Opening of the Mexican restaurant Malinche in Bonita Springs

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A new choice has recently joined the multitude of Mexican restaurants in Bonita Springs.

Malinche Mexican Cuisine opened its doors at the end of June in downtown Bonita Springs, anchored by Publix supermarket and Old Time Pottery at the northwest corner of Bonita Beach Road and US 41. Brothers and co-owners Antonio and Jorge Salazar launched their casual restaurant in the space along Bonita Beach Road which Subway Dinner released two years ago.

Recently moved to Southwest Florida from St. Louis, the Salazars are originally from Tlaxcala, a state in central Mexico where a volcano is named after the iconic La Malinche, an indigenous woman from the Gulf Coast known for helping the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The volcano and its name are on the restaurant logo.

“The restaurant offers authentic recipes from central and southern Mexico“, said Antonio Salazar. “These are recipes from our grandmothers and our mothers. It’s really good, for real. It’s really fresh.

Trays of avocados on the counter between the open kitchen and the dining area represent this freshness. “We keep the avocados right there so people know we’re using fresh produce. We crush them on order to make guacamole,” he said, noting that they plan to eventually make guacamole at the table.

Salazar also promotes the transparency of the open kitchen, where a worker can be seen hand pressing blue corn dough to create fresh tortillas. “I told everyone we had nothing to hide,” he said. “We use all fresh produce.”

The front of the menu features Classics de la Casa or House Classics. An early favorite is Mixiotes Tlaxcaltecasa central Mexican entree that includes chicken marinated in ancho-based sauce and morita peppers, nopalitos cactus and spices. The dish is served with Mexican rice, salsa green and in-house handmade blue corn tortillas. Other house classics include grilled skirt steak, fajitas, seafood stew, grilled salmon, Chile relleno, whole tilapia and Oaxaca-style tamales.

The menu also features a variety of tacos, tortas, and Tex-Mex selections such as burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Appetizers include homemade guacamole, empanadasstreet corn dip and queso funds.

The new business serves beer and wine and plans to add a full bar. Margaritas are made with agave wine. “They are really good,” Salazar said.

Malinche, 3250 Bonita Beach Road SW, Suite 202, is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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