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Castillo Real Mexican Cocina & Bar ( kosteeyo-reeal Mexican koseena & bar on the US pronunciation of “Castillo “ ) is a Mexican American full service restaurant based in McDonough, Ga.

Mexico is full of fondas. They are in every downtown and market from Tampico to Tonala. This is how this story begins in late 1982.

One couple and their children in Gonzalez, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The late Mr. Romualdo Castillo Sr. and his wife Luisa Portes de Castillo decided to open the first local “fonda” or a small restaurant. With the help from their oldest child, Lucio Castillo, a Chemistry major student at UAT ( Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Reynosa, Mexico ) , the small restaurant was opened in 1982 in their one-car garage home at Guadalupe Victoria 209 in Gonzalez, Tamaulipas, a small town of a little over 40,000 people. It is located 96 kilometers west of the Port of Tampico, Tamaulipas.

The home was their childhood home and business still owned by the Mrs. Castillo today. The original menu at the small restaurant only kept a few items and they included flautas, sopes, tostadas, menudo, and pozole. These latter two items very typical food choices in local Fondas in Mexico.

The small restaurant hours were only from 5 – 10 pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays, schedule that is pretty much the same at Castillo Real in McDonough today, except being open from 11 am – 10 pm but closed on Sundays as well in observance of their Christian belief.

The small restaurant quickly became a local favorite, with original recipes cooked from scratch by Mrs. Castillo and her two daughters Nancy and Silvia, in prep school at the time.

It was not until two years later in 1987, that Mr. Romualdo Castillo Sr. decided to migrate north to Atlanta, Ga as a legal immigrant. He situated in Marietta, Ga with other friends from Gonzalez. There he worked as a landscaper, irrigation specialist, and in several factories in Marietta, Dalton, and other towns in north

Georgia. He later applied for legal status for his family to bring and join him in Marietta, Ga. The first two sons that joined him first were Lucio and Francisco in late 1987, and Mrs. Castillo later joined them with Ron (Romualdo Jr,) Silvia, and Nancy in mid-1989.

It was not long before they saved enough start up to buy their first restaurant in America in late 1991, in Riverdale, Ga on Highway 85. By far, it was a dream come true for the family of five, who came in search of the American dream. Again, the restaurant experienced success for the family for many years, quickly becoming a local favorite for airport freight companies as well as Riverdale locals.

The Castillo’s expanded the small enterprise to three other stores in the late 90’s to the southern county of Henry. Today, the five siblings still follow on their parent’s footsteps in delivering great food, great value, and friendly service.

Castillo Real Mexican Cocina & Bar located at 14 Old Jackson Rd, in McDonough, Georgia opened in the fall of 2014. The store hours are Monday – Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 10:30 pm, always closed on Sundays. The restaurant is managed and operated by Ron Castillo and his wife Yessy Acosta, and his brother and business partner Francisco Castillo.

The restaurant has again become a local favorite with great menu choices from the original Castillo style fajitas to the succulent Molcajete dish, as well as other innovative dishes such as the late Mr. Castillo’s own Romo’s Burger , a homemade angus beef burger with distinct Mexican flavors and a habanero stint to maximize the experience, with crispy homemade onion rings or French fries; or you may prefer our tasty Mexican spiced Crab Leg Platter, freshly cooked large snow crab clusters with Mexican spiced corn on the cob, and cooked red potatoes, celery, and cilantro.

We are currently working on our next expansion project in Butts County. Expected to open in fall 2015, we are surely excited on continuing the legacy of great food and great service enacted by the Castillo family.

If you are in McDonough, make sure you pay us visit for great Mexican food cooked by real people, real Mexican taste, in a family friendly environment.

With our strong and steadfast belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are committed to providing value, flavor and good times when you visit us in McDonough. We will be honored to have you at Castillo’s and enjoy great service and great food in a family setting.

Castillo Real Mexican Cocina & Bar. Great Food. Always Blessed!