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Suplex Tacos offers wrestling twist to traditional Mexican fare

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 07:05 PM

ASHLAND -- Now heading to the ring, a new tag-team has emerged to take on the biggest appetites in Ashland.

Ray and Sergio Garcia opened Suplex Tacos up in August of 2012 to offer a variety of California style Mexican fast food to the region. The menu features a wide variety of fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas with a southern California flair. The restaurant's moto is "Slammin' Good Food." The small restaurant recently added drive through service, offering tacos and burritos to customers on the go.

"We called it 'Suplex Tacos' to go with our wrestling theme," Ray Garcia said. "We grew up watching 'Lucha Libre,' a style of wrestling from Mexico when we were little. When we were decorating we put up a lot of pictures of 'luchadores,' which are Mexican wrestlers who usually wear colorful masks."

Among the Mexican greats along the walls of the restaurant are El Santo, the Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras along with faces American fans are more likely to recognize like Sin Cara.

"Since our menu is from the West Coast we wanted a different look than the other Mexican restaurants around here," Sergio Garcia said. "The other restaurants go by the imagery of the cactus, the sombrero, etc. We wanted to stay away from that, but we wanted something that was instantly recognizable as Mexican."

The wrestling theme also carries over to the menu. The most popular item on the menu is the "Six-One Nine Burrito" ($5.99) which comes stuffed with fries, a choice of beef or chicken along with cheese and salsa Fresca.

"We called it the Six-One-Nine because it's a California style burrito and 619 is the area code in San Diego, California, and it's also the name of a move used by wrestler from there named Rey Mysterio Jr." Ray Garcia said. "We noticed that some of the other restaurants around here had menu items called "California Burritos" which were actually different from what we had back from California. So to avoid confusion we renamed it."

Other favorites on the menu include the "Atlantis" ($4.75) fried fish burrito and a variety of tacoes filled with Carne Asada (steak), abodaba (spicy pork), and pollo asado (grilled chicken). There's also a "shape-up" menu featuring lighter items like the grilled chicken wrap ($4.49) and the "Tag Team" ($3.75) burrito featuring tofu and chicken inside a whole wheat tortilla.

There is also a breakfast menu featuring the "Super Porky" (chorizo sausage, egg and cheese) and Ham-an-A (Ham, egg and cheese) breakfast burritos. Both sell for $2.99. If you're looking for a hearty breakfast there's "El Heavyweight" ($3.99) a breakfast burrito filled with your choice of meat along with sour cream, beans, cheese, egg, fries and salsa.

"Because we don't have a lot of freezer space we make everything fresh," Ray Garcia said. "We've gotten a lot of compliments on our food in part because everything is so fresh. We get most of our produce from a supplier based in Charleston."

Suplex Tacos is located at 3613 13th St. in Ashland. It is open seven days a week. Weekday hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out, drive through orders and catering information, call 606-420-4230. A full menu and additional information can be found at http://suplextacos.com. Special offers are also available on facebook.

If you go: Suplex Tacos

FOOD: Mexican take-out

ADDRESS: 3613 13th St., Ashland

PHONE: 606-420-4230

PAYMENT: Cash and all major credit cards.

HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WEBSITE: www.suplextacos.com