Ventura’s – A Victoria Institution
THE FIRST LOCATION:
Ventura's has become a Victoria Icon over the past 36 years, but how did it all start? Back in 1978, Ventura Gutierrez started to sell tamales at a store on North Street. Due to health code regulations, Ventura would have to find an on-site facility for her tamale production. Ventura's Tamales was born in 1985! For those of you that remember, the first Ventura's location was on Water St.: which just happened to be four blocks down from my childhood home. I spent many lunches with my grandma eating at the little seating area that was added around 1990. That was their first move into expanding their menu.
THE SECOND LOCATION:
In 1997, Ventura's relocated their operation from Water St. to Rio Grande St. This is the location where they really branched out from just tamales and expanded their menu. Many of those menu items you can still find on the menu today. I mean the location was perfect! After having lunch downtown you could swing on over to Halepaska's right next door and pick up some dessert. Man! Things have changed so much! This is also the first real taste we got of those legendary taco shells!
THE THIRD LOCATION:
This is the location that has really elevated Ventura's status and made it a staple of Victoria, Texas! All thanks in part to their Taco Tuesdays and Wednesdays! What started as a line snaking on to Navarro on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has turned into a daily occurrence. With their catering services, they have also created many special relationships with numerous families and been a part of so multiple special family events. Their tamales, homemade taco shells, and hot Mexican food coupled with their hometown family values have made Ventura's a Victoria fan favorite!
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