Capitalizing on the growing popularity of Mexican cuisine, Brimfield's La Terraza Mexican bar & grill, open seven days a week, has the goal of making every diner happy.
It is already nearly seven years old and will celebrate the anniversary of its opening in Brimfield, August 18th when everything will be 30 percent off and diners will be treated by a live Mariachi band.
The Brimfield restaurant, situated in the Cascades on Tallmadge Road near the Tallmadge City border, has a dining room with seating capacity of 160, nearly all of the seating in booths for four to six people. This provides a measure of privacy, but still keeping the festive atmosphere that a good crowd can provide.
"We want dining here to be an enjoyable experience," Alfanso Guzman, the co-owner and manager said while seated inside his restaurant as recorded Mexican music played
The restaurant draws heavily from Brimfield, Kent, Tallmadge, Mogadore, Ravenna, Rootstown, Atwater and Munroe Falls and beyond.
The bar tender, Guzman said, makes a delicious margarita, a Mexican specialty. He also favors daiquiris, a rum based drink, but can concoct any drink the customer wants. The restaurant also features several Mexican beers: Corona, Negra Model, Modelo, Pacifico and others.
Favorite dishes are Barzon burrito with steak, chicken, onions and beans. Variations of Tacos and Enchiladas are popular too. La Terraza features a dinner for two of chicken, beef, pork sausage and vegetable with rice, beans, tortillas and guacamole salads. It has a seafood specialty with crabmeat and chimichurri, a sauce whose origins are Argentinian, but whose popularity is worldwide.
Guzman, who's done almost every kind of restaurant job there is, oversees the creation of all the sauces . Many of them come from his hometown in Mexico where he grew up: La Piedad in michoacan, Mexico, an area west of Mexico City.
Lunches are priced between $4.95 and $8 and someone in a hurry can be in and out in less than 20 minutes, Guzman said. Dinners go as low as $7 with a top price in the $15 range, not including alcoholic beverages.
Mondays, tacos are 99 cents. Tuesday, margaritas are the special priced drink. Wednesday, sangria margaritas are a specialty. Thursday draft beers are $2 each for a smaller glass with $3.99 for a large glass.
La Terraza, weather permitting, has a sidewalk café out front.
Guzman, who lives with his wife, Isabel, and their children in Tallmadge, is part of a group of entrepreneurs that owns several El Campesino Mexican restaurants and Dos Coronos in Ravenna.
"Each restaurant stands on its own", he said. "Each has its own specials. No two restaurants are exactly alike."
Guzman said he wants La Terraza to stand out for the quality of its food and service.
"Stop by and I will show you what I mean," he said, proud of what he has accomplished.