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Marcella’s Family Owned For Three Generations


By: Virginia Still


Serving up Mexican cuisine in Modesto for over 40 years, Marcella’s Mexican Restaurant and Lounge has stayed consistent and is truly a family owned establishment in the Frontier Town Shopping Center. The menu has not changed very much since the beginning so guests can still find their favorites at Marcella’s. The restaurant, at 3507 Tully Road, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and hosts a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $3 Margaritas and $3 well drinks.

Another guest favorite on the menu is the number 14, which is a combination plate that includes a chicken enchilada in a flour tortilla with house made green sauce, Jack cheese and a small Tapatia salad.

The mother/daughter duo of Marcella Garcia and Emma Garcia continue to offer good food, refreshing beverages, and superb customer service, keeping the family business flourishing. They have a full bar and a lounge area where they serve up some guest favorites like their Margaritas, Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Fuzzy Mexican, and the Paloma. They also offer a variety of beers, domestics and imports, and refreshing Micheladas.

“We are famous for our combination plates which have rice, beans, chile relleno, and shredded beef,” added Marcella. “It (No. 14) is very good and very popular. We have added things through the years. The new generation, they love tacos. So we added street tacos to the menu because everybody wants a taco.”

“We have a little bit of everything,” said Marcella. “We have popular items like the Tapatia Salad served on a hot plate, it is yummy. We have seafood and steak on our menu.” Although some things have changed throughout the years, the items on the menu have stayed the same with exception of a few items here and there like the addition of the street tacos. Modesto Chamber of Commerce I

They also have a few breakfast items like huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo or if guests want some scrambled eggs and ham Marcella said they can make that too. The menu has quesadillas, chile Colorado, chile verde, tacos, and burritos, which Emma explained is all made fresh in house. The dream of opening a restaurant began with her late father, Alfredo Duran Sr. and late wife Emma that opened a restaurant in downtown Hughson around 1970. Duran Sr. passed last year in March. After a year they moved their restaurant to Oakdale Road in Modesto.

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Progress Magazine March 2019  

Progress Magazine March 2019