Authentic Mexican cuisine joins downtown Gainesville’s foodie scene

November 10—Authentic Mexican cuisine, select cocktails and a unique dining experience come together under one roof in downtown Gainesville.

Consuelo opened just off the square at 112 Bradford St., with an 80-seat dining room and 30-foot bar behind which more than 50 tequilas and mezcals await concoction.

Among its varied menu, diners will find taquitos de papa, flat taquitos stuffed with potatoes served with lettuce, fresh tomato salsa and queso fresco; carne en su jugo, sliced ​​braised flank steak, tomatillos, beans, bacon and chorizo; pozole verde, a seasonal broth with chicken, hominy and poblano; and, for dessert, empanadas dulces and arroz con leche.

Consuelo is named after the late grandmother of co-owner Pepe Perez, who displayed superb culinary skills and left behind a collection of beloved family recipes that were regularly savored around her dining room table of 16. squares.

“She was very classy and sophisticated and elegant, but at the same time she was able to walk into the kitchen, put on her apron and cook all day,” said Abigail Guzman, Perez’s wife and business partner.

The restaurant’s menu is curated from Consuelo’s recipe index, as well as Guzman and the couple’s mothers.

Gainesville residents for 10+ years, Pepe is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and Abigail is a first-generation Mexican-American. The couple also own Pristine Clean and Pristine Painting.

For Perez and Guzman, Consuelo is a longtime dream in the making — a dream that foodies in Gainesville have welcomed with open arms, Guzman said.

“We’ve longed for something like this for a long time and really felt Gainesville was ready for something a little different,” Guzman said. “We always had the vision – our concept, the floor plan, what we wanted to bring to a Mexican restaurant – and here it is.”

Dishes are prepared daily, Guzman said, from homemade cocktail syrups and serrano-infused tequilas to homemade tortillas and guacamole made to order.

Enchiladas verdes — corn tortillas, chicken, lettuce, cream, queso fresco and tomato sauce — and Consuelo’s mole, made with dried peppers, nuts, seeds and chocolate over braised chicken and rice, have up to ‘has been a favorite with customers,’ Guzman said. .

At Consuelo, guests are invited to sit down, sip and stay awhile, savoring an experience designed to feel like home.

“We really want people to sit down, have a cocktail, enjoy their dinner and stay as long as they want,” Guzman said. “We’re not trying to get anyone out of here. We as a family tend to spend up to four or five hours in a restaurant – that’s what we’re used to. C is important to us. People said, ‘I feel at home, I feel good here. We have a lot of Hispanic people (customers) who come and say, ‘It’s like I’m eating at my grandma’s house. I feel like I’m back home.’”

Customers can dine from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Reservations, while not required, are recommended and can be made online through SeatOn or by calling 470-703-0300.

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