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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILEverardo Hernandez and his mom, Rosa, cook in the kitchen at La Herencia El Camacho, Race and Lehigh streets, Catasauqua. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILEverardo Hernandez and his mom, Rosa, cook in the kitchen at La Herencia El Camacho, Race and Lehigh streets, Catasauqua.
Victor Battista gives a thumbs up after downing a half-dozen tacos. Victor Battista gives a thumbs up after downing a half-dozen tacos.

La Herencia El Camacho features authentic Mexican dishes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Everardo Hernandez and his family took over the vacant historical building on the corner of Race and Lehigh streets.

“We always wanted to open a restaurant. I wanted to do a food truck, but Dad wanted a traditional restaurant. This came up. We talked to the previous owners, so we have a good idea of what we are getting into,” he said.

And the name?

“We always had great respect for our grandfather. They called him El Camacho. He didn’t have much money, but he developed all the recipes we have. The translation is ‘the inheritance of El Camacho,’” he said.

Everardo runs the front desk with his brother Aryork. They lived in Allentown but came from Mexico City. The boys’ mother, Rosa, does all the cooking.

“She makes everything from scratch. It might take a few minutes longer, but I think people will wait for good food,” Hernandez said.

Jonathon Bernal is a cousin from Arkansas who came in to help Rosa with some of the cooking.

The family decided to put off a grand opening until summer.

“We want to use the outside space for seating and maybe bring in a Mariachi band. We have a lot of ideas, but we want to see how everything goes. The customers [who] have stopped gave us good reviews,” he said.

La Herencia is BYOB. However, a tasting room is opening down the street across from the George Taylor House. There might be some synergy.

According to Hernandez, the favorite dish is fajitas; although, specialties like huaraches are catching on with some of the regulars.

“We have a unique fajita combination that adds pineapple. It really is a special dish,” Hernandez said.

They serve a huge burrito every day.

“We’re thinking we might make a 10-pound burrito ... maybe even have a contest to see if someone can eat the whole thing,” Hernandez said.

And for those who savor a very spicy sauce, you have to ask for it because it’s in the back. The red and green sauces are homemade.

The restaurant is open seven days a week and can be reserved for large parties. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.