Dining: Not Just Another Mexican Restaurant

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Long-time local restaurateur serves up another winner with Milagros

By Mary Crafts

Weekend diners at Milagros are often serenaded by the son of the owner, Dave Tuomisto. The unique lighting fixtures at this Orem hotspot were created by local artist Tom Holdman. The Spanish decor includes live plants growing above the double-story dining room.

Weekend diners at Milagros are often serenaded by the son of the owner, Dave Tuomisto. The unique lighting fixtures at this Orem hotspot were created by local artist Tom Holdman. The Spanish decor includes live plants growing above the double-story dining room.

There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Utah County.

Ah, but the quest for good Mexican food is ever present. A new restaurant opened a couple months ago very close to my catering offices in Orem, and every day I would see the sign: “MILAGROS — The Best Mexican Food Around.”

This is a pretty bold statement, but not for Dave Tuomisto who is the original owner of Rosa’s and Bajio.  Dave creates simple food in touch with things Mother Earth has to share. Many of his Hispanic crew have followed Dave through each venture and add authentic recipes from their family roots in Mexico.

I’ve eaten there a couple of times, and here are my many likes and a couple of my dislikes.

I love the vegetables! I know. It’s crazy that my favorite thing at a Mexican restaurant is the bowl of grilled fresh vegetables, but I’m serious. They are really good and healthy!

The sweet onion ball is injected with honey, then roasted, and then grilled just before serving. Very fun! The beef is perfectly seasoned and fork tender. Yum! The homemade corn and flour tortillas are great.  The tomatillo salsa and guacamole? Delish!

The Nachos Milagros is served up with three meat choices, and it is definitely the best nachos I’ve ever had — and it’s a full meal for two people.

The prices are very fair for the quality and serving size.

Now for my least favorites. I did not like the pureed salsa as it wasn’t chunky enough for me. I didn’t enjoy the fish taco. I noticed some inconsistencies in the taste of the same food items each time I visited Milagros. When I asked Dave about the differences, he said Mother Nature throws “curve balls” from time to time when you cook with fresh ingredients. Good point.

I’ve been back several times and have always been pleased with the service and the food.

You’ll often find the Culinary Crafts crew hanging out and enjoying the Happy Enchiladas made with those great grilled vegetables.

Another staff favorite is the Milagros Mata Hambre fajitas.

Congratulations, Dave! It looks like you’ve created another winning restaurant.

Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and joy!

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