Spicy Gringo's was founded in 2011 by Michelle and Alan Huffman on the simple premise of providing fresh, authentic Mexican food at an affordable price in a family atmosphere. Having been raised in the Ohio Valley, Alan spent 18 years in San Diego where he developed a love of Mexican food and eventually met the love of his life in Michelle, a native California girl.
After getting hitched in San Diego, California, Michelle agreed to move to West Virginia in 2010. Once here, it didn't take long for the couple to start missing their Mexican cuisine. So, they opened their very own restaurant (Spicy Gringo's) in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Once open, it didn't take long for Spicy Gringo's to become known for utilizing delicious recipes honed from generations of Michelle's family.
Though the restaurant flourished in Wellsburg, Michelle's health began to deteriorate as she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Still, through it all, Michelle never lost her famous smile or her amazingly kind heart. She truly loved Spicy Gringo's and no matter how much she was going through, she always found new ways to help the restaurant grow. Here is an interview she did for WTRF-7 News' Ohio Valley Tonite with Nathan Marshall:
Michelle passed away on July 10th, 2012. She was loved by all who were fortunate enough to have met her, and the positive attitude and joy for life she possessed still lives on today through the restaurant she loved so much.
In 2015, Spicy Gringo's relocated to its current home in Weirton, WV where it continues to serve its authentic Mexican dishes, including, but not limited to slow cooked beans, Mexican rice, tacos, burritos, soups, salads, nachos, chimichangas, enchiladas and the popular jalapeño burger - all of which are made with fresh, handpicked meats, vegetables, peppers, and other ingredients Alan hand selects from the Strip District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
When it comes to the food itself, one of the many differences between Spicy Gringo's and other "Mexican restaurants" is that Spicy Gringo's serves authentic shredded beef rather than ground beef served. Also, while the restaurant's name may lead some to believe that all of the dishes are spicy, Alan and his team understand that not everyone likes spice, which is why Spicy Gringo's provides a variety of made from scratch hot sauces for anyone's taste.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your sombrero and bring the familia in to say, "Hola!" After all, Spicy Gringo's is the only place where you can enjoy a fiesta in your mouth!!!