Friend of former Caro’s owner brings back the puffy taco

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Dos Juans replaced Caro’s in Bluebonnet Circle and held its grand opening for the new restaurant last Friday, June 24.

Jonathan Farmer, owner of Dos Juans, has decided to bring a new twist to the traditional Mexican restaurant.

“I am switching it up because everything seems to be one extreme or the other,” Farmer said.

The new restaurant opened its doors at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

So what makes this taco joint different from the others in the 109 area?

While restaurants usually stick to the sit down or counter service, Farmer describes his restaurant as a “hybrid”. The counter will be open for lunch, with a more casual feel, while at night customers will experience the waiting service.

The restaurant formerly known as Caro’s was a Mexican-style restaurant that had been passed down through three generations. John Whitten, Caro’s owner, decided though that he had spent enough time in the restaurant business.

Whitten’s friend Farmer, then decided to reopen the building with a new name and a new twist.

“Naming my restaurant Juans would have been boring, two are better than one,” Farmer said.

This is Farmer’s first time owning a restaurant, but he has been around the food service industry since he was 15. Through the years, Farmer has gained insight to what makes a restaurant successful.

“I used to run the kitchen for the Boy Scouts of America and my mom owned a catering company,” Farmer said. “My wife and I have gone to many different restaurants and seen the things that people have done wrong.”

As a marketing consultant and owner of a landscape company, Farmer has high hopes that this location is a great spot for his restaurant.

Farmer would also like to eventually plan a Bluebonnet Circle Festival with neighboring businesses that would include music and food for the community.

 

“People from Texas never get sick of Mexican food,” Farmer said.

Puffy Tacos

What exactly is a puffy taco? Dos Juans cooks and grinds corn every day, which produces masa. They then cook it, flatten it, and they put it in the fryer with trans fat free oil to create the puffy part of the taco. Choices for taco filling include, garlic chicken, ground meat, fajita, fish and chipotle, mango tenderloin pork.

Farmer’s menu includes a variety of delicious choices including the “real Mexican burger”, a chorizo patty on a Kaiser roll with grilled jalapeños and three different cheeses.

Dos Juans also offers in-house salad dressings and homemade desserts.

“Come in and tell me what you think, I’m always open to opinions,” Farmer said.

The first 100 fans to get on the restaurant’s Facebook page will receive a $10 gift card no purchase necessary.

 

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