You probably know by now how much we truly love being part of the Downtown St. Catharines community and celebrating its revival every opportunity we can. On our tours of the neighbouhood we check out places and events both new and old and we love to see the diversity in types of businesses that have been popping up. This week's tour was highly anticipated as we are long time lovers of Chile and Agave Restaurant on Hartzel Road and as soon as we found out the owners were opening up shop downtown, we began salivating! Their newest venture, Zapata Mexican Restaurant did not disappoint. Located in historic 1800's location at 22 Academy Street in downtown St. Catharines, Zapata is a fusion of classic Canadian architecture and new Mexican cuisine.
We took the opportunity to visit Zapata to celebrate a dear friend's birthday. The decor inside is authentic and fun and really does put you in the mood to fiesta. The menu is different from that at Chile and Agave so we were excited to try new things and each item we sampled was delicious. They have space to host private functions and are sure to make you feel like a star on your Birthday as they play Happy Birthday (in Spanish, of course!) and provide fun party hats to make sure everyone is in on the fun.
The next time you are craving authentic Mexican food, be sure to swing by the neighbourhood and check out Zapata. And if you are ready for a REAL good time, tell them it's your Birthday! ;)