Street style tacos with carnitas as the meat option
I’ve had many customers ask about the “Street Style” tacos and what it means. There’s a little bit of history behind this popular treat, and as with so many American ethnic favorites, it’s theorized it started out as a working man’s lunch. Silver miners working in Mexico in the 18th century called the charges used to excavate the ore, “tacos”. After a period of time, this name carried over to their portable meals; easy to carry, tasty to eat, filling and nutritious.
The taco has gone through many transformations since its humble beginnings and continues to change, such as tacos arabes introduced in Mexico City with the arrival of Lebanese migrants back in the 50s, which was changed a little more by the second generation to become tacos al pastor. (Click on link and read the article!) Here in mainstream America, the “street” style has enjoyed great popularity amongst Mexican food devotees and casual restaurant patrons alike. But where did it come from? Mario tells me that the street vendors in Mexico can not have any dairy on their food because the heat spoils the cheese and makes people sick; so, in order for the vendors to offer their hungry customers a favorite, they simply omitted the cheese. Clever, huh? And now you know.
About 3 months ago, we asked our customers and friends to cast their votes for the Best of the Best here in Colfax, and for the second year running, you’ve all showed your love for our cafe by voting us best in Casual Dining, Catering, Ethnic Food, Lunch AND Restaurant. Well, just like the picture says! LOL!
Our overall philosophy is it’s one thing to have a “business”, it’s another to have a cozy place to eat great food, chat and return to again and again. We like to think we’ve created that cozy place. We love our small community and want to give our best! I mean, isn’t Colfax a great place to live?!
So, thank you, thank you! We look forward to serving you in the coming year!
We’ve been so busy here at our cafe! With the article in the Foothills magazine – pg 26! and warmer weather, our waiting times for service had sneaked up to an hour. Gasp! When informed of this, most of you decided to wait it out – thank you! thank you! – but we knew this couldn’t continue. Our food is great, but we understand that our customers have busy lives and can’t consistently spend a leisurely hour waiting for their lunch or dinner.
As it happens sometimes, when need reaches a certain point, help comes along from the most unexpected source. In this case, Mario’s brother, Benjamin Cerecedo. He is also an accomplished cook and has worked in many Santa Cruz restaurants and most recently
Mr. Benjamin Cerecedo
opened a new restaurant on the Santa Cruz wharf, Firefish. The need to be closer to family and see his nieces grow up was the motivation for him to make the move to our small town, and he couldn’t have come at a better time. He loves Colfax and he and Mario have been hatching up plans for new specials, new menu items and expanded hours. There will be a lot more for you lunatics to love and there will be more reasons for those who haven’t tried our awesome food to get on in here!
I was munching on my chicken fajita salad during a lull after the lunch rush, when I thought of a question a customer asked me: What’s your favorite dish here? I had to think about it since pretty much everything my talented husband cooks is spot on. But it came to me while I was eating; the chicken fajita salad, of course! But when I’m in a burger mood, nothing beats the Blue Moon. Salad or fries? Depends on my mood.
So I thought I would ask you all, what’s your Cafe Luna favorite?
And while you’re thinking of that, don’t forget to vote for your Best of the Best 2016!
It’s that time for you, the reader and customer, to show your love! The Colfax Record wants to find out who you think is the Best of the Best in Colfax. Follow the link below to vote for your favorites, keeping in mind your favorite local Mexican diner that makes food that’s fresh and delicious (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).