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Focus on Artesia Fall 2020 | SouthEast Eats: Alma’s


These unparalleled times of the last few months have impacted us all, not least of all our small businesses and restaurants.

Walking into Alma’s, you are sure to be greeted by familiar smiling faces eager to visit with each customer, or, as Alma says, “family and friends.” You will quickly notice Alma’s hometown love proudly displayed on the walls in traditional Bulldog colors and sports-themed action-packed pictures. Finishing touches such as great food and one-of-a-kind great service is what you’ll experience at Alma’s and, while there, you will surely notice the love and laughter among staff and customers alike.

Con Dios todo see puede.

Alma has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. Truly showing what dedication and perseverance can do, she started from washing dishes to waitressing and cooking. She is truly humbled to serve in any position in her restaurant. “Teamwork is what brings us together,” she says. Driven to succeed by her children, Vanessa and Joey Lopez, Alma shared, “I give credit to God for the guidance, the mercy, and the love He has given me. Con Dios todo se puede.”

Working side-by-side with friends and family for over 20 years, there are certainties Alma will make very clear. She takes care of those around her, making long-lasting relationships in our community. Alma’s Restaurant co-manager, LA-Wanda Goodman, has known Alma for over 20 years. It is a relationship built upon love, friendship, respect and laughter. LA-Wanda refers to Alma as “my little sister,” saying, “Working together is an honor and privilege. At Alma’s, you will find every single person who works there loves their job, no matter how big or small. It is a mutual love for our community and our personnel. We set the bar high for both!”

Alma’s secretary, bookkeeper, and longtime friend, Lucia Zamarron, has also known Alma for over 20 years, even giving Alma the honor of godmother for her children. Lucia was one of the few people to help launch Alma’s Restaurant and she recalls the day the idea became a reality. Assisting Alma in any way she could, from paperwork to staffing, Lucia found herself walking beside her longtime friend as business bloomed.

Chef Xavier Sanchez was born in Durango, Mexico. His passion for cooking and Spanish influence began with his father, Javier Sanchez. As the family restaurant in Durango, Mexico became a sensation, Chef Xavier picked up the family love of culinary arts at age thirteen. Shortly after moving to the United States, he found himself cooking in various restaurants, bringing with him his recipes and family preparations of authentic Spanish cuisine. After 15 years of various eateries and experiences in Spanish, American, Italian, and Oriental cuisine, Chef Xavier has embraced his calling in the culinary arts. Working side-by-side with Alma to create mouthwatering dishes, Chef Xavier says, “We cook for our customers like we cook for our family. You’ll get the best of what we have every time.”


Carne Asada Taco Plate

Carne Asada Taco Plate served with beans and rice, this dish will leave you wanting more! Perfectly cut seasoned beef topped with cilantro and fresh onions, this plate is made to satisfy… Not to mention the perfect homemade taste of corn tortillas impeccably fried! The fresh beans and fluffy rice will make this meal your all-time favorite go-to!


Golden Chicken Strip Plate

Golden Chicken Strips served with crispy fries and buttery corn and homemade gravy. The in-house seasoning that goes into the chicken strips makes the dish burst with flavor and dipping them into the gravy creates the perfect combo! Impeccably crisp fries and corn seal the deal, making a great meal for any age.

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Article written by Jennifer Peterson and originally published in Focus on Artesia 2020 Fall edition.

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