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MIFFLINBURG — Hungry bellies needing a new just take on tacos to sate their appetites need to have glance no further more than Mifflinburg.

Tomahawks Tacos at 456 Chestnut St. gives an ingenious, farm refreshing menu centered on the legendary Mexican dish but impressed by Native American culture. It’s now open up 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Operator Joseph Haber, 32, of Lewisburg, established a stir when he opened Tomahawks on April 2. The menu seemed like no other in the Valley.

Venison chorizo: floor venison and salsa macha. Cider turkey: cider-braised turkey and smoked cranberry salsa. Blueberry elk: pulled elk and roast blueberry salsa. All three taco types are topped with onions and mint.

All of the protein and deliver is sourced inside of a a person-hour push from Tomahawks Tacos’ entrance doorway, Haber reported.

“I like the thought of working with things which is close to the place you’re at. That in its character can make you prepare dinner seasonally,” Haber reported.

Joseph Haber talks about his new restaurant, Tomahawks Tacos in Mifflinburg, and the influences behind it.

Haber’s ancestry on his mother’s facet is of the Mohawk people. He was raised with a deep appreciation of that society instilled by his mom and her prolonged household. His father appreciated it, way too. There were being photos and artifacts hung throughout his dwelling growing up reminding Haber of his heritage, which include two Tomahawks fashioned by his wonderful-grandfather that would arrive to inspire his restaurant’s name.

With the exception of a cornbread recipe discovered at Tomahawks, Indigenous American cuisine was not a relationship position. It was not a little something Haber uncovered until he explored it on his very own as an adult. It immediately turned a enthusiasm, first main to a taco stand previous yr at the Lewisburg Farmers Marketplace and now the everlasting storefront on Chestnut Avenue.

Haber prepped food items Thursday ahead of his next weekend in Mifflinburg. He carefully patted a clump of masa dough pressed with pink beans, forming a cornbread wheel. It is boiled, not baked, and served with a butternut squash sauce. It is known as Three Sisters Cornbread, a nod to the a few main elements.

“It’s the identical dough we use to make tortillas,” explained Haber, who at first grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania. “This is the cornbread my mom designed. It is the cornbread her family produced, all the way down as a result of. People today have been producing this cornbread for good but we do not truly know it since Indigenous American delicacies doesn’t have as loud a voice as some others.”

That voice has quickly amplified in Mifflinburg. A single female walked within Tomahawks to inquire if she could get lunch. She’d have to hold out right until the weekend, sad to say. Maybe 20 minutes handed right before one more inquisitive neighbor stepped inside of to question about purchasing.

“I get men and women popping in like that all the time,” Haber mentioned.

Haber would like to expand Tomahawks’ hours previously but said a main barrier has been getting employees — a challenge companies across all spectrums in the Valley have expressed for months and in some scenarios, more time than that.

Haber and his wife of practically 5 years, Lindsey, also 32, work at the shop. Lindsey has a entire-time career as a registered nurse. Haber walked absent from a career as an X-ray technician to turn out to be a remain-at-home father to their two children. That’s when he really honed his skills as a cook. It afforded him time to investigate recipes and techniques: from the stovetop to the barbecue grill to the smoker.

“It was terrific. He cooked. I ate,” Lindsey explained. “I experience like everything he makes, he will make perfectly.”

Quick-forward to the Habers’ initially dinner rush at Tomahawks previous weekend. They labored by means of it collectively. It took time and really hard perform to handle, and like any new cafe, they are operating on figuring out the stream of it all.

“It’s like we ended up ready for it permanently. He’s dreamed of owning a restaurant for a although,” Lindsey mentioned about Tomahawks.

Nikki Keister-Hornig operates Gable Residence Bakery throughout the street from Tomahawks Tacos. Like Haber, she’s an artisan in her personal trade and explained she’s thrilled to have Tomahawks in city.

Lately married, Keister-Hornig recalled tasting Haber’s tacos at Lewisburg Farmers Current market. It turned a weekly schedule considering the fact that they operated a bakery stand there, as well. At 1 stage, she and her now-spouse, Josh, looked at just about every other and agreed: they asked Haber to cater tacos for their marriage ceremony.

“We have a value of all-from-scratch,” Keister-Hornig said of both of those she and Haber. “Joe really carries that into his food.”

“My complete storefront, I’m hoping to up my sport out of a sense of pleasure and pride for acquiring an additional organization close by in that same vein,” she claimed. “This is the place I usually hoped Mifflinburg would go. I know how terrific this city is. To have a superior assortment and to have artisans here, it will make sense for our town.”

Follow Tomahawks Tacos on Instagram: @tomahawktacos. Located at 456 Chestnut St., its latest hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.