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Eugenia, the charming woman who no doubt will serve you if you visit Mariachi Grill in Ewing (there’s now a second branch in Hamilton, in the same strip mall as Myilai Masala), comes from a small town near Monterrey (northeastern Mexico, not far from the Texas border). Her mother taught her a recipe for Tres Leches, a fabulous dessert made all over Central America from sponge cake and traditionally three different kinds of milk: whole, condensed, and evaporated (plus a whipped cream topping). Her mother taught Eugenia well: her Tres Leches is exquisite, the best I’ve ever had. And I love Tres Leches. For me, there’s no more to be said.
Perhaps, however, you’d like to know more. Mariachi Mexican Grill is a small restaurant in a strip mall in West Trenton (part of Ewing). This restaurant is not to be confused with the “El Mariachi” establishments (Taqueria and Restaurante) so beloved to Hidden Trenton readers. Unlike the El Mariachi restaurants, which serve Guatemalan food, Mariachi Grill serves Mexican. Some of the dishes are nearly identical (e.g. Tacos), though Mariachi Grill’s come with refried beans and rice. Others are distinctly Mexican: about every other weekend, Eugenia makes a homemade Chicken Mole, which some call the national dish of Mexico: Mole is a sauce made from ground chocolate and chiles, and she does it very well.
The standard menu is fresh, homemade, and reasonably priced (though slightly more expensive than the equivalent in a typical Trenton Guatemalan joint). Marchiach Grill does some nice, homemade salsas, and serve breakfast during the week. But, there are at least half a dozen restaurants in town that do as well, or better. The reason to go all the way out to Ewing is the Trese Leches, or the Mole (call ahead to see if they’re serving it… if they don’t have it, Eugenia will tell you when she’s planning on making it next).