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Posted on Sep 8, 2015

Homestyle taco shop opens doors

Do you like Mexican food? How about home cooking?
Then Fine Dining, located next to Chevron gas station in Quincy, should be your next stop. Ricardo Ruesga opened the taco shop about a month ago and his homestyle tacos, quesadillas and burritos have been selling like hotcakes.
While he is not classically trained in the kitchen, Ruesga was mentored by the two people perhaps most suited to teach him the ways of cooking — his parents.
“I’ve been cooking pretty much my whole life,” he said. “I learned it from my mom and dad. They had a taco shop in Mexico. We learned our recipes from mom and dad.”
However, Ruesga must refer to his sister Felicitas Quintero for one of the recipes. Their dad taught Quintero the recipe, but the big sister is keeping it a family secret, even from her little brother.
The siblings were already well known in Quincy for their cooking because they have done fundraisers over the past several years. The experience gave Ruesga the idea to open his shop atnext to Chevron at 703 Central Ave. S.
“People kept texting us and looking for us on Facebook,” he said.
Fine Dining, or Rica Comida, has a fairly simple menu of tacos, quesadillas and burritos. The menu includes beef or pork options, and everything is made from scratch. The restaurant has a four-burner stove, and a cast iron skillet sits on top. Everything else is prepared by hand.
“We chop everything fresh daily,” Ruesga said. “We do not use machines. Our only machine is a knife and a cutting board. It’s what you call homestyle.”
As a result, the flavor Fine Dining achieves is original to the restaurant.
“I think people have noticed it tastes different,” said Quintero.
One regular customer agrees. Issela Navarro, whose parents own Casa Jalisco restaurant, said she really enjoys the quesadillas at Fine Dining. She also likes the food at her parents’ restaurant, but they serve different food.
“The homemade stuff is good,” she said. “They both have their different taste.”
Ruesga said he did not open the restaurant to compete with the other taco shops in town. He’s been building his clientele for a couple years.
“We’re here to offer what we know how to cook,” he said. “We are not here to compete with anyone. Quincy is growing and there’s business for everyone.”
Ruesga added that Fine Dining is in an excellent location. “We can’t beat that,” he said.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday -Tuesday; 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: 398-5652
Handmade Tacos/$2.50 each
Fine Dining starts with a handmade tortilla and adds your choice of protein, pork or beef.
“We cook our meat as needed,” Ruesga said.
The next part is where this taco gets elevated to a higher level. Tacos are loaded up with cabbage, cilantro, onion, radish, lime, salsa and beans. Red and green tomato salsas are available.
The quesadilla/$7 each
The dish begins with a fresh-made flour quesadilla flattened on a wooden press. It is then put on the grill until it puffs up. Then beef or pork, or a combination, is put on the top, followed by the cheese. The quesadilla is folded in half and cut in two. On the side are beans, grilled onions and a grilled jalepeno.


By Kurtis J. Wood,