by Marshall Ward
Mexican street food is irresistible.
Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas, churros — Mexican street cuisine is legendary. And you don’t necessarily need to find it on a Mexican street. You can find it in St. Jacobs.
“Welcome, this is my place, La Abuela Mexican Street Food at this beautiful St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market,” says Gerry Borbolla, who serves up hot and tasty Mexican street fare in both the main market building and Peddler’s Village, and outdoors in the summer.
Gerry was raised in the Mexican city of Querataro and moved to Canada 15 years ago. His wife Yvonne Garces cooks up their authentic Mexican cuisine and greets customers with a big smile in Peddler’s Village.
She knows the menu inside-out: “Starting with tacos, which are gluten free, we have chicken, chorizo, fish, shrimp, and we also have very special homemade green enchiladas which are top quality and our salsa is just amazing,” says Garces.
“And I have the quesadillas, you can have the choice of cheese or chicken or veggies or chorizo, and I have the most amazing burrito. My best top seller is the torta, the torta is kind of a Mexican sandwich which is made with chorizo as well, and the gorditas.”
Over in the main market building, hungry customers wait in line as Borbolla serves up his famous burritos.
“We have chicken tinga, pulled pork, pulled beef, veggie, and our very popular eggs and chorizo for any time of day,” he says.
They are proud to make their own Mexican chorizo using only high-quality Ontario pork with no additives.
Gerry says: “Believe me, it’s amazing the flavour, our Mexican street food. It’s beautiful being here at the market, the vendors are amazing, so friendly, the staff is beautiful, it’s a fun and safe place to come with your family, your kids, your friends, it’s a beautiful place. We’re here and we’re waiting for you to come visit us, La Abuela Mexican Street Food – the real taste from Mexico.”