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May 31, 2020








Tortilla soup. Courtesy photo.

Don Ramon Restaurante Mexicano

An opening date is expected to be announced in mid-February. Visit the Facebook page of Mi Jalisco Restaurante Mexicano in Milford or call the Merrimack location for updates.
Where: 6 Whitney St., Merrimack
Anticipated hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Visit: or call the Merrimack location at 420-8468

New Mexican options
Don Ramon on the way in Merrimack

By Matt Ingersoll

 A new family-owned Mexican restaurant set to open in Merrimack later this month is bringing to town some harder-to-find authentic dishes and cocktails.

Don Ramon Restaurante Mexicano has taken over the spot of the former Wendy’s on Whitney Street in Merrimack and will be opening seven days a week for lunch and dinner with take-out services and a full bar also available. The same owners currently operate three Mi Jalisco Mexican restaurants in Milford, Peterborough and Keene.
According to co-owner Karla Gutierrez, they decided to change the name to create a new brand that will introduce menu items not previously seen in the other restaurants. The weekend menu, for example, is going to feature options that originate from the southwestern Mexican state of Jalisco that will be made fresh to order, like pozole and menudo.
“Pozole and menudo are both soups,” she said. “We’re going to be making a red pozole in a chili base with pork and hominy. It’s not spicy unless you ask for hot sauce on the side … and it has cabbage or lettuce on top, with onions and lime.”
Menudo is also served in a red chili-based broth with beef tripe, cilantro and onions.
Another new dish will be ceviche, which is cooked shrimp mixed with chopped onions, cilantro, tomatoes and cucumbers. Gutierrez said that one will be made fresh to order.
“If you ever do any non-resort type of traveling in Mexico, you will run into all of these dishes,” she said. “The ceviche is very typical especially on the coastal side of Mexico, but I don’t think a lot of people here serve it the way we are. … We’ll be marinating it in lime and salt … and it will be served with either saltine crackers or tostadas.”
Gutierrez said the new restaurant, which is named after co-owner Ramon Quezada, will feature a menu of appetizers and soups similar to what is available at the Mi Jalisco restaurants. There are cheese nachos with chicken or beef, several flavors of quesadillas, including a mango quesadilla cooked with chicken and served with lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo, choriqueso (Mexican sausage with pico de gallo and cheese), plus chilis and salads. Soup flavors will include chicken, chipotle and tortilla.
For entrees, you’ll be able to order grilled tacos with your choice of either chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, chorizos or carnitas, all of which are served with rice, beans and pico de gallo. There will be several fajita, vegetarian and specialty dinner options as well. The Enchilada Supreme, for example, will feature a combination of one chicken enchilada, one cheese enchilada and one beef enchilada, all topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream, and served with rice. The molcajete dinner is grilled rib-eye, chicken breast, shrimp and chorizo, onions and cheese.
Seafood entrees include the seafood chipotle (a combination of crab, tilapia and shrimp, cooked with onions and chipotle sauce and served with rice and guacamole salad), a grilled salmon dish with yellow and red peppers, fish fajitas, quesadillas and more.
A full bar of at least 10 lines of beer is expected to be available, Gutierrez said. There will be a combination of offerings from local breweries as well as popular imported Mexican beers like Pacifico, Modelo Especial and Dos Equis. Specialty cocktails will include the Cantarito, which will be served in an actual Mexican-made clay container.
“We make it with tequila, fresh lime, fresh orange, a pinch of salt, and Squirt, which is a lemon-lime soda,” Gutierrez said, “and then we throw in some chopped up pineapple.”
Don Ramon Restaurante Mexicano will be different from Mi Jalisco restaurants in that there will be a pick-up drive-through window for orders made in advance.
“Because [the property] was a Wendy’s, we actually left one of the drive-through windows,” she said.
Gutierrez said updates on the status of its opening will be made on the Mi Jalisco’s Milford restaurant Facebook page. 

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