Gloria Dominguez, a native from Mixtlan in the state of Jalisco, opened Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in 2005 with her son Alfonso Dominguez. Gloria happily introduces an old concept into a new experience of eating Mexican food: small cravings (Antojitos) “I had a simple goal - no fusion, just traditional Mexican cuisine that one can find throughout Mexico”.
Dominguez’s culinary expertise stems from her numerous research trips throughout the different regions in Mexico, and her collection of the Mexican kitchen. The most prominent influence for her was her grandmother. She remembers watching her grandmother cook as a child and making tortillas with her. The love and eagerness to master traditions from her heritage, is what continues to motivate her to create dishes inspired by her roots. Her Grandmother’s passion was inherited by Gloria along with a curious spirit to research food from other regions in Mexico such as the states of Yucatan, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Chiapas and her own state of Jalisco.
Gloria’s main goal is to research and master all the ingredients that are present in Mexican cuisine, and look for them in the most remote places of Mexico. This passion to learn from her roots has formed her career as a Chef, crafting dishes straight from the heart. Her personal experiences, shared with great love and passion for food can be tasted and seen at Tamarindo’s table.
"For fine Mexican dining in a modern, trendy setting, Oaklanders hit this Downtown standby, where fresh and flavorful small plates are cleverly reinvented with gourmet ingredients."