OWNERS OF THE LATIN PIG SHARE THEIR LOVE FOR FAMILY AND CUBAN CUISINE
Ana Castillo and Ana Castillo-Guerro share more than a namesake. The mother-daughter duo are also owners of The Latin Pig Cuban Restaurant and Bakery in Plano. Daughter Ana works the front of the restaurant, greeting diners with a smile as warm as a fresh baked guava pastellito while the espresso machine gurgles to the beats of salsa music, swirling the air with the aroma of a handcrafted cortadito. In the kitchen, her mother lovingly cooks recipes handed down by her late Cuban father Jose Castillo, a former New York chef. The Latin Pig brings authentic Cuban home cooking to Plano, set in a classic 1950s Havana-style diner. Opening in 2013, The Latin Pig was the family’s American dream, and they are proud to share a little part of their heritage with VisitDFW.
What are some of your favorite DFW restaurants?
Being around food has given us the opportunity to appreciate what we eat profoundly. Food is not something I do simply to fill my belly; I visit different restaurants depending on my state of mind and food cravings. The Original House of Pancakes in Plano is my safe haven for breakfast. As a coffee aficionado, I’ve found The Original House of Pancakes carries the best cup of coffee at any breakfast restaurant I’ve visited in the DFW Metroplex. My go-to dish is their corn beef hash which I order well done with two fried eggs over medium and a side of fresh salsa. When I’m in the mood for a nice soup, I visit Kitaro Sushi, a small Japanese restaurant run by a husband and wife. They make my favorite udon soup which they serve with breaded and deep fried vegetables.
If you had out-of-towners visiting, where would you take them?
When my brother came to Texas from NYC for the first time, I took him to The Gaylord Texan Resort. It was a short drive from the airport and it’s such an amazingly beautiful hotel. To me, The Gaylord is a good example of how everything really is bigger in Texas. Texas is elegant and grand in many ways. To help him get rid of the jet lag, I booked a massage at Relache Spa. After that, we had an amazing dinner at Zeppole enjoying fresh pasta and a good bottle of wine. Needless to say, he fell in love with Texas immediately.
What makes DFW cuisine unique?
The size of the restaurants here are much bigger here than any other city I’ve visited.
What do you hope to bring to the Dallas culinary scene?
Diversity in Latin cuisine and exciting new flavors. We take pride in our culture and show it by bringing to Texas our unique family recipes which we cook with the freshest of ingredients and lots of love. If you visit our restaurant I recommend our Sampler. It’s a tour of Cuba: You get a choice of rice like Arroz Congri made with black beans or Arroz Gandules which is more of a Puerto Rican-style rice made with pigeon peas and pork, three meats like goat, beef or chicken and a side of plantains. My mother loves cooking for her family. Now at the restaurant she still cooks for her family, only her family has gotten bigger.
Tip for visiting The Latin Pig: Cuban cuisine is traditionally not spicy but due to customer demand, the Castillos developed a hot sauce for their meals. You can now purchase their homemade Mojito Rojo hot sauce for $7.99.
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