Mijita is a Cocina Mexicana with a Bay Area flavor. Chef Traci Des Jardins cooks from her roots using local, seasonal ingredients. The name Mijita is a sentimental nod to the past and Traci’s Mexican-born grandmother. An excellent cook, Grandma Angela Salazar loved to spend time with Traci in the kitchen and called her the endearing diminutive, “Mijita,” meaning “Little One.” Today, Traci is a James Beard award-winner and known nationally as the Chef/Co-owner of Jardiniere, Mijita Cocina Mexicana, Public House and Chef/partner of Manzanita in the Ritz-Carlton Highlands in Northstar at Lake Tahoe.
The Mijita menu features special regional dishes of Mexico, such as Oaxacan Chicken Tamales, as well as classic street foods—carnitas, carne asada, Baja style fish tacos, ceviche—and albondigas, a spicy meatball soup. Whenever possible, organic ingredients are used. MIJITA serves lunch and dinner and offers agua frescas, beer, wine, margaritas and Mexican sodas. There is a special market breakfast on Saturdays. The space is a model of "green design," using environmentally friendly building materials. When you can't get enough of these delicioso flavors, there are salsas and handmade tortillas to take home.