Watertown Daily Times

April 10, 2016 - Shelby Cohen

Is Watertown’s Camino Real the highway to authentic Mexican food?

WATERTOWN — The buzz has been palpable. Our little tri-county area isn’t often blessed with a new ethnic restaurant, and when word spread that Watertown would soon be home to what’s been billed as an authentic Mexican restaurant, well, the Interwebs went a little gaga.

I observed the hullabaloo with interest. I dearly love Mexican food, and have sampled it widely in Texas and California. I was curious to see what some expats from North Carolina could do with this vibrant cuisine. Recently, I finally tasted Camino Real’s food for myself.

Our dreams of having Coronas with our meal were quickly dashed — Camino Real doesn’t have its liquor license yet. But the old Pizza Hut building on Arsenal Street has been redecorated with new booths, bright colors and Mexican bric-a-brac on the walls.

The restaurant has been busy since opening in February, and there are very few soft surfaces in the dining room, so don’t expect a hushed, relaxing repast. It’s noisy and not a little cramped, but there’s also a good energy in the space, as families and small groups tuck into steaming platters of colorful cuisine.

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Watertown Daily Times

January 12, 2016 - Ted Booker

Authentic cuisine to be featured at Camino Real Mexican Restaurant in Watertown

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant is scheduled to open in early February at 821 Arsenal St., taking over the building previously occupied by Arsenal Street Diner. Four Mexican-Americans teamed up to launch the restaurant, which has been painted in bright Mexican colors and will feature a remodeled dining area and all-new kitchen equipment.

Roberto A. Espinoza — who co-owns the restaurant with Jose Castaneda, Joanna Leon and Marissa Salazar — said he believes Watertown is in need of an authentic Mexican restaurant distinct from American restaurant chains in the area, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Taco Bell. Among other things, the menu will feature Mexican rice, refried beans, enchiladas, chimichangas and burritos made with ground beef, shredded chicken and steak. An assortment of seafood, steaks and soups will also be available.

“We saw that there was a need for a real Mexican restaurant here,” Mr. Espinoza, 29, said Monday.

The group leased the restaurant in November from investment firm KAD Realty, Alexandria Bay.

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