Flores Mexican Restaurant

Dec. 30 was the last day of business at Flores Mexican Restaurants Hwy. 290 location, and it was bittersweet for co-owner Maria Flores.

She said she and her brother, Jose Gonzalo Flores, helped their parents, Maggie and Jose Flores Sr., open the Tex-Mex restaurant in Oak Hill in 1993, and the place holds many memories for her.

We are super excited about the new store [on William Cannon Drive], but its kind of sadthe end of an era, she said. Weve had over 21 years at [the Hwy. 290 location]. It was the beginning of it all. It gave us the start for all of the other stores.

On Jan. 17 the Flores family opened its new restaurant near the Shops at Arbor Trails. Maria called it bigger and betterit features homemade flour and corn tortillas and a sprawling mural.

The bar can seat 120 patrons and is separate from the dining area.

The new location is the next step in Jose Flores Sr.s restaurant business plan. Jose Flores Sr. started in the industry as a dishwasher and worked his way up to be a chef, Maria said. He has worked at Trudys, Serranos and Matts Famous El Rancho.

She said the family was well-received in Oak Hill and opened a location in Lakeway in 1994.

Lakeway chose us, Maria said. We had regulars living in Lakeway, and they really encouraged us to open [a] location there.

Today there are four Flores locations, including restaurants in Dripping Springs and Four Points.

Flores serves some interior Mexican food, but it is best known for its Tex-Mex dishes, Maria said. The fajitas and combination plates are among the restaurants best sellers.

Some of our newer dishes, such as the red pork, have been growing in popularity, she said. Even the pozole [a traditional Mexican stew]which is very Mexican people are loving it.

Everyone always comments that the salsa here is the best and the spiciest, Jose Gonzalo said. Its spicier [in Oak Hill] than at the other stores. This was the original recipe. We modified them a little bit for the other stores, but this is the original.

The Flores family takes pride in making everything fresh and having high standards for their food, Maria said.

For the quality and the amount of food you get, you arent going to find a better deal, she said, adding, I know a lot of my customers personally. Thats my joke: I used to serve them milk. Now I serve them a beer.
By Joe Olivieri
Joe covered Southwest Austin news for Community Impact Newspaper from January 2011 to April 2015. His reporting focused on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. He was named the paper's managing editor in April 2015. Joe hails from New Jersey.


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