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Friday, May 6, 2016

Open for business

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Former fast food stop now serving Mexican cuisine

After much anticipation, the site where the McDonald's used to sit is open for business.

Jose Arceo has brought his expertise and staff from Washington state to give Storm Lake a fine Mexican dining experience at Plaza Mexico.

Owner Arceo worked with his brothers in their restaurants in Washington (they also own restaurants in the Portland, Ore., area). He brought two more brothers to open his Storm Lake store, making this a family business. Areco said he has nine brothers.

Plaza Mexico serves lunch and dinner and Arceo says everything is fresh and made on the premises.

"We prepare all our food here, nothing comes out of can," he said Tuesday. "We make it all."

A generous appetizer selection heads up a menu that is large and varied featuring beef, pork, chicken and seafood dishes served with rice and beans.

Also included are enchiladas, egg dishes, burritos, tostados, salads and combination plates. Children's portions are offered. American and Mexican beers are offered as are margaritas.

This week, the Plaza Mexico earned a positive food review in a surprise visit from Pilot-Tribune staffers.

"It was very clean and nicely decorated," R.C. Alsman said. "The seating arrangements are very comfortable.

"We were seated immediately and served chips and salsa, told the daily lunch specials and asked what we wanted to drink."

Alsman and her dining companion Ralna Krager said they were brought their drinks and gave their orders to a helpful staff.

"The wait staff was very curteous and fast," Krager said. "We waited less than eight minutes before our orders were brought out. The staff was attentive but not overly so during the time we were there."

Alsman said she had Expresso Burrito combination plate.

"The burrito was filled with chicken, rice, salsa, beans and topped lettuce, tomato, cheese and sauce," Alsman said. "It was just wonderful. I couldn't eat the whole thing."

Areco had the entire building refurbished so his customers can have pleasant dining experience. Booths are around all the walls and in the rear area there are tables for larger parties. The building, inside and out, is painted to resemble adobe, lending a sense of the Southwest to the north side of Storm Lake.