My friend and I were looking for somewhere to have dinner that would be close to our next destination. She looked online and found JC’s Tacos and More on the corner of Henderson and McIntosh Avenue.
Brenda knows I’m not a fan of spicy food, so she phones ahead and they tell her the food is not that spicy, but for customers wanting heat they have plenty of hot sauces.
The decor is quaint and colourful. There are four amazing murals painted on the walls. I love the chairs – hand painted and imported from Mexico. It’s like something you’d see in an art gallery.
The menu has the usual assortment that you’d expect in Latin American food – tacos, tostadas, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, with sides including beans, rice, pico de gallo, etc.
There are vegetarian options. Upon request some foods can be prepared gluten free (this includes cleaning the cooking area to ensure it is free from gluten particles).
Staff are friendly, service quick, and food hot upon arrival. I have a chicken quesadilla with guacamole and it is delicious – and true to their word, not spicy. To go with that, I have a refreshing pineapple soda. Brenda has the enchilada, which she says is very good.
With an assortment of more than 20 hot sauces, all prepared in-house, you can spice up your dish to suit your heat tolerance. They are available for purchase. Made from natural ingredients, they do not contain preservatives.
Owner Marvin Dubon comes by to see how our meal is.
He explains he considers the customers to be the owners, as the experience is for them. His goal is to ensure they are happy and taken care of, and he wants the same for his staff.
Originating from El Salvador, and his wife being from Mexico, influenced the family’s decision to open this Latin American / Mexican restaurant more than six years ago.
To provide an authentic experience, Marvin went to Monterrey, Mexico and to Texas to volunteer his time working in restaurants to see how they ran things.
Each morning Marvin shops for fresh produce. Whenever possible, he chooses locally grown vegetables, and meat from free-range raised animals. They cook everything on site (there are no microwaves in the kitchen).
Marvin leaves us with samples of hibiscus, orange and traditional flavoured Yerba Mate drinks, a traditional South American drink. They are produced and bottled in Manitoba.
This isn’t a fast food restaurant, so don’t expect fast food prices. A little more than your average taco place, it is definitely value for money as the food is delicious and ingredients fresh.
I watch in awe as Marvin puts together the “El Senor” burrito. The wrap, larger that a pizza pan, is topped with generous helpings of cheese and meat, then folded. It is intended to feed three people.
I talk to the recipients of this large burrito. Shay Russell has already eaten half of it. As with most teenage boys, I suspect he has a hollow leg. Mom Rosemarie has only managed a half of her half, and is thinking Shay may have to finish it off.
Shay tell me, “It was the best Mexican food I ever had”.