In the heart of Gilroy, a culinary gem has stood the test of time, serving as a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike. For 35 years, Mike and Rocio’s family-owned restaurant, O.D.’s Kitchen, has been an integral part of the community, and its recent reopening after a temporary closure has sparked joy and celebration.
Mike and Rocio’s restaurant has woven itself into the fabric of Gilroy, becoming a cherished establishment with a legacy of warmth and delectable cuisine. Ruben Perez, a loyal patron and lifelong Gilroyan, attests to the unique charm, saying, “I love the mom and pop atmosphere and how they treat everyone the same as family, near and far.”
Shuttered for six months, the reopening of this cherished eatery is not just a culinary revival but a testament to the resilience of family-owned businesses. Gilroy took for granted the familiar aroma of their dishes until its temporary closure, underscoring the vital role it plays in the community. O.D.’s helps shape the beauty of Gilroy and our downtown and has been a place where the food reminds you of home.
What sets Mike and Rocio’s restaurant apart is not only the longevity of their presence but the extensive menu that caters to diverse tastes. Serving both breakfast and lunch, the restaurant has curated a selection that resonates with the palates of many. Ruben Perez highlights, “Their extensive menu has items that so many people love.”
It’s not just the food that draws people in; it’s the exceptional service that leaves a lasting impression.
“Even when they are busy, they make sure they acknowledge you and make sure you have everything you need and taken care of,” Ruben notes.
This dedication to customer satisfaction has created a loyal following. Many Gilroyans, who have not spent much time downtown since the remodel started, can now make their way back to a new, vibrant, ever-changing downtown and the many exciting things that are coming.
As a longtime resident of Gilroy, Ruben expresses pride in seeing the community rally around this mom and pop establishment.
“As a lifelong resident of Gilroy, it makes me proud to see that restaurant supported by our community,” he said.
The revival of the restaurant speaks to the power of community bonds and shared appreciation for local treasures. Gilroy is our home, and we welcome everyone!
In the reopening of Mike and Rocio’s family-owned restaurant, Gilroy experiences a culinary reawakening. The return of this beloved establishment symbolizes not only the triumph of resilience but the enduring spirit of community support. As patrons savor their favorite dishes once more, the restaurant stands as a testament to the vital role mom and pop establishments play in shaping the heart and soul of a town like Gilroy.
As I experienced the amazing food, services, and atmosphere of O.D.’s and talked with Mike and Rocio, it reminded me of how much I love our town of Gilroy. I will continue to fight for the success of our local businesses and will continue to visit and buy from our local businesses.
Together we’re better! Love Gilroy!
Fred M. Tovar, M.Ed. is a Gilroy City Councilmember.