Life is short; eat tacos | New Mexican restaurant opens

Everyone is all smiles at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Eastsound.

For the past six years, Idalia Cruz has been searching for the perfect spot to serve up her homemade dishes. On July 21, her restaurant opened its doors.

“The community response has been very positive,” said her husband Demetro Salinas, who spent four months upgrading the interior of the space in Eastsound Square.

The couple also owns Salinas Construction and Roofing, and have lived on Orcas since 2006.

The menu features burritos, tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, sopes, camarones a la diabla, mojarra frita and chile relleno. Cruz is the head chef, and creates signatures dishes of her hometown, Acapulco, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Everything is made from scratch. Starting the first week in August, there will be margaritas, beer and wine.

The restaurant is located next to the Clever Cow Creamery and can be reached at 360-488-6271. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.

In addition, Cruz and her staff have multiple catering packages – from a burrito bar to sit-down full service, complete with glassware, plates and flatware.

Nicolas Pinzon, a marketer and website and mobile app developer, is the general manager of Acapulco, and is heading up their online ordering service. He says the Mexican community on Orcas has been instrumental in helping the restaurant open.

“This business is running because of the entire family,” he said.

While Acapulco offers indoor and outdoor seating, Pinzon is pushing for online ordering through his website,

The site, which will soon be an app for phones, provides the ability for customers to book and pay for local services all online.

“We want to bring innovation from off the island to the San Juans,” said Pinzon.