Tucked back from the street, and dwarfed between a sprawling bingo hall and a billiards bar in Mount Dora, sits a well-kept local secret. Los Compadres is a hybrid of a Latin bodega and an authentic Mexican eatery.
On the restaurant side, managed by one of the two partners, patrons place their order at the counter and choose from authentically prepared dishes like enchiladas ($10.99), carne asada ($11.99), fajitas ($14.99), ceviche ($14.99), molcajeta ($18.99), quesabirrias ($7.99), burritos ($8.99) and other Mexican favorites.
The menu also features street-style tacos with a variety of different meat options. Taco Tuesday is celebrated at Los Compadres with $1.49 street tacos with free additional toppings at the topping bar. On weekends, specials like menudo, tamales, and roasted chicken are available. Diners can opt for dining in at one of a handful of booths or take-out.
Los Compadres recently began baking traditional Latin dessert specials which vary daily, but can include chocoflan, churro cheesecake, fresas con crema and traditional flan. For anyone craving more sweets, there’s also a small bakery case in the bodega loaded with fresh-baked cookies and pastries from Tortilleria y Paleteria Jalisco, a Mexican bakery in Groveland.
The narrow aisles of the retail side of Los Compadres, overseen by the second partner, are packed with everything from authentic Mexican foods and ingredients like seasonings, tortillas, peppers, fruits, and vegetables to churros, sodas and pre-packaged snacks. At the rear of the store is an impressive meat counter that offers various types of house-made Mexican chorizo and chicharrones, as well as cuts of fresh beef and pork that are butchered on site. Nearby small shelves are loaded with Mexican red pasta, whole cinnamon sticks and other pre-packaged ingredients.
Los Compadres is located at 2741 W Old U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora next to Fat Cats.
One of downtown Eustis’ historic buildings has been infused with new life -- a sweet new life. In what was most recently an antique mall, a charming French bakery is now set among a treasure trove of vintage finds.
A Wish or Two Ago bakery opened its doors in July and features a mouth-watering selection of sweets, including pastries, cinnamon rolls, French macarons, cookies, coconut macaroons, decadent cakes, creme brulee and more. In addition to sweet treats, the bakery's master baker, who hails from the south of France, also creates about a dozen varieties of fresh, artisanal breads that are also baked on site. Patrons can choose from all-natural rustic rye, French sourdough, mozzarella spinach, Tuscan roasted garlic, cranberry walnut and others.
Francophiles can also browse the many traditional French condiments, bottles of wine, olives, canned mackerel and other epicurean delicacies. Jars of popular Amish jams and fruit butters are also stocked on the shelves.
This isn’t the first time A WIsh or Two Ago has treated area residents to its authentic French baked goods. For several years it was located in Grand Island and had a popular booth at the weekly farmers market in downtown Mount Dora. Now downtown Eustis will serve as its exclusive location.
If you’re eager for A Wish or Two Ago’s fresh baked goods or other products, you’ll need to visit the new location before the owners leave for France later this month to visit family. Otherwise, your sweet tooth will have to wait patiently until they return to baking later this fall. Currently the hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p,m. The bakery is located at 320 S. Grove Street in Eustis.