Established in 2011, Raul’s Taqueria, with the addition of the Cantina in 2021, serves up fresh and authentic Mexican food with excellent service in a friendly atmosphere. Raul’s is truly a family enterprise, with the current part-owner and manager, Arturo Escamilla, being the son-in-law of the original Raul, who also runs Cinco de Mayo. Arturo has had years of experience in the food service industry, starting as a cook and waiter, culminating with managing a restaurant in the Tri-Cities area, until being called back to La Grande to help with the family restaurants.
Arturo’s vision for Raul’s encompasses not only serving the highest quality authentic Mexican food at the best value, but also providing a welcoming inclusive atmosphere where customers feel at home. Expanding on that, Arturo has a deep commitment to his community. Not only is Raul’s involved in civic organizations and events, but Arturo also runs a “Students in Need” program that provides school supplies to less-advantaged students in our area.
Raul’s menu is wide-ranging, from the traditional to the more adventurous (Oregon burrito) and the Cantina offers a broad selection of cocktails and beers. From tacos, burritos and quesadillas to huaraches, sopas and flautes de pollo, Raul’s serves up the full spectrum of Mexican food with eight different meat choices to customize your selections. In the Cantina, the choices are seemingly endless, with a dazzling array of specialty cocktails made with a broad choice of liquors from standard to top shelf, as well as a dizzying collection of beers, bottled and on tap, including local breweries.
Going forward, Arturo states that his primary goal for Raul’s is to provide the best customer experience ever, where people feel at home and welcome, keeping everything affordable. He also wants to continue to hire young workers from the area to give them work and life experience to enhance their futures.
With Raul’s deep commitment to quality, affordability, and community, their motto, “Together is Better at Raul’s,” is spot on and will guide the family’s endeavors into the future.
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