FACES of Orange County 2022

Face of Mexican Cuisine – Javier Cuadra


Restaurateur Javier Cuadra was born in Michoacán, “the belly” of Mexico. Michoacán boasts an abundance of culture and delectable street foods which influenced Javier into opening a restaurant showcasing the region’s finest offerings. “I always had a passion for food, while going to college for international
business I worked in the restaurant industry and this inspired me to have my own one day. Experiencing the unique cuisine that Mexico has to offer and seeing how there was nothing like that in Orange County inspired me to bring
a small piece of Mexican culture here.” Javier’s love of “street food” has heavily influenced URBANA’s eclectic menu, which features natural and fresh ingredients including handmade tortillas, gourmet tacos and snapper ceviche, creatively prepared by Chef Ernie Alvarado. “My personal favorite are the Mole enchiladas, made with a house made Mole sauce that reminds me
of home,” says Javier. Located in the Anaheim Packing House, the candle-lit ambiance at URBANA is inspired by the ‘Dia de los Muertos’
celebration, a nod to Javier’s October 30th birthday, and since opening, the restaurant has earned the Golden Foodie Award among other
recognitions. “The fact that together with Chef Alvarado we were able to change how people see Mexican cuisine is a huge accomplishment.”