Hidden Gem: El Patron — Burritos & tequila! Viva Mexico!

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You don’t have to be a fluent Spanish speaker to order the authentic tamales dish – seasoned shredded meat of your choice, rice, cheese and of course the famous green chili sauce wrapped in masa – at El Patron, 192 Harding St. Simply walk in, turn to the smiling head server, Angel Ruiz, and say, “Tamales, por favor!”

Alfredo Garcia, head chef, and Mirna Cazares, co-owner, of El Patron Mexican restaurant.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Alfredo Garcia, head chef, and Mirna Cazares, co-owner, of El Patron Mexican restaurant.

Dish out a whopping $3.50 for a tamale to start your journey of rich and fresh flavors that distinguish the Mexican culture and its extensive history of cooking knowhow, and don’t be surprised if after a three-course meal you are left with enough money to enjoy a few shots of Patrón. What could be more fitting?

El Patron, which opened in February and is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary, is Worcester’s extension of Mexico.

The space is draped with handcrafted arts from Mexico made of copper and indigenous paints, authentic molcajete – you know those great little bowls your guacamole is served in? – and shot glasses hugged with traditional leather and branded with Mexican designs.

If you have never been to Mexico, don’t feel bad, just swing by El Patron for a little taste from our neighboring friends.


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