True Mexican on Carolina Beach Road
August 29, 2012By Liz Biro
Wilmington entrepreneur Brian Edwards has his hands in landscaping, delivery and the concrete businesses, all of which put him in touch with Mexican food that he and his crew loved so much that Edwards decided to open a restaurant.
Los Primos, 3530 Carolina Beach Road, between Independence and Parkway boulevards in what was El Vaquero Mexican Restaurante, will feature the cooking of central Mexico’s Puebla area, Edwards said.
Los Primos means “the cousins” in Spanish, but it is also a term of endearment used among friends, making the name perfect for the homey restaurant that will spotlight the “grandma cooking” of Mexico, Edwards said.
From-scratch tortillas, sauces, rice and refried beans will be made fresh daily when the restaurant opens in about three weeks, Edwards said. Soups include hominy-rich pozole and Siete Mar loaded with seafood. Costillas are grilled beef ribs cut across the bone and seasoned with lime and garlic.
“This is true Mexican food made by true Mexican women,” said Edwards, who also owns Wilmington’s Island Landscaping.
The wife and mother of Edwards’ restaurant business partner, Augusto Valera, will be in the kitchen.
Edwards became acquainted with authentic Mexican food via his Mexican employees, who often shared their cooking and lamented the lack of real Mexican food in the Port City, Edwards said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time eating their food, and it’s phenomenal,” he said. “They asked me to open a place, so we figured out a way to make a restaurant.”
Los Primos won’t have a full bar, but beer will be served. Also expect signature Mexican drinks such as the michelada (beer, lime, tomato juice, spices) and flavored Mexican drinks, often fruit, named aguas frescas, Edwards said.