Shop-O-Matic: A Taste of Mexico

2012-07-01T09:00:00Z 2014-11-19T13:03:52Z Shop-O-Matic: A Taste of MexicoWritten by Brandi Wills | Photography by Jennifer Silverberg Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest

From its grocery items and household goods to vendor stands and a full-service taqueria, El Torito is a wonderland of Mexican delights. Owners Hector and Angeles Garduño stock the shelves of their supermercado with Mexican kitchen staples, including canned dulce de leche, Mexican chocolate, fresh-baked pastries, a large selection of spices and dried chiles, Mexican snacks and candies, Mexican cheeses, and an assortment of rice and beans not found in the typical American grocery store. The small but impressive produce selection includes many hard-to-find items, and the meat counter sells housemade fajitas, tamales, carnitas and fresh tortillas on the weekends in addition to its daily array of specialty meats and cuts.

Throughout the store you’ll find the Garduños’ family members selling fresh snacks at vendor stands. The fresh fruit stand offers thick, juicy chunks of jicama, cucumber, prickly pear, mango, papaya, watermelon and more. Another stand offers fresh-squeezed juices and juice blends. We highly recommend El Vampiro, a blend made of carrot, celery, beet and ginger. And don’t pass up the esquite stand. In this version of the elote, a popular Mexican treat, corn, mayonnaise, lime juice, cotija cheese and chile powder are layered in a cup and served with a spoon. For something more substantial, check out the store’s taqueria, where a full-service kitchen serves a variety of antojitos, authentic entrées and deliciously creamy horchata and rompope. Order a margarita, sing along to the mariachi music and be transported to Mexico.

El Torito, 2753 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District, 314.771.8648

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