/ 20 May 2024

Yes to some taco-flavoured kisses…


In a tasty turn of events, a modest taco stand in Mexico City – El Califa de León – has become the first of its kind to bag a Michelin star. This 3x3m stand has been serving up its signature Gaonera taco to locals since 1968. And despite the $5 price tag – a bit steep by Mexico City standards – the Michelin star has seen a surge of foodies and tourists queuing up for a bite. Chef Arturo Rivera Martínez reckons the secret is in the simplicity of their taco – just a tortilla, red or green sauce, and meat. This nod from Michelin, known for its influence on food culture, shows that luxury can be found in foods that aren’t served with a side of fancy-schmancy. As El Califa de León owner Mario Hernández Alonso puts it, “why fix or change something that’s alright?”

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