Over the Moon: Luna Mexican Cuisine in Medford
Open for six weeks only, and I am already over the moon about Luna Mexican Cuisine in Medford. Luna is situated in the Harry and David shopping plaza not far from McGrath’s. I recommend you let the crescent shape guide your way because the sign lettering is difficult to read from the street. Yet, there is enough parking which is rarer than a lunar eclipse in the Rogue Valley! Entering this restaurant feels like finding an upscale surprise in a Spanish villa with ionic columns and one giant anthropomorphic sun on the back wall. I was entranced by the skilled interior designer but my teenage son who was with me, as always, was motivated by the food.
We waited in a booth with unusually comfortable benches and succumbed to the ambience and anticipation of great eats. Within moments, we were offered drinks and next a bowl of chips, salsa, and refried beans. My friend who originally suggested the eatery arrived to join us. Mexican is one of her favorite foods and having worked in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years, she would judge the experience fairly. This new eatery is owned by Eduardo Flores who was as charming as the restaurant – all smiles and jokes and tolerance for our not-so-great Spanish pronunciation. He even plans to expand seating soon.
The menu at Luna is robust with fourteen appetizers alone, so it took a “Mexican minute” (as Flores referred to it) to study all options and take in the prices. We would not be able to go there every week but when in Rome, I mean Mexico, (the columns got me confused), you know what they say… I ordered the Pork fajitas which came with sour cream, rice, refried beans, guacamole and a sizzling plate of pork, green and red peppers, onions and a special sauce that had a distinct citrus taste. It was satisfying and refreshing without being overpowering. And of course, I got tortillas to complete my order. There was no way I would be able to eat everything in one sitting. Not true for my son. He ordered the Macho Burrito. “It is the size of a small child!” my friend exclaimed. When I sampled it, the first thing that struck me was the beans did not taste like they came out of a can. Everything tasted fresh and each flavor was distinguishable.
My friend ordered a Hornitos® Añejo Tequila on the rocks with salt which came in a classic Margarita glass while my son and I drank multiple glasses of water to try to slow down the gustatory experience to no avail. The food was too good. Her main dish was the Camarones Borrachos which means “drunken shrimp.” They like Tequila too. But I will take a drunken shrimp over a drunken chicken any day (which was also on the menu). The shrimp were large, flavorful and tasted saucy. Probably the most interesting menu item was the Molcajete which is a “hot stone bowl filled with homemade salsa grilled steak, chicken, Mexican sausage, melted cheese, Mexican cheese, covered with bacon, onion, jalapenos and nopales (Mexican cactus).” They also had a Xango cheesecake – a flour tortilla fried with cheesecake inside it and ice cream on top drizzled with caramel. That is on my list.
When we left the establishment at 7 pm, there was hardly a table available. I do think expansion may be in their future! The bill was around $60 for the three of us. More drinks and it would have increased rapidly but I might not have really cared either. Open 11 am to 9 pm daily, there is plenty of reason and opportunity to visit Luna Mexican Cuisine.
Luna Mexican Cuisine
10:30 am – 9:30 pm, 7 days a week
1310 Center Dr., Medford
Photo: Sizzling Pork Fajitas
Photo Credit: Vanessa Newman