Restaurants

Miguel Angel Torres and his wife Evelia Segura with “El Tapatío Tacos y Tortas” in Santa Fe New Mexico

Started in 2009, El Tapatío is a lonchera or “food stand” housed in a truck based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a small, friendly place with a family atmosphere that serves lunch and breakfast. The founders are Miguel A. Torres who is originally from Aguascalientes and his wife Evelia Segura who is from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Both states are located in central Mexico.

El Tapatío serves tacos, tortas, burritos, campechanas, sincronizadas, enchiladas, menudo and more traditional Mexican snack foods or antojitos. The menudo plate is apparently a big hit at El Tapatío. The Saturday I visited the food stand, there were plenty of customers requesting it. Furthermore, Miguel has a humble sign that he places on the sidewalk to advertise menudo. The sign reads “hoy tenemos rico menudo” in hand written, capital letters.

El Tapatío Tacos y Tortas in Santa Fe New Mexico

Miguel Ángel Torres Galván and his wife Evelia Segura with with El Tapatío Tacos y Tortas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. May 31, 2014.

El Tapatío Tacos y Tortas in Santa Fe New Mexico

Miguel Ángel Torres Galván and his wife Evelia Segura with with El Tapatío Tacos y Tortas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. May 31, 2014.

Joe Ibarra with La Olla Mexican Restaurant in Edinburg Texas

In the morning of Saturday April 19, 2014 I spend a few hours at La Olla Restaurant in Edinburg with the goal of photographing my first restaurant for the project.

La Olla was founded in 1999 and it’s located near the Hidalgo County Courthouse on highway 107. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch. They serve mole, caldo de mariscos, botanas and other predominantly Mexican inspired dishes.

Here’s a fun highlight about La Olla Restaurant that adds a folkloric touch to its ambience. Folk musicians visit the restaurant and sing tunes for a tip.

I had a chance to meet and chat with the owner Joe Ibarra.

La Olla Restaurant  Edinburg Texas

Joe Ibarra owner of la Olla Mexican Restaurant in Edinburg, Texas. Photo from April 19, 2014.

La Olla Restaurant  Edinburg Texas

Joe Ibarra (right) owner of La Olla Restaurant holds a penny bank that was donated by his friend Judge Charlie Espinoza (left). Photo from April 19, 2014.

La Olla Restaurant  Edinburg Texas

Joe Ibarra owner of la Olla Mexican Restaurant hold a restaurant t-shirt. Photo from April 19, 2014.

La Olla Restaurant  Edinburg Texas

La Olla Restaurant in Edinburg, Texas. Chatting with friends. Photo from April 19, 2014.

La Olla Restaurant  Edinburg Texas

A folkloric element to the ambiance at La Olla Restaurant. Musicians sing for tips. Photo from April 19, 2014.