New Mexican restaurant El Arriero open at Castle in Lorain

June 20, 2009 · Print This Article

Just in time to be greeted by a city with international fever, a new restaurant has opened in a familiar location in Lorain.

Lorenzo Gutierrez is just 23 years old, but El Arriero is his third restaurant.

Just in time to be greeted by a city with international fever, a new restaurant has opened in a familiar location in Lorain.
El Arriero Mexican Restaurant opened a week ago at the Castle on West Erie Avenue. El Castillo Grande, also a Mexican restaurant, closed in March.

El Arriero is at the Castle, on West Erie Avenue in Lorain.

El Arriero is at the Castle, on West Erie Avenue in Lorain.

Owner Lorenzo Gutierrez is just 23 years old but has already owned two other restaurants, both called El Jimador, in Wadsworth (he opened that one at age 19) and Farmington, N.Y. Gutierrez, who was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was 14, said he learned to cook from his father.

The restuarant’s name refers to the delivery man who would take milk or food between villages in Mexico, Gutierrez said. El Arriero employs seven people besides Gutierrez.

The restaurant looks similar to El Castillo Grande on the inside but seems a touch classier.

Pollo Hawaiian — Grilled chicken topped with chorizo, pineapple and cheese dip. Served with Spanish rice and sour cream salad.

Pollo Hawaiian — Grilled chicken topped with chorizo, pineapple and cheese dip. Served with Spanish rice and sour cream salad.

The menu includes a moderately priced lunch menu ($5 to $8), and dinner entrees ranging from $7 combination plates and salads to $12 steak meals.  There are seven items on a vegetarian menu and seven items on a children’s menu.

View El Arriero’s menu

The most popular menu item so far has been Chimichangas, Gutierrez said. For $8.99, Chimichangas are two flour tortillas deep fried, one chicken and one beef, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and guacamole with a side of beans. Gutierrez said his favorite dish is Chori-Pollo, $9.50, grilled chicken topped with chorizo and cheese served with rice, guacamole salad and flour tortillas.

Chimichangas —  Two flour tortillas deep friend, one chicken one beef, topped with lettuc, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and guacamole. Side of beans.

Chimichangas — Two flour tortillas deep friend, one chicken one beef, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and guacamole. Side of beans.

Gutierrez is still waiting on a liquor license but expects to have it within a month. The menu lists a wide variety of drinks, ranging from $3 beers to $8 jumbo margaritas.

Several people enjoying lunch early Saturday afternoon had all good things to say about their meals. All called El Arriero “just as good” or “even better” than El Castillo Grande.

“It was awesome. It was really, really good,” said Amanda Cassidy of Lorain, who had lunch with her family.

Under Gutierrez’s ownership, the Castle site looks poised to live up to its lakefront potential. He’s already begun construction of a back patio and expects to open it soon.

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