Cooking Up Mexican Food, Zapata-Style
It all started with a food truck. Now, Taqueria J. Zapata is serving their legendary Mexican food out of three trucks and two brick-and-mortar restaurants. They just opened their newest location in Bloomsburg this September, and we had to go check it out.
Owner Ricardo Santos named the restaurant after his grandmother, Julia Zapata. The menu is full of the foods that he grew up with, and it’s all made fresh. According to Santos, dishes like the tacos Mexicanos are “like going to Mexico itself” with their authentic flavor and ingredients.
The Bloomsburg shop serves all the favorites from the original food trucks, like quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, tamales, tacos and more. But you’ll also find some new items on the menu, like the fajitas. They full of peppers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese and your choice of meat served in a sizzling hot skillet. The chimichanga is another new item, featuring your choice of meat and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried to crispy, golden perfection.
Taqueria J. Zapata in Bloomsburg is currently open for in-house dining and takeout. You can also find their food trucks in Drums, Hazleton and Butler Township and their other brick-and-mortar location inside the Laurel Mall.
Now that restaurants are back open, we have a lot of lunch dates to make up. In this series, we’re visiting cafés, sandwich shops and more across NEPA and giving you an inside look at what they have to offer. Take your lunch break with us and show your support for our local restaurants.