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→
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.
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.
It’s rare not to see me in the kitchen on busy weekends, working among the spicy aromas of a Mexican Food kitchen. However, there is one event that allows me to take a break… BYU Football. I don’t attend in the usual manner, as a spectator, but as a member of the “Chain Gang.”
(For those who don’t know what that is… it’s the “Chain crew” who are assistance to the officials. They handle the first down measuring chain.)
Running the BYU Football “Chain Gang”, as I have done for the past 8 years, is something I always look forward too.
It’s a privilege to know all the coaches, but they usually associate me with their last great Mexican Food feast. And, since Jackson Danger and I cater lunch for the team during spring ball, most of the players associate me with wearing an apron, not black and white stripes.
I miss much of the game that the spectators in the bleachers see. However, I see, hear and sometime feel things, by standing with my shoes on the out-of-bounds grass, that the fans never see or experience.
Sometimes the “Chain Gang” will switch sides of the field at half time. I find it interesting to be on the opposing team’s side of the field and watch how the other team manages the game…how their coaches react under pressure, how they inspire (or not) their players. I also get to observe how the team members, and coaches support each other (or not).
Okay, we are going to toot our horn a little and show you the kind of rave reviews we get at Milagros Mexican Restaurant.
Wow, a Mexican Restaurant in Utah that compares to Texas and California! Toot! Toot!
If you’ve been here, you know!
Milagros is a whole new Mexican food experience. It’s not boring plain meats wrapped in five-day-old tortillas. And it’s not that sugar-cola-saturated stuff you find at other places either.
Instead, it’s amazingly fresh ingredients, combined with savory flavors for a taste explosion unlike any you’ll find this side of the Rockies.
Utah has been begging for this kind of dining experience, and we deliver it.
Watch the video and see the Milagros difference.
(No 6 year olds were harmed filming this video.)
Finally, a Mexican restaurant in Utah that doesn’t just talk “Fresh natural ingredients.” You can see for yourself!
Milagros is serving the best Mexican food in Orem, Utah. And we believe it is the best Mexican food in Utah.
Plus! Jackson Danger performs every Friday night.
Because you want the best, join us today.