Back on the block

El Mejor Taquito returns to downtown Sunnyside

Edwin Aleman tidies up the front counter at El Mejor Taquito. The downtown Sunnyside restaurant re-opened last week. Improvements include a new, decorative tiled counter.

Photo by John Fannin
Edwin Aleman tidies up the front counter at El Mejor Taquito. The downtown Sunnyside restaurant re-opened last week. Improvements include a new, decorative tiled counter.



A familiar name, with a bit of a facelift, returned to downtown Sunnyside last week with the re-opening of El Mejor Taquito.

The eatery at 544 S. Sixth St. closed nearly 18 months ago.

Since then a taco restaurant and diner have called the locale home, but there just never was any replacing El Mejor Taquito.

It’s now open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“Customers are happy to have us back. They wonder where we’ve been,” smiled Edwin Aleman, whose mother and stepfather, Maria and Pepe Navarro, own the restaurant and a catering business.

Back is El Mejor’s array of Mexican food, ranging from burritos and carnitas to Tacos al Pastor and the namesake taquito.

The Navarro’s made some improvements prepping for the re-opening.

There are new ceiling light fixtures, fresh paint, new tile in the back of the restaurant and even a new tile customer countertop with inlaid designs.

Though little has changed with El Mejor’s menu items and the eatery itself since it last opened its doors 18 months ago, much has changed in downtown Sunnyside.

“The lights are pretty at night,” Aleman said, admiring last year’s improvements to downtown Sunnyside.

Those improvements include new, widened sidewalks with attractive planters.

The idea is to encourage visitors to check out downtown Sunnyside.

El Mejor will be among the shops welcoming them.

“Maybe this spring when it’s nicer we can have some outdoor seating,” Aleman said.



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