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By Lou Marzeles

Veracruz settles in Goldendale


Lou Marzeles

MOBILE MEXICAN MEALS: Taqueria Veracruz, operated by Benjamin (left) and Karen (in window offers Mexican food from the parking lot of the Goldendale Baptist Church.

Their burritos are about the size of a brick and are easily two meals, at least, for many people. And their fans say their food is fantastic. But if you want to have a seat while you eat, you might have to sit in your car. This new "restaurant" is on wheels and sits in the parking lot of the Goldendale Baptist Church on Columbus Ave.

It's the Taqueria Veracruz, named for the Mexican city where proprietor Benjamin is from. His wife, Karen, does the cooking. On a day last week, a steady stream of aficionados were lined up at lunch time.

"I wanted to do something different for town," Benjamin says, "because we don't have something that would be easy and different. You know, for $4 you can have two tacos. So far it has been great, and I want to thank all of the people who support our business. Goldendale has been great to us."

The business has been operating for about two months now and has produced a lot of smiles from contented customers. "I like to see people smile and be happy," Benjamin continues. He's also a newly minted U.S. citizen, having completed his ceremony just last week after 18 years of living in Goldendale. "I was working for Boise planting trees up in the mountains years ago," he says. "It was hard work-planting 1,500 trees to make a hundred bucks. A lot of hard work. I work for the city now. But my wife wanted a job, and we said, 'Why would you want to work somewhere else when we can do our own thing?'"

So they bought a customized food trailer and opened shop. Their food was already known from having served it at county fairs and other events around town in past years, but they never had their own venue. Now, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, their food is yours for the asking and paying. They'll also cater for you; call 250-3911 to make arrangements.

Benjamin exudes gratitude for his newly adopted country. "We are happy," he says. "We want people to see how you can succeed. Like I said, I didn't know any English, none, when I first got here-still it's not perfect-but I came a long way. We worked really hard, and here we are. A lot of people don't know what it takes to make it here. This is a great country. You can accomplish a lot of things if you do things right. That is why I say I love Goldendale. Goldendale is a great place to be. It is a good home."


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