Authentic Mexican restaurant in Stoney Creek is moving


Published September 2, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Hamilton foodies’ regard for a family-run Mexican takeout spot in Stoney Creek has moved them… to a bigger location that will have space for a sitdown meal.

Maria Tortas Jalisco, located at 432 Hwy. 8, will be moving to a larger location this fall, as reported by TasteHamOnt on Thursday. Their last service at the soon-to-be former location will be on Sunday (Sept. 4).

The new location, and details about features there, are not yet announced. Since it was opened by the mother-and-daughters team of Maria Ojeda, Helen Tafolla and Angelina Boce, Maria Tortas Jalisco has been takeout-only, with just six stools at its spot in a small plaza near the Queen Elizabeth Highway that connects Hamilton with Halton and Niagara regions.

“CAN’T wait to dine in and not use my car hood as a table,” TasteHamOnt quipped on Thursday.

Maria’s reviews on Google Reviews, Sirved and Restaurantiji range in the 4.6 to 4.8 range, and a CBC News feature in 2018 said it was very popular with Mexican agricultural workers who long for a gaste of home while working in Southern Ontario.

Ojeda is a Mexican expat with 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in Southern Ontario. The shop’s name refers to her home state in western Mexico, as she grew up in Guadalajara, a metro area of 5 million. Maria Tortas Jalisco says its flavouring and ingredients are faithful to Ojeda’s home region. Boce and Tafolla, both natives of California, have complemented that by creating in menu items inspired by their home state, including burritos.

(Reader’s Digest versionn: burritos originated in California cuisine. They are also a native food of the border city of Juárez, Mexico which is located near El Paso, Texas and is about 1,500 km north of Guadalajara. That is farther than Toronto is from Thunder Bay.)

The restaurant’s opening hours have typically been from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days per week, while being closed on Monday. Marias Tortas Jalisco also has take-home taco kits; more menu information is available at

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