Authentic recipes await at Pueblo Antiguo

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Owner Javier Leon stands in his Restaurant Pueblo Antiguo Mexican Grill, a new eatery in Bertram that brings together the best of the rich cultures and diverse flavors of his native Jalisco, Mexico. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Owner Javier Leon stands in his Restaurant Pueblo Antiguo Mexican Grill, a new eatery in Bertram that brings together the best of the rich cultures and diverse flavors of his native Jalisco, Mexico. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado

BERTRAM — A new and unique dining experience, Pueblo Antiguo Mexican Grill, offering authentic Mexican food is now open in Bertram.

Restaurant business associate Javier Leon said the eatery, located at 102 Castleberry Ct. and State Highway 29, brings together the best of the rich cultures and diverse flavors of his native Jalisco, Mexico.

The blend is evident in the varied offerings that include Molcajetes, fajitas, steak, seafood and a variety of salads along with the traditional plates like enchiladas, tacos, chili relleno, and tortilla soup, but prepared using their own savory recipes.

Also among their offerings are flame broiled hamburgers, Pueblo Poblano cheeseburgers, and chicken fried steak and chicken wings, among the favored appetizers.

Joaquin Salazar, Leon’s childhood friend from Jalisco is his business associate and oversees the menu and food preparation. Both have extensive experience in the restaurant business.

Deleon spent over 15 years working in Tennessee with a chain of Mexican food restaurants while Salazar has been working in Corpus Christi for the past 12 years in the restaurant business.

Both are encouraged by the growth potential in the area and expect that Pueblo Antiguo Mexico Grill will distinguish itself with its food, service and atmosphere.

“Don’t expect the same,” said Leon. “We want to give people plenty of reasons to visit that are often missing in other restaurants. Restaurant Pueblo Antiguo is a family place, like home. We invite people to not only come to enjoy our food when they’re hungry but to get comfortable, stay and visit.”

The new spacious Mexican Grill, distinctively furnished and decorated, is open 10 a.m. -9 p.m. daily and offers lunch specials every day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A dramatic mural of Jalisco’s historic pueblo center, Pueblo de Jesus de Maria, graces a full wall of the restaurant.

Jalisco is important to Leon not only because it’s his birthplace, but because of its rich heritage. Jalisco is known for its diversity, cultural traditions and natural beauty along with being the birthplace of mariachis, rodeos, tequila, Ballet Folklorico, the Mexican Hat Dance, charros, and wide-brimmed sombreros.

It was in Jalisco that Leon, growing up in a family of 15, developed his entrepreneurial spirit. His father owned and operated a taco stand and his family all helped with the sale of fruit, vegetables, bake goods and lemonade among countless other things.

“We worked from sun up to way passed sundown and usually running from event to event, but especially soccer games,” Leon said. “I also worked in the agave (tequila) fields as well as in a shoe factory.”

Salazar was primarily involved in the cattle business while growing up in Jalisco.

With plenty of experience and a strong background, Leon and Salazar are confident in their new Bertram restaurant.

“The community has responded well to our opening and we are eager to meeting everyone,” he said. “We are just beginning, excited and looking forward to the future.”

For more information, call the Restaurant Pueblo Antiguo Mexican Grill at (512) 355-2749.

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