Also, we're now looking beyond fast food, with Americans yearning for regional Mexican food along with creative, elevated takes on the cuisine that are prepared by Mexican and Mexican American chefs — restaurants such as Taco Maria in Southern California and two-Michelin-starred Californios in San Francisco, as well as the lauded and super inventive Cosme in New York City and Cala in San Francisco. And of course, there would be none of the above without places like Mitla.
"There are so many Mitla Cafes around – old-school Mexican restaurants sprinkled around the country – and they each have their own history," said Arellano. "We can't dismiss these places. They are a part of our history."
He summed everything up succinctly: "People might dismiss the menu at Mitla but it's ludicrous and presumptuous to do that because this is the Mexican food of a whole generation of people." And then he added, "Taco Bell needs Mitla Cafe more than Mitla Cafe needs Taco Bell. Mitla is the heritage which Taco Bell is standing on."
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