Mr. Salsa’s: Salsa at Center Stage
To Magdaleno Hermosillo, it’s all about the salsa.
Whether it’s salsa roja “mole” on enchiladas or salsa fresca with chips, the salsa takes center stage.
And so, after working all his life in mexican restaurants and deciding to open and name his own, Hermosillo gave salsa the attention it deserves.
Mr. Salsa’s, as Hermosillo called it, has been a fixture of Oglesby’s downtown for nearly 15 years and features many salsa-laden dishes alongside other traditional mexican fare. (For those less inclined to the tastes of our neighbors to the south, Mr. Salsa’s also offers a handful of tradition American offerings.)
Hermosillo says his style of cooking is somewhat unique for the area, as it is largely influenced by recipes he learned in California, where he started his career. Two of the locals’ favorites are fajitas and carne asada a la tampiquena, a dish particularly known for its quality cut of meat, a skirt steak.
“People come for that one,” Hermosillo says, noting other restaurants replace the outside skirt with a cheaper cut. “I can’t switch the meat; people will notice right away. They want the same meat, the same quality.”
Mr. Salsa’s has been serving up quality dishes since 1999. Its cozy interior hosts a full bar along with a separate regular dining room. Another large seating area is available for large parties or planned events up to 60 people.
Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Weekly specials include $1.25 dine-in tacos on Tuesday, fried chicken on Wednesday, $3 margaritas on Thursday and a 10 ounce cod dinner with potato and salad for $10.95 on Fridays.