A new Mexican restaurant in the Town of Chenango is a dream come true for a man who grew up fishing in the Caribbean.
El Pulpo Mexican Restaurant and Grill is located in the former McDonald’s location on Upper Front Street near the Spot Diner.
Owner Bernardo Ramirez is from the Dominican Republic and, as a boy, helped his fisherman father sell his catch at the local market.
Since coming to the states, he grew to love Mexican food and has now combined that with his great affinity for seafood.
Aside from the traditional burritos, tacos and chimichangas, the restaurant serves a soup with 7 different types of seafood as well as octopus burritos and octopus tacos.
After all, el pulpo is Spanish for octopus.
The owner’s spouse Beth Duhr-Ramirez says, “It’s stewed with different vegetables so it’s very tender. A lot of times people think that octopus, kind of like calamari, might be chewy but ours is not that way at all. It’s very tender, delicious.”
Bernardo Ramirez says, “People have been trying it and they love it and come back for it. It becomes like a favorite for them.”
Ramirez strives to add new flavors to his dishes with a focus on making them healthy.
El Pulpo is open Monday through Saturday from 11 to 9 and Sundays from noon until 8.