No matter where you go in this country, you can expect to find certain types of restaurants. Besides BBQ and Italian, you’ll almost always find at least one Mexican restaurant. My own personal memories of discovering Mexican food center a move out west from the East Coast, but nowadays Mexican restaurants can be found from Bar Harbor to Cedar Rapids, to Tacoma. How did this happen? We’ll go over that, but first we’ll just state for the record, that we at La Cantina are proud to be part of this movement that involves the most delicious, filling, and nutritious food around!
As with so many stories of immigrants who came before them from other lands, the story of the taco in America starts with war. According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, despite the ancient gastronomical habit of eating meat wrapped in a tortilla, tacos didn’t make it north of the Rio Grande until the Mexican Revolution. This bloody and disruptive war sent over 1 million refugees northward and of course, they brought their food with them. Over the next 100 years, integration took place, as it continues to do, and people of Mexican descent and Mexican restaurants spread from the border states to find homes in all 50 states. Geographic differences took root, Anglicization took place, and now we have vegetarian vegan burritos, Tex-Mex burritos, and we can even find instances of a sushi burritos!
Now we know why Mexican food is found everywhere in America, but how do we know if the Mexican food we are eating counts as authentic? Read out next blog to find out!