Hometown Highlight: Julie’s Cocina

Located in Cottonwood Shores, Texas, sits a local restaurant favorite - Julie’s Cocina. Known for its Mexican cuisine, Julie’s Cocina has been feeding hungry guests since 2009, when it opened its doors for the very first time.

Family-owned and managed by Johnson City-native Julie Briceno, it was a dream of hers to open a restaurant that offered good food and a unique family atmosphere. With American and Mexican food options served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’re sure to please the family with a visit’s to Julie’s.

Frank Marquez, Julie’s son and business partner, said their family has been in the restaurant business for more than 40 years, starting with Julie’s grandmother’s restaurant, which inspired Julie to start her own.

While serving more than 8,000 tacos a month, Frank and Julie said favorite menu items include the Mexican Plate (enchiladas, rice, beans and a chalupa and taco), chili rellenos and fajitas. Breakfast is also made available all day, from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The restaurant, which features indoor and outdoor eating options is a great option for large groups, and offers take-out and catering for weddings, parties and more.

Frank said the restaurant has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, but remains close to its roots, family and community.

When the Hill Country region experienced wild fires in July, Julie’s Cocina was one of the first to respond and provide support to the local emergency responders, offering responders and volunteers meals in gratitude for their service.

“We want to give back,” Frank said. “We try to give back to the community through Kiwanis Club, the school and donating and sponsoring things when we can. We understand how important it is to give back.”

Julie’s Cocina is located at 4319 W. FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores, Texas and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about Julie’s Cocina, visit their Facebook page by clicking here or view their complete menu on their website.