Article by: Kristin McQuivey – Daily Hearld
Looking for Mexican Food in Orem? Check out the feature the Daily Herald did about Milagros.
Christen McQuivey has written a great article that gives you a glimps of our history and the passion that makes us the best Mexican food around. (Read The Original Article)
Dave Tuomisto, creator of Milagros in Orem, is no stranger to successful restaurants.
“You can count on one hand how many great restaurants are out there where the owner touches a plate and makes sure the food is great,” the restaurateur said. “It is hard to name a restaurant in Utah County that had great food and failed.”
Tuomisto’s restaurant history began in Utah when he opened Rosa’s in Provo in 1999. The restaurant was extremely successful, but he learned the hard way that investors can’t always be trusted.
Next he opened Bajio’s with just five employees and a credit card. In a few short years it grew to 20 restaurants in multiple states. He said he is seeing the small business owner slowly disappearing though.
“We’re a dying breed,” Tuomisto said. “We can’t buy chicken for $40 a case like a big chain restaurant. But they don’t cook, they heat things up. And you can taste the difference between that and something made fresh with natural ingredients.”
He said he bases his culinary knowledge on experience. As a child, he lived in Arizona and spent his vacations in Mexico.
“I’ve spent 12 years in Mexican kitchens, and am always on a mission to find really great, authentic and fresh Mexican food,” he said. “I develop all the recipes myself. …. I like to make sure that everything has many different textures and flavors.”
He requires everything be fresh and the meats be of high quality. Meats are prepared very slowly and marinated a long time. Nothing is ordered bulk or frozen. He hand-picks every mango in the salad.
Kristen, thanks for the great article.
Come in and make Milagros Mexican Restaurant in Orem your favorite for fresh Mexican Food.
Dave and Sarah