Thursday, May 25, 2017

El Pueblito: A Taste of México in Bracebridge

Formerly One Fifty Five, a popular fine dining restaurant that opened in Bracebridge in 2009, El Pueblito was created from a desire by owners Chef Michael and Marlenne Rickard to bring the taste and warm welcoming atmosphere of Marlenne’s native country to her new pueblito, which means “small town.” Sunny green walls highlighted with the bright paintings of local artist Wendy Moses, as well as Mexican details such as sombreros, sarape shawls and handmade pottery provide a whimsical backdrop for the couple's outstanding Mexican cuisine. Not to be missed are their outstanding Margaritas which reign supreme, infused with fresh squeezed lime juice, Tequila, and agave nectar served over ice with a lip smacking rim of Kosher salt and slice of lime — ideal with El Peublito's vegan Guacamole and Pico de Gallo with warm homemade corn tortilla chips. Popular dishes include rich, dark and delicious Mole Poblano, fresh marinated Ceviche del Dia, Empanadas, Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos, all freshly prepared using the finest ingredients from authentic recipes courtesy of Marlenne’s grandmother. “Every time we go back to Mexico, my grandmother always grabs Mike in the mornings and says, ‘Today we are doing tamales or enchiladas or empanadas.’ So, she’s the one who teaches him when we go back home,” says Marlenne. There are also many vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu and almost everything is gluten-free.

Chef Michael and Marlenne Rickard

Interior of El Pueblito with Mexican mementos including mariachi sombreros, sarapes and pottery

Mexican tilework

Painting by celebrated Muskoka artist Wendy Moses 

El Pueblito's menu of delicious authentic Mexican dishes

Drinks menu features Margaritas, Mojitos, Cervezas and more

El Pueblito Margaritas and Mojito for our table

El Pueblito Margarita

Blue Demon Margarita

Guacamole con Totopos: Vegan Guacamole made with avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime, serrano chili and house-made chips

Pico de Gallo made with chopped onion, cilantro, tomato, garlic and salsa roja

Pescado del Dia: Red Snapper and Prawns with chochoyón, which are corn masa dumplings

Fish Tacos served on warm corn tortillas with Mexican rice, refried black beans and salsa verde

Rich, dark and delicious Molé Poblano is a signature recipe of Mexican cuisine 
uses over 30 ingredients including chocolate 

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