Loren and Olga Minnis opened Tilly’s California Burritos and Tacos Thursday, May 25 in Laurie. (photo by Janet Dabbs)

by Janet Dabbs
Olga and Loren Minnis officially opened Tilly’s Tacos Thursday, May 25 near the corner of Route O and Highway 5 in Laurie.
The restaurant is a mobile unit so they can drive it to cater private parties or events and cook authentic Mexican “walking burritos” for guests.
What’s makes Tilly’s authentic Mexican cooking is all the recipes are from Olga’s grandmother. “I remember the smell of my grandmother Tilly’s homemade flour tortillas. I would sit and watch her roll out the smooth balls of masa on a tabletop for my grandpa. As she tossed each one onto her hot griddle, I could hardly wait for her to hand one to me!” Olga, a California native, said.
Tilly’s homemade tortillas, tacos and salsa are all made with her “secret” ingredient: “cocinar con amor” (cooking with love).
Loren’s father is from Gravois Mills. They both have about 20 years of experience working in the restaurant business.
The steak is marinated and cooked fresh on the truck. The corn tortillas for the hard-shell tacos are fried on the truck and the soft taco flour tortillas are made from scratch using Tilly’s recipe, using fresh ingredients. All the vegetables are grown locally.
All the dishes come with a choice of Tilly’s fresh sauces which are slow marinated for two days. Choose a sauce according to spice comfort level.
The party burrito is a favorite. It is a 14-inch burrito stuffed with choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, fresh cilantro, an onion mix, rice, refried beans, cheese and sour cream
Another favorite is the 14-inch California Burrito, stuffed with carne asada, crinkle French fries, refried beans, cheese and sour cream.
The chili verde burrito features the mild green chile sauce and a choice of chicken, or pork, filled with rice, refried beans and cheese.
They also serve California carne asada fries, cheese quesadillas, fresh tacos, beef and bean burritos and a $3 Little Amigo plate for children.
Their business philosophy at Tilly’s Tacos is three-fold: 1) Great uniform customer service; 2) Consistent prices and recipes in season and out; and 3) Easy food people can eat with thier hands.
“Everything at the Lake of the Ozarks is a party and it is the same with our food. There are a lot of things going on with your taste buds all at once; it’s like a party going on in your mouth!” Olga said.
Tilly’s Tacos is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
For more information, visit tilly’smexicanfood.com.