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About Us

Lucha Cantina opened here at Edgebrook Center in August of 2013.  As part of our mission here at Lucha we want to provide our guests with a unique drinking and dining experience.  We feel that we have accomplished that by offering our guests creative dishes, unique specials, and fresh drinks that you can’t get anywhere else.  We also strive to be an active member of the communities where we do business.  Don’t be surprised if you see us out in the community supporting one of the many fantastic charitable organizations here in Rockford.

You might ask why Lucha, well there is a story there.  Before owning Lucha, I was General Manager for a corporate restaurant here in Rockford. Back in 2001, while at a general manager’s conference I met a guy named Chuck, who was a GM for their restaurant in Boulder, CO. We became fast friends, and stayed in touch over the next few years, even after he decided to leave the big company and start his own restaurant. Chuck opened a pretty cool Mexican restaurant called Lucha Cantina in the beautiful ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado. A few years later, he opened a bigger Lucha in a smaller town, Georgetown, CO. Chuck’s goal for Lucha was to create a new take on Mexican cooking, using natural, high-quality ingredients. The focus was always on the food. And the margaritas, of course. 

After a few visits to the mountains to try the food and margaritas I asked Chuck if he would be willing to help me open a Lucha a few miles down the road, in Rockford, IL. While he didn’t want to leave Colorado, he had no problem letting me open my own version of Lucha Cantina here in my hometown.

As for our menu

...we don’t believe in Lard, MSG, or anything partially hydrogenated.  We take extra care to find ways to make our food using only real ingredients.  What do love are good meats, fresh veggies, and quality cheeses.  We keep our food cold and prepare it when you order it.  It might take a few more minutes, but you will taste and feel the difference.  We make all of our salsas, sauces and marinades fresh every day. If you are getting tacos, ask for the homemade corn tortillas.  They are fanastic.

We use to-go containers made from sugar cane and corn. They are compostable, recyclable, and expensive. Sometimes we might charge you a few dimes for to-go boxes. We figured you wouldn’t mind spending some loose change to keep styrofoam out of the landfill. If you don’t want a straw, please say so.

Lastly, but possibly most importantly, Lucha uses only real juices in our cocktails. That means none of that nasty sweet & sour in our margaritas. That stuff tastes like battery acid.  Our strawberry margaritas have, wait for it, real strawberries in them. Shocking, huh?   

You really should try our Margaritas, they are outstanding.  We should know, we try them all the time.

I guess that is all. If you make it out to Colorado, please stop in and visit our sister restaurants in Georgetown and Littleton. While here in Rockford, please take a look at the different stores and businesses right here at Edgebrook Center. We sincerely appreciate the nice people around us who have welcomed us into their neighborhood.

Thank you for your business. We really love doing what we do. We hope that shows.

Please come back soon. Like tomorrow, if you’re not too busy.

Joshua, Jenn, & Lexi Binning