UPDATE: Taqueria El Milagro is still awaiting final inspection from the city and the fire department. The official re-opening has been pushed back until Friday, April 7.
Since December, Taqueria El Milagro’s doors have been closed as the restaurant undergoes a complete renovation aimed to give the authentic Mexican restaurant a modern day update.
“Well it’s an older building and nothing had been done to it since they built it, so I suggested that we make it look a little newer and but more modern,” Owner Bulmaro Reveles laughed. “Oxford has changed a lot since I came here, so we needed to update the restaurant.”
Even though a few new Mexican restaurants have popped onto the Oxford dining scene, Reveles knows that the authenticity will continue to set El Milagro apart.
“We have always been different than everyone else. We have more traditional Mexican cuisine; I kept some of the Tex-Mex and other things everyone loves, plus all the authentic dishes that people in Mexico really eat,” Reveles said.
Each and every inch of the restaurant has been redone and renovated in order to provide an enhanced atmosphere to the public. The updates aren’t limited to just the building, as the menu has undergone a transformation of its own. The new menu will feature new traditional Mexican dishes and recipes from Reveles’ native Zacatecas, Mexico. New soups, salads, lamb and fish tacos will be available. However, one dish in particular, made by his wife Vicky, will be a stand out in Reveles’ eyes..the tamales.
“There’s no doubt that they will be the best tamales in town,” he said.
A new addition to the restaurant will be Tienda, a grocery store filled with traditional Mexican ingredients and products to give customers a chance to bring the flavors of Mexico home with them. The store will have handmade tortillas, Mexican sodas, chocolates and so much more. The shop, which first opened in 2001, was located on North Lamar and ran by Vicky. When their lease ran out, the Reveles decided to combine their two family businesses into one.
“This is a tough town to find a new spot, and we just decided that since we were already renovating this that we could combine the two businesses and manage them both better,” Reveles said.
“Tienda and Taqueria El Milagro will truly be a one-stop shop,” said Michael Harrelson, loyal customer and marketing representative for the restaurant. “I like to go and buy the Mexican chocolate that I’ll put in hot chocolate or eat it right out of the bag. It’s a very sophisticated way for customers to experience true authentic Mexican cuisine.”
Another key component of the renovation will be an efficient moving lunch line. Customers will soon be able to stand at the counter, quickly order and receive their food and either sit outside, take it to go or enjoy it inside. Items featured at the counter will be tacos, burritos and any other order that can be completed quickly. Customers will also enjoy a new sound system piping in music throughout the expanded restaurant.
“Better, faster service and providing a better atmosphere without losing any quality is what the renovation was all about,” Reveles said.
Steven Gagliano is a writer for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.