Restaurants and bars of all sizes and flavors have opened in the Erie region in recent months, despite tough economic conditions. Here is a sample. We will add more as time goes on. Feel free to share anything we missed with Jennie Geisler at [email protected]
Enrique’s Southeast Mexican Taqueria and Tortilleria
Enrique, 1801 Liberty St., (814) 616-0037; Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily except Sundays, when they are closed. They have a breakfast menu available all day, in addition to lunch and dinner menus. The “southeast” in the name refers to the geographic region of Mexico, which offers a different culture than other restaurants, including recipes prepared as co-owner Enrique Garcia’s mother taught him. The restaurant is on the site of the former Luigi’s.
News and Notes
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The restaurant, owned by JB and Ellen Innes, serves mocktails prepared by Blind Tiger, produced by Rebecca Styn of Room 33 Speakeasy, 1033 State St., since opening in late August. Until the license transfer is complete, customers may bring their own alcohol.
Bay House Oyster Bar and Restaurant
Bay House officially opened at 6 Sassafras Pier on December 10. After years of planning, buying, building and imagining, John Melody and Russel Stachewicz were able to see their biggest project to date come to life. Neither would talk about the final bill, but Melody agreed it was in seven figures.
This shows. The gleaming restaurant has an elegant leather feel to the first floor and a hitherto silent mezzanine, all served by an Argentinian grill suspended from chains so it is height adjustable and heated with ashen charcoal in a brick kiln below. . The food is delicious – at least what we tasted, including the porterhouse pork chop, basil cream fettuccine, crab cakes, tenderloin, charcuterie board and cocktails. Don’t skip cocktails unless you have to. They put a lot of effort into it.
The city’s flagship food hall
The food hall has nine restaurants, including:
The Straw Hat Sundae Shop, serving Berkey Creamery ice cream
Shawarma Station, serving roast chicken and beef as well as other Middle Eastern delicacies
Taste Of Love, soul food and seafood
Lucky Louie’s, dressed dogs and fries
Taste & See Fruit & Veggie Bar, smoothies, bowls and healthy products
Noodle Love, Asian Fusion
Dina’s Dominican Kitchen, authentic Dominican cuisine
Blue Willow Bakery & Cafe, serving soups, breads, and other light fare
Perry’s Tavern, pizza and full bar
Open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: New to Erie: Enrique’s Southeast Mexican Taqueria and Tortilleria