There’s a new restaurant in town, and it’s serving up authentic Mexican favorites.
Taqueria Loza opened in early October at 1145 Washington Blvd., taking the place of Nate’s East Coast Grill.
“Everything is 100 percent authentic Mexican,” owner Jose Loza said.
Ogden couple Jose and Destiny Loza are new to the restaurant business, but together they make a great team. She loves to cook, and he knows all the authentic Mexican recipes.
31-year-old Jose came to Utah from Mexico 16 years ago, and 32-year-old Destiny moved here from Arizona around that same time.
“My dad always wanted to open a restaurant, but he got ill and passed away about 11 years ago,” Destiny said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do in memory of him.”
The restaurant is decorated in bright colors and pinatas. One of the main menu items at Taqueria Loza is the street tacos — corn tortillas filled with the customer’s choice of meat, onions, cilantro, fresh cheese and avocado.
“That’s the way they sell them on the streets in Mexico,” Destiny said. “On Wednesdays the street tacos are two for $1.50.”
In the warmer months, the couple plans to have their taco cart, as well as table and chairs, outside on the east side of the building along Washington Boulevard. People can stop by, grab a street taco or two and sit outside and eat.
Although the street tacos are the main items, their top seller is the Taco Pirata.
“It’s kind of like a burrito or quesadilla but folded like a taco,” Destiny said.
Taco Pirata is a flour tortilla that’s been grilled with cheese and filled with meat, onions, cilantro, fresh cheese and avocado.
The couple gets most of their products for the restaurant locally at Rancho Market and Bonneville Meats. The restaurant’s meat options include steak, pork, chicken, shredded beef and tripa, the small intestines from beef.
“We go through those like crazy,” Destiny said of the tripa. “We boil them, throw them on the grill and make them as crispy as the customer wants.”
Other menu items include rice and beans, tostadas, tortas and fresh rice pudding.
“Tortas are like a huge sandwich,” Destiny said. “It’s meat, lettuce, tomato, mayo, avocado and cheese on a big bun.”
On Saturdays, they serve up the traditional Mexican soup, Menudo. If you stop by, chances are you’ll meet Jose and Destiny, as they not only own Taqueria Loza, they operate it, too, with help from their nephew, Josiah Gonzales. And if you like your food spicy ask for Jose’s secret red salsa.
“It’s pretty spicy,” Destiny said.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday; closed, Sunday and Monday. Prices at the restaurant range from $1.50 to $7.99.