To help our Highland businesses during this challenging time, the Highland District Council is starting a new “Business of the Month” program. Each month, we’ll profile a different business.
The August Business of the Month is La Cocina de Ana, which opened in 2019 and celebrated its one-year anniversary in August. They are a take-and-bake style establishment.
We recently spoke with Ana Rayas, who owns La Cocina de Ana with her husband Luis, to learn more about her restaurant.
Tell us about yourself:
I was born in Mexico. I’ve always loved to prepare traditional Mexican meals for my friends and family.
This love of cooking was the inspiration for “La Cocina de Ana”, meaning “Ana’s Kitchen”.
Tell us about your business:
Our dishes are prepared daily with high quality ingredients and no preservatives or fillers. All dishes are prepared fresh using recipes and ingredients found in Mexican home kitchens. They are ready for you to warm up at home at your convenience.
We specialize in providing several vegan options, including vegan main dishes upon request. We are currently creating various types of tamales. Tamales can be made to order with at least four days notice, as it is a time-consuming dish to make by hand, or call ahead to see if we have any extras made that may be available. These are made with various fillings including our cashew cheese which is made in-house. We pride ourselves in these recipes we have developed and honed for folks to enjoy.
Our dishes are packaged in aluminum trays so all you need to do is place them in the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size.
Do you accommodate special requests?
Yes. Call in advance and we will make sure we have your request available.
How has your business changed because of COVID-19?
We’ve actually noticed more people coming in to get our heat-and-serve food, which is a good option instead of going to a restaurant and eating with restrictions.
When are you open?
We are open 11-7pm Monday through Saturday for lunch, dinner and dessert. We accept phone and Internet orders and offer catering.
La Cocina De Ana
Address: 2559 West 7th Street and Woodsworth, Saint Paul.
Contact info: 651-202-3251
Hours: 11 a.m. through 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Promotion: One free small order of Arroz con Maiz (V) / Mexican Rice with Corn with the purchase of any main dish for the first 35 people who mention the HDC or the promotion.