Ten years of tasty Taqueria

July 23, 2011

When noon rolls around this Saturday, fans will leave their Facebook pages behind and head in person to "like" one of Hood River's longtime Mexican restaurants - joining the party celebrating 10 years of a successful community restaurant.

"We want to show how much we appreciate all the support we have had for 10 years here," said Carlos Quezada, co-owner of the Taqueria with his wife, Socorro.

The fiesta will include live music throughout the day, beginning at noon.

"For the party we will be making three house specialties - real authentic dishes - mole, posole and carne asada. We will also offer $1 off on every bar drink."

First on the music performers list is "Los Amigos de la Tierra," who will play from noon until about 3:30. Next up is a traditional Mexican dance troupe, Danza Guadalupana, performing traditional folk dances.

From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., the mariachi band "Sol de Michoacan" will entrance the guests. "Los Amigos" will return to close out the evening.

"We hope people will come to listen to the music and just enjoy life," said Quezada. "Everyone is welcome and they don't have to spend a lot of money!"

Arriving in Hood River in 2000 from Los Angeles, the Quezadas brought with them a dream to start their own business.

Originally from Jalisco, "a beautiful place in Mexico where tequila was born and where the rhythm of the mariachi was first heard," according to the Quezadas, the idea of cooking foods from home seemed like a good one.

The Taqueria offers full meals, a la carte dishes, deserts and a full bar. In the summer, patrons can lounge and enjoy the outdoor patio with recently added planters and flower arbor. The simple and flexible menu and the space seem to appeal to many.

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