled & chilled shrimp / Cocktail sauce made with fresh horseradish & lemon
  • Chef’s Board ($19) – Doma’s pasta salad / Grilled & chilled asparagus / Roasted marinated bell peppers / Boursin herb cheese / Crostini / Apples / Local Urban Grove dates / Brie cheese / Candied locally grown Jamaica calyxes stuffed with goat cheese / Pistachios / Honey
  • Pork Belly Wings (choose a style) ($19)
    • Buffalo Style – Crispy bites of pork belly tossed in brown butter sauce & Franks Red Hot / Creamy Roquefort blue cheese dressing / Served with fresh organic crunchy iceberg salad with organic carrots & celery
    • Loomi Style – Crispy bites of Loomi (black lime) seasoned pork belly tossed in Loomi brown butter sauce / Creamy yogurt dressing over fresh apple lime & cilantro slaw
Entrees
  • Chile Relleno with Cuban Black Beans & Arroz Con Crema ($30) – Fire-roasted chiles stuffed with Oaxacan & jack cheese dipped in egg batter and fried / Scratchmade black bean puree / Arroz con crema / Avocado / Serrano peppers, cilantro & green onion / Fried plantains / Fresh pico de Gallo
  • Tilapia Papillote ($35) – Oven-roasted tilapia in parchment paper with pink Himalayan salt & black pepper, local Urban Grove limequats & garlic butter / Served with herb-roasted potatoes & sauteed seasonal vegetables
  • Ribeye with Roasted Poblano & Chile Scalloped Potatoes ($55) – Pan-seared adobo rubbed ribeye / Chimichurri / Roasted poblano chile scalloped potatoes / Seasonal sauteed vegetables
Desserts
  • Lemon Ice Box Cake ($12) – Layers of homemade lemon curd & cream / Caramel cream / Homemade caramel / Graham cracker crumble / Topped with torched Italian meringue
  • White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie ($12) – Nilla wafer crumble / Dark chocolate / White chocolate pastry cream folded with fresh cut bananas / Topped with fresh whipped cream / Bruleed bananas & chocolate drizzle
  • Ice Cream Sandwich ($12) – Homemade Urban Grove date ice cream scooped between two cardamom & cinnamon pizelles / Served with fresh berries and whipped cream
Casa Madre (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Doma’s Journey

Over the years, Stoller has impressed many throughout Tucson’s culinary scene.

When a line cook at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano passed out, Stoller (working a front-of-house position) came to the rescue. Over the years, she’s worked at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano (she kickstarted her career by filling in for a line cook who passed out in the kitchen), Contigo Latin Kitchen, HUB Ice Cream, and Playground.

In 2019, she debuted her own catering company, Doma’s Delights, and then also won Tucson Knife Fight that very same year.

Casa Madre is located at 119 E.18th St. For more information and to make a reservation, visit casamadretucson.com.

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