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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 / 9:50 AM

Siete Luminarias Opens on Cherokee Street

It takes a lot of confidence to open a restaurant, even more so to hold its Grand Opening on Friday the 13th. Hats off to Luis and Ramon Garcia for doing just that. 

The brothers recently opened Siete Luminarias at 2818 Cherokee (former site of La Vallesana 2). We know we don't have to vouch for the authenticity of any restaurant with a Cherokee St. address, but even then, there are a few surprises: Joining the standard litany of burritos, enchiladas, gorditas, tortas, tamales, and eight kinds of street tacos, are tlacoyos (a fried, stuffed masa cake, resembling a small football) and pambazo (Mexican bread dipped in guajillo pepper sauce, then stuffed and eaten as a sandwich). Prices are all under $10; street tacos are $1.50 per.

On weekends, the rotating selection of soups includes green pozole, red pozole, menudo, and mexican meatball. Also noteworthy is that the Garcias make their tortillas--both flour and corn--fresh in-house daily. 

Siete has a Facebook page and the brothers took it upon themselves to open a page on both UrbanSpoon and Yelp. Like I said, a little confidence never hurts.   

Siete Luminarias
2818 Cherokee
On Facebook: Siete Luminarias Mexican Restaurant
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(And a few of the signs are as spicy as the fare. We won't go there, but Luis speaks perfect English....ask him to translate.)


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Jan 27, 2012 05:53 am
 Posted by  Linda V

Well, I can vouch for authenticity of this restaurant! If you like true Mexican food. Then this is the place for you.
You will find nothing that even slightly resembles TexMex or Taco Bell. Just down home cooking from the middle of Mexico.
The menu is written in Spanish and next to it English so you know exactly what your ordering if you happen not to read Spanish very well.
I enjoyed the chips and salsa in the cutest little donkey and cart I have ever seen! The salsa, mmm wish they bottled it.
And step out of your comfort zone, try some different beverages that are fantastic, ask your server for a recommendation. So glad I did not settle for my regular ice tea.
The price is decent. I spend more at any fast food place for lunch.
My only complaint: How do I manage to try everything on the menu?

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