Milagros Orem Restaurant and Guy Francis

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At Milagros restaurant in Orem, on the wall as you enter the dining room, you will find a very unique automated flying chile hanging on the wall.  Yes, a flying chile that moves it wings.  This unusual work of art was created by Guy Francis.

I have a few buddies, who frequent Milagros, that are professional illustrators.  Guy Francis is one of them.  Guy is a children’s book illustrator and has over two dozen books to his credit.guy francis stuido

I’ve known Guy for almost 20 years and his works of art have lived on the walls of restaurants I have been involved with since Rosa’s.  Guy is extremely talented in many areas besides book illustration.  In the past few years, his art has leaped off the traditional canvas and have become a moving 3 dimensional experience.

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City Weekly Votes Milagros Best Utah Mexican Food

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Last week, City Weekly SLC, honored Milagros with the “Best Of Utah Mexican Food award for 2013.  City Weekly is an independent newspaper that keeps Utahns informed about the arts, entertainment, music, dining, nightlife, culture and politics no less.

They are an excellent resource for keeping the people of Utah updated about what’s new in each area.  Suggesting the best places to go for food, music, events to film and TV takes the mystery out where to go eat, and what to do for the week-end. Thank you City Weekly for this recognition.

Best Miraculous Mexican Cuisine

“Milagros, meaning “miracles” in Spanish, is a heavenly take on Mexican fare. This Orem restaurant was started by Dave Tuomisto, the restaurateur who also founded the popular Bajio chain. His newest dining destination is a restaurant that offers a sometimes-sweeter take on traditional Mexican cuisine, such as the seafood tacos that come with pineapple salsa and roasted-red-pepper chutney, or the popular grilled onion ball that’s injected with Read More→

Milagros: Orem Restaurant Celebrate Birthdays Privately

milagros-orem-restaurants-birthday-cakeIn many Orem restaurants, they celebrate customer’s birthdays by singing to the special guest of honor. There are special traditions that develop within a business culture and birthday singing seems to be one of them.

At Milagros, we do not sing “Happy Birthday” in the dining room. It always seems so insincere with I’m eating out and watch waiters huddled around a table singing birthday regards.

However, we at Milagros take birthdays very seriously, that is if you are a part of the Milagros team.

The Mexican culture has played a big influence in our “over-the-top” birthday celebrations. And, I’m not talking about just chocolate cake. Our birthday cakes are not only baked with unique cake flavors, they are brightened up with fresh oranges, mangos, strawberries and kiwi. Read More→

Orem Restaurants: A Milagros Review

Milagros-chili-rellenosI have to admit it feels pretty good when we get a great Milagros review. Although Hyrum Romrell of SLC  Food Radar seldom does reviews Orem Restaurants, he stopped in to Milagros under unusual circumstances. And we are glad he did.

Mr. Romrell featured wonderful pictures of our food and wrote great information about every dish he and his family ate.

“I went the pork chile rellenos as my choice.  I had a conversation with my dad a few weeks back about Mexican restaurants.  He thinks a good barometer on how good a Mexican place is, is based on how good they do their chile rellenos.  Read More→

Orem Restaurants: Dave Gives His Thai Drift Review

If you asked me to choose my favorite Orem Restaurant I would have to say Milagros. This restaurant is my passion. If you know me well,  you would know that it is not hard for me to go on about our customers, Milagros food and the fabulous art of local artists.

But lets go a different route. When I have a craving for different flavors I usually have a craving for something really different, something with unique spices that are different from Milagros.

One of My Favorite Orem Restaurants

Thai Drift in Orem fits the bill. It is spicy, fresh and I always get good service.

Thai Drift has some of the very best curry in Utah. The Red Curry is my favorite. They call it “The Mother Of All Curries” a title that fits. Read More→

Best Mexican Food In Utah: Milagros, Orem Utah

Milagros has the best Mexican food in Utah at least that is what our customers say! We even got them on video.

We appreciate everyone that participated in making the video. It was a lot of fun. Thank you for being the best part of our business.

Dave

City Weekly features Jackson Danger of Milagros Utah

City weekly Jackson Danger articleWow! In December, City Weekly came to Milagros Mexican Food Restaurant to interview our own week-end entertainer, Jackson Danger.  For several years, Jackson has performed most week-ends at Milagros, moving from table to table and singing old favorites.  The article in City Weekly just appeared on the stands, which includes a fine article about Jackson.  Here’s a copy for you to enjoy.

Article by:  Kolbie Stonehoker

Jackson Danger
Local 13-year-old Prodigy Is an “Old Soul”

When Lindon-based guitarist and songwriter Jackson Danger speaks, it’s with a voice that doesn’t match his young age. Steady and unwavering, it’s the voice of someone who has seen a thing a two, even though, at 13 years old, Danger has only begun to experience the world.

“People tell me all the time how I’m an old soul in a young body,” Danger says with an easy confidence, his vintage Gibson Hummingbird in his hands.

We’re seated around a small table on a busy Saturday night in Milagros, a Mexican restaurant in Orem owned by Danger’s father, Dave. For the past two years, Danger (full name Jackson Danger Tuomisto) has been performing here nearly every weekend as Jackson Danger, serenading customers with covers of mostly folk songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Danger has a knack for attracting loyal listeners who return, week after week, to watch him play.

“One time, I was playing my guitar here, and this woman asked me if I could play ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young, and I told her I didn’t know that one, but I’d learn it, then play it for her next week,” Danger says. “And so I played it for her, and she started crying because it meant so much to her. So, I feel like, with my music, I can connect with people.”

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Auction and Concert At Milagros in Orem

You’ve heard the old saying, “When it rains, it pours.”  This is certainly the case for Lisa Harris, a single mother of four beautiful children.

After a divorce,  Lisa decided to share her teaching and singing talent by starting  “Sing with Lisa Vocal Studios,” out of her home. She wanted to share how music was able to help her confidence and how it gave her strength through difficult times.  She also saw the need and wanted to help the youth in her community realize their potential and understand how valuable they are to those around them.

Her business has grown significantly, and she now has a vocal studio in her backyard where she teaches her students. She has also provided jobs for two additional teachers who teach from the studio; one being her daughter Hailey.

Among all of the success Lisa has found, she has also experienced significant hardships. Three years ago, her oldest daughter passed away at the age of 17, and just two weeks ago Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer and will start treatments this week.

In addition, Lisa now faces the possibility of losing her home and being forced to move.  She must pay $7,000 by Thursday to avoid this.  If Lisa loses her home, she also loses her business, and it is in this time of need that we, as friends and students, are pulling together to do everything possible to help.  Milagros is joining this effort along with several other businesses.

Through all this, Lisa remains one of the most optimistic women you will ever meet, who has blessed many lives through her example of faith and determination to serve those around her.

Please join us as we gather together to show our support for Lisa and her family, during this difficult time.

Where: Milagros restaurant, 970 W. 800 N., Orem (East of Winco)

When: Wednesday, December 19, 6:30 to 9 pm.

What: Dinner (optional, order from menu), Auction, and Concert

Goal: $7,000 raised

RSVP or Questions: call Caroline Hyde at 801-368-4233 or email hydemomma@gmail.com

Come on out December 19, 2012 and join friends students and Milagros Mexican Restaurant in supporting Lisa and her family.

Dave Tuomisto

P.S. Milagros means “Miracles” and we want to see one on Wednesday night.  Please join us.

 

Milagros Rare Neon Sign Find

Me & Matta’s neon headed for Milagros

I recently had a chance to pick up an iconic Mexican Food neon sign from Mesa Arizona.

I’m always on the lookout for signs from the past.  They tell a story that only 50 years of glow can tell.

Neon signs are hard to find and it’s becoming a lost art.  When a neon sign breaks, it’s not uncommon to just toss it in the landfill and call some schmuck in a shiny red truck to replace your classic sign with a plastic back-lit can sign.  Uggg!

But first… before I tell you about my rare find… let me give you a little history.

I have always been a sucker for vintage neon signs and clocks.  It started back when I was about four years old.

Rambler Motel in the 60s

My grandmother owned a motel called “The Rambler”.  It was located in Provo, Utah and it was due west of the Utah Valley Hospital.  (Big medical offices are there now.)

“The Rambler Motel” greeted guests with the typical 1960s sign.  I remember helping pick out the letters that boasted of a warm swimming pool and really clean rooms.

So… you see, my fondness for signs came at an early age out of that experience.

Back to the Mexican Food neon sign.

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Milagros Mexican Food Restaurant Serve BYU Football Players

BYU Football players and coaches love Mexican Food.  Even though many of them frequent Milagros Mexican food restaurant in Orem, they loved to be served on their own turf.

This fall, during training, Jackson and I catered several meals to the BYU football players and coaches.

I’ve always been a huge fan of BYU, and it’s always a great experience for me to be in the mix on a more personal level than just being in an apron at Milagros or on the BYU “Chain Gang”. 

Boy, those big guys can pack it away.  The first time around, there wasn’t much left for the coaches… who were the last in line.  We learned quickly that it would be double fare for these guys.

At Bronco Mendenhall’s request, every Thursday… we pack it up and head on down to the BYU campus at lunch time… where super hungry football coaches wait to eat the best Mexican Food in Utah.  Their individual requests span a huge variety from our menu.  They order every thing from Burritos (We’ve named a special one for Bronco), to Barry’s Pollo Fundido, Beef and Chicken Chimichangas, Chicken Salad, Seafood Enchiladas… to a half rack of Baby Backs Hermosillo.

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