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Working in his father’s restaurant outside of Atlanta, and later in Macon, Ernesto Aguirre learned the ropes at an early age. He moved to Macon in 2001 and by 2006, he opened El Sombrero, serving delicious family recipes made from scratch, daily. Adding more variety, Ernesto expanded his culinary skills to include specialty dishes that incorporate his wife, Paula’s, Cuban heritage.
El Sombrero dives into a space not reserved for conventional Mexican dishes with an exciting selection of taco fillings, including grilled grouper and fresh avocado tacos. The Mexican Street Corn Dip served on chips or wrapped in a tortilla, coupled with a margarita or specialty cocktail, is a crowd pleaser. Ernesto and his long-time General Manager, Benny Vazquez, created a specialty dish, Burrito de Roqueta, loaded with carnitas slow-simmered in dark beer and tequila, and topped with fresh, homemade pico de gallo.
Community and family-focused, El Sombrero is a frequent gathering spot for birthday dinners, business meetings, and families enjoying a bite after practice or a game. Ernesto and his family actively support a wide range of local charitable organizations, including Wesley Glen Ministries, Jay’s Hope Foundation, United in Pink, and Central Georgia Autism Foundation.