Cooking Fever - Cafe Mexicana Strategy Guide

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Cafe Mexicana Restaurant Strategy Overview

Welcome to Cooking Fever's Cafe Mexicana, where you will be serving up tacos, tortillas and nachos.  You'll also be offering your customers Agua Frescas, which is a light fruity beverage, as well as Churros, which is a fried dough similar to funnel cake.  As you progress through the levels, toppings such as yogurt sauce, salad toppings, cheese, and chili sauce.  Your multi-tasking skills will definitely be put to the test because in this restaurant, you can to continually click on two machines to keep them constantly running - the Nacho Make and the Meat Mincer.  An automatic Meat Mincer will be offered to you around Level 27, and is a good buy if you are having trouble passing levels or getting 3 stars.  It will only be available for a limited time (72 hours), so avoid going past Level 20 until you have saved up at least 50 gems.

See the Strategy and Upgrade Tips at the bottom of this page for more insider tricks to passing levels.

Kitchen Items, Upgrade Costs and Availability

We were able to get 3 stars on all levels by upgrading the items highlighted below:

Kitchen ItemUpgrade 1Upgrade 2Upgrade 3Availability
Meat Pan1500 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gems3000 + 7 gemsImmediately
Meat Mincer3500 + 3 gems4500 + 5 gems5500 + 8 gemsImmediately
Meat2000 + 5 gems4000 + 10 gems6000 + 15 gemsImmediately
Taco Shell2000 + 5 gems2500 + 7 gems3000 + 10 gemsImmediately
Tabletop2000 + 5 gems4000 + 10 gems6000 + 15 gemsImmediately
Tray15002000 + 3 gems2500 + 5 gemsImmediately
Nachos Maker2000 + 5 gems3000 + 10 gems4000 + 15 gemsImmediately
Nachos2000 + 2 gems3000 + 5 gems4000 + 10 gemsImmediately
Guacamole10001500 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gemsImmediately
Aguas Frescas1500 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gems2500 + 7 gemsLevel 3
Yougurt Sauce1500 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gems2500 + 7 gemsLevel 5
Salad2000 + 5 gems3000 + 10 gems4000 + 15 gemsLevel 7
Tortilla2000 + 5 gems2500 + 7 gems3000 + 10 gemsLevel 12
Tortilla Pan2000 + 5 gems3000 + 7 gems4000 + 10 gemsLevel 12
Cheese1000 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gems3000 + 7 gemsLevel 12
Chilli Sauce1200 + 3 gems1700 + 6 gems* + 10 gemsLevel 19
Sombrero2000 + 2 gems3000 + 5 gems4000 + 10 gemsLevel 25
Churros011 gems20 gemsLevel 30

Interior Items and Upgrade Costs

We were able to pass all levels with 3 stars by upgrading the items highlighted below.

Interior ItemQuantityUpgrade 1Upgrade 2Upgrade 3Extra ClientsCustomer Waiting TimeTip Amount IncreaseTip Time Increased
Tables120002500 + 3 gems3000 + 6 gems*X*X
Bar Chairs13000 + 3 gems3500 + 6 gems4000 + 12 gems*XX*XX
Deck Chairs115002000 + 3 gems2500 + 6 gems**X*
Mariachi Band120002500 + 3 gems3000 + 6 gems*X*X
Logo11000 + 1 gem1500 + 2 gems2000 + 3 gems*X*X
Dock12500 + 3 gems3000 + 5 gems3500 +7 gems**XX*
Mini Golf13500 + 7 gems* + 14 gems* + 18 gemsXX***
Gate Banner13000 + 5 gems3500 +7 gems4500 + 10 gems**XX*
Cactus12000 + 2 gems3000 + 5 gems4000 + 10 gems*XX**
Mask11500 + 2 gems2000 + 5 gems3000 + 10 gems***X
Darts13000 + 5 gems3500 + 7 gems* + 10 gems**XX*
Pinata13000 + 5 gems3500 + 7 gems4500 + 10 gems**XX*

Level Guide

Use this level guide to help develop your playing strategy. 

Number of Guests - This number can be an indicator of how much people will order and what they may be ordering.  After Level 15, a low number of guests might mean that they will be ordering multiple menu items or it could be an indicator that there won't be enough earnings to get 3 stars unless you hand out treats or increase the price of the popular items.  A high number of guests might be an indicator that many guests will be just ordering beverages or an add-on item instead of the main dishes.

First Orders - These are the first food items that customers will be ordering when the Level starts.  There is a slight delay before the first customer shows up, so use this information to prepare their orders in advance and get a jump start on the level.

Popular Foods - These are menu items that are ordered often during the level.  Prepare these items in advance and store them on your Tabletop or on warmers so that they are ready to hand out as soon as they are ordered.  Upgrading these items before starting the level can also increase your level earnings.

Noteworthy - This is extra information that might be helpful during the level.

LevelMinimum GoalNumber of GuestsFirst OrdersPopular FoodsNoteworthy
1190112 Tacos, 2 Nachos$50 Completion bonus; Upgrade all coin-only ingredients and interior items first
22201102 Tacos, 3 NachosUpgrade Meat Pan, Tabletop and Nachos Maker to Level 1
3240121 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 JuiceGuacamole now available
4260123 Tacos, 4 Nachos, 2 JuiceSour Cream now available; Upgrade Nacho Maker to Level 2
5280112 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 3 Juice$150 Completion bonus; Upgrade Meat Mincer and Aguas Frescas to Level 1
6300123 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 2 JuiceUpgrade Yogurt and Nachos to Level 1
7360123 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 2 JuiceSalad now available; Upgrade Salad to Level 1
8400122 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Aguas Frescas to Level 2
940012Tacos, Nachos, JuiceUpgrade Darts, Pinata, Gate Banner and Deck Chairs to Level 1
10420122 Tacos,3 Nachos, 2 Juice$300 Completion Bonus
11440133 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Tabletop and Taco Shell to Level 2
1245613Tortilla, Tacos, Nachos, JuiceTortilla, Cheese and Tortilla Pan now available
13482132 Tortillas, 3 Nachos, 3 JuiceUpgrade Cactus, Logo and Mask to Level 1
14508151 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 1 Nachos, 3 Juice*
15534141 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 3 Juice$500 Completion Bonus; Upgrade Salad to Level 2
16595141 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 1 Nachos, 2 JuiceUpgrade Cheese to Level 1
17586142 Tortillas, 1 Tacos, 5 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Tortilla Pan to Level 1
18612143 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 3 JuiceTortillas*
19638132 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 1 Nachos, 2 JuiceChilli Sauce now available
20664142 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 2 Nachos$700 Completion Bonus
21690141 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 Juice*
22716142 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Meat Pan and Meat Mincer to Level 2
23742142 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 5 Nachos, 1 Juice*
24788162 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 4 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Nachos Maker to Level 3
25814153 Tortillas, 2 Nachos$1000 Completion Bonus; Sombero now available
26840163 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Sombero to Level 1
27866162 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 5 Nachos, 1 JuiceAutomatic Meat Mincer now available
28892181 Tortillas, 4 Tacos, 3 Nachos*
29918172 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 JuiceUpgrade Nachos to Level 3 and Tray to Level 2
30944172 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 3 Juice$1500 Completion Bonus; Churros now available
31980181 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 4 Nachos*
321010181 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 4 Nachos, 1 Juice*
331032191 Tortillas, 4 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 2 Juice*
341058192 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 2 Nachos, 2 Juice*
351094202 Tortillas, 5 Tacos, 1 Juice$2000 Completion Bonus
361110191 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 4 Nachos, 1 Juice*
371166193 Tacos, 5 Nachos, 1 Juice*
381182191 Tortillas, 5 Tacos*
391220182 Tortillas, 2 Tacos, 4 Nachos, 1 Juice*
401304191 Tortillas, 3 Tacos, 3 Nachos, 1 Juice$3000 Completion Bonus

Strategy and Upgrade Tips

  • The Automatic Meat Mincer becomes available at Level 27; avoid playing beyond Level 20 until you have at least 50 gems available
  • Immediately upgrade your Tray, Meat Pan, and Nachos Maker to Level 1; or all Kitchen upgrades to Level 1 if you have enough coins/gems
  • Get your clicker ready -  you'll need to repeatedly click on both the Nachos Maker as well as the Meat Mincer throughout each level
  • Several Kitchen Upgrades give you the most bang for your buck.  Level upgrades can increase food price from $5-$10.  These include Nachos, Aguas Frescas, Salad,Tortilla, Tortilla Pan, and Sombrero
  • Churros are a necessity for passing levels 22, 25, 31

Restaurant Tasks

Task XP Coins Tips
Serve 50 nacho portions 75 75 *
Upgrade your meat pan once 100 150 *
Upgrade your nachos maker once 50 50 *
Upgrade your tabletop 75 75 *
Upgrade your tortilla pan once 100 150 *
Upgrade every environment item to Level 1 150 400 *
Don't lose any clients 5 levels in a row 200 150 Extend customer waiting time by upgrading the following items in the ENVIRONMENT UPGRADES window:  Mariachi Band, Tables, Logo, Bar Chairs, Cactus
Get more tips 200 400 Go to the ENVIRONMENT UPGRADES and fully upgrade the following items:  Darts, Gate Banner, Pinata, Deck Chairs
Get tips from every customer in one level 350 200 In order to extend customers tips time go to the ENVIRONMENT UPGRADES and upgrade the following items:  Bar Chairs, Masks, Mariachi Band, Tables, Logo
Fully upgrade nachos maker 200 300 *
Serve 3 Nacho portions in 5 seconds 250 250 Try to fully upgrade your Nachos Maker, then wait until at least 3 customers will order Nachos, and then serve them as quickly as possible
Fully upgrade the meat pan 250 350 *
Fully upgrade the tortilla pan 250 350 *
Complete the first 20 levels with 3 stars 300 300 *
Serve 50 churros 400 400 *
Complete 4 customer orders in 7 seconds 400 400 *
Complete all environment upgrades 500 500 *
Complete all kitchen upgrades 500 500 *
Complete all levels with 3 stars 600 600 *

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