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A slice of Mexico ... served in Sikeston

Sunday, July 27, 2008

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Tim Jaynes, Staff Rigobarto Trajo, manager of El Torero in Sikeston, poses in the restaurant with one of the dishes served there. The location came under new ownership and management earlier this year, resulting in changes in recipes amongst other items, which management hopes will make the restaurant a little bit more like what someone would encounter in Mexico.
SIKESTON -- Just because someone is dining in Sikeston doesn't mean they can't have an authentic Mexican experience.

That's the philosophy of the new leadership at El Torero in Sikeston.

"We're trying to make it feel like you are in Mexico, even though you are in the States," said Rigobarto Trajo, manager. "We try to make it feel like a good experience."

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Tim Jaynes, Staff One of the chicken dishes served at El Torero in Sikeston.
So since Sergio Mandaz took over as owner in March, there have been small changes to make the restaurant a bit more authentic, said Trajo.

"The food has changed a little bit," he said. "We have changed a little bit on the recipes and added a little bit more spices."

But for those who don't like some seasonings or items, such as onions, they can request they be left out. And Trajo stressed that El Torero is a family restaurant, which also features a children's menu with pizza, chicken and cheeseburgers, to name a few.

"We've got something for every member of the family," he said.

Some menu items have been added as well, said Trajo. One popular choice is the steak burrito, topped with cheese sauce.

And people have noticed a difference in the taste, as staff members have received several compliments, according to Trajo. The different taste is also thanks in part to changing suppliers on some items.

Under the new ownership, El Torero has changed some of its prices. However, unlike several other stores and restaurants that are increasing prices, the cost of meals and drinks has gone down a bit, he said.

Several lunch and dinner specials -- about three to four for each meal daily -- are offered and listed on a sign at the restaurant's atrium. "You have a lot to choose from," said Trajo.

The $3.99 lunch and $5.99 dinners are quite popular, he added.

In another change to make the restaurant more like Mexico, sodas are now served in bottles instead of glasses, pointed out Trajo. "It's just a little bit more like Mexico," he said.

Also served are Jarritos -- one of the traditional drinks sold in Mexico, he said. El Torero features a full bar, too.

Salt and pepper shakers at the restaurant are in the Corona bottles, typical of what one would see in Mexico, pointed out Trajo.

El Torero is beginning to cater meals. For those who want to have a large group of people at the restaurant, which seats more than 100, Trajo said reservations are accepted.

Items remain available for pick-up in the location's drive-thru window, said Trajo.

Trajo said the staff makes every effort to keep the restaurant clean and provide good service. Management is always open to any customer comments or suggestions, he said.

Restaurant hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. El Torero is located at 213 N. Main in Sikeston at the Shoppes at Lake Crossing and the phone number is 481-2111.