Fort Worth mom & daughter debut cafe with tacos and homemade tortillas
A new Fort Worth café is serving up breakfast tacos and burritos with homemade tortillas just like abuela used to make.
Called Cafecito, it's a mother-daughter operation from Cinthya Duran, a South Fort Worth native, who's partnered with her mother, Yaneth Sanchez, on their first food and beverage endeavor.
They began in December 2022 as a food trailer that operated outside Hotel Revel, and have now opened a block away at 1229 Eighth Ave., in the same building as Wabi House, Filipino rice bowl concept Ober Here, and boba tea spot Sharetea.
They're serving the same menu, but now can offer an interior space to sit.
Duran, who has a background in interior design, focuses on the business side. She calls her mom "the magic in the kitchen."
"Neither one of us really has much professional experience in the food industry, but my mom has always loved the kitchen," she says.
Sanchez is known for her holiday tamales and homemade tortillas – both now somewhat of a lost art in many Mexican-American home kitchens. She's also the family go-to for large gatherings and parties, such as quinceaneras.
“I have so many memories of her waking up super early to make tortillas and pack a bunch of breakfast tacos wrapped in foil for road trips, which is what inspired our idea for Cafecito,” Duran says. “She loves to feed people and it has always been her dream to open a restaurant.”
Their menu includes tacos and burritos, including their best-selling potato & chorizo combo. There are also three distinctive starters: sincronizadas, their twist on a quesadilla with ham and cheese melted between flour tortillas and topped with avocado; molletes, an open-faced bean and cheese sandwich served with salsa; and a breakfast sandwich with ham, eggs, and cheese on wheat toast.
Tacos from CafecitoCourtesy photo
Prices range from $3-$9 per item.
They make their tortillas fresh daily, including what has become an Instagram favorite: pink tinted tortillas that are naturally dyed with beet juice.
Cafecito means "coffee" in Spanish, and they serve a version called Café de Olla, which Duran describes as traditional Mexican coffee with brown sugar, cinnamon, and spices. (A bottled cold brew version of the coffee made by Ostara Coffee Roasters, set to open on Race Street, is coming soon.)
“So often our customers share that our food or coffee reminds them of their childhood or a special time with their mom or grandma, and that is honestly the best part of the job,” says Duran. “We love bringing home-style, feel-good food to the community.”
Cafecito is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am-12:30 pm. Hours will extend to 3 pm starting September 5.