Honest food, expertly prepared in all instances, in an atmosphere that verges on joyful--this is El El Frijoles. Add to that a commitment to wholesome fare made with the very best ingredients sourced with an eye to ecology and community. There's a satisfying coherence of mission, setting and food. And it's all proffered without pretension, irony or holier-than-thou hipness. Frankly, I found nothing but pure happiness here.
-Dine Out Maine: Humble El El Frijoles takes Mexicali dining to joyful height, Portland Press Herald
The absolute best part about what we do is that we get to meet the most amazing, incredible, talented people who come to Sargentville to check us out and eat our food.
One of our favorite folks is Princeton, NJ, filmmaker and photographer Jon Roemer. An amazingly talented guy, he knows his way around an image and he really has that uncanny ability to tell stories with pictures. He's got that "gift of the Narrative" we are always talkin' about around here . . . in spades.
In any case, last summer Jon asked us if we'd mind (?!?!?) if he spent some time with us here at the Taqueria. He was interested in working the bugs out of some new equipment, had a few vacation days and was thinking about maybe making a little film about EL EL FRIJOLES. We were thrilled to have him here (and for those of you in need of a good photo/videographer, he worked as hard as any of the folks I worked with in my 20+ years as a photo assistant, but on his vacation!). We offered him access to anything he wanted, which included some painful interview sessions with Michele and I, and he took a lot of pictures of our food. The result is this amazing look at what we do here at EL EL FRIJOLES, in a barn, in the woods in Maine.
We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we do. He really captured the spirit and feeling of this place, and does he ever make our food look good!
If you like what he's put together here, feel free to share this with anyone you think might like to see it. And by all means, visit his website, look at his films on Vimeo and YouTube, and give him a shout out when you see him.
El El Frijoles offers a unique, Maine-approved burrito. Watch on the Travel Channel.