Cindy Cabrera has been serving customers at La Luna Mexican Café since 1984. She’s has since expanded her authentic Mexican recipes to historic Campus Corner, 529 Buchanan Ave. in Norman.
The original restaurant is in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at 409 W Reno Ave.
Mino Hernandez opened La Luna in 1974. He later sold it to his stepdaughter Cindy Cabrera, who has expanded the restaurant to a second location.
Cabrera said she opened the Norman restaurant in 2002.
“I just loved the location and the character of the space,” she said. “The patio is awesome.”
The Norman restaurant and employees are fun, friendly and have a lot of energy, Cabrera said.
The biggest difference between the two restaurants is that the downtown location is business-oriented and the Norman location is more laid back, Cabrera said.
Originally named La Roca, La Luna Mexican Café has a variety of Mexican cuisine from its specialty dish of Pollo Verde to its margarita and sangria swirls.
The Pollo Verde is chunks of marinated chicken breast with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, smothered in Monterrey Jack cheese. It comes with beans and potatoes.
General Manager Tracey Medrano said with a patio and a full bar, La Luna at Campus Corner has a little something for everyone.
“It tends to be college atmosphere, but definitely a place for families to come,” she said. “There’s something for everybody here.”
Medrano also said it’s quite common to see La Luna owner Cindy Cabrera busy in the kitchen creating one of the restaurant’s famed dishes.
During happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, patrons can enjoy $1 Bud Light or $3.50 margaritas. And for those wanting authentic tacos, La Luna at Campus Corner offers Taco Tuesdays, Medrano said. Customers can get $1.50 carne asada tacos.
The Norman location also offers brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
All brunch items, excluding the breakfast burrito, are served with a side of beans and Mexican potatoes.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Oklahoma City: 235-9596