25 Latinx Owned Businesses Who Are Disrupting The Food Industry

If there is one thing Latinos are known for, it is definitely the food. As you can see, we have taken out own traditional foods and fused them with some of the most iconic dishes. How can you deny the grandeur of an elote pizza? Not only are we creating some amazing foods, we are also disrupting the traditional food industry with our unique take on flavor and menu items. Check out the 25 Latinx businesses that are changing the food game.

Part of being Latinx is having food as a love language. No matter your family’s traditions or where you grew up, one things can be certain: everything centered around food.

Which is why it’s awesome to see these Latinx entrepreneurs absolutely reinventing the Latinx food game and putting modern twists on home classics. It’s not only impressive, but it’s also a really unique way to introduce Latinx culture to others that might never encounter it. We’ve added another dozen to our list of amazing places to check out that totally change the way we eat Latinx food.

1. Twisted 4 Sugar

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Calling all sugar addicts! Get ready for Twisted 4 Sugar – it’s cotton candy with a Latin twist. The flavors have hints of dulce, spicy and sweet, and the best part is you can get it delivered right to your house. Who doesn’t want cotton candy delivered to their door step? I’m all about it, thank you.

2. Lola’s Cocina

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Lola’s Cocina is the brainchild of Dolores Wiarco Dweck. It’s a corner of the Internet where you can shop delicious ingredients but also take cooking classes and peek around different recipes. Basically, it sets you up to win in your own kitchen and create bonding experiences with your own family. It’s more than just a “blog” – it’s a place that celebrates Mexican culture and food.

3. Pink Elephant Bakery

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Handmade sweet treats with a modern flare? Count me in! This place isn’t your typical panadería. They’re open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and have been serving the San Jose area since 1978. But they continue to evolve and adapt to modern times, including their aesthetically pleasing Instagram page and cool, artistic website.

4. Equelecuá Cuban Vegan Café

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Equelecuá is the first and only Cuban restaurant in the U.S. to feature an all vegan menu featuring tostones, mojo wings, picadillo, Cuban sandwiches and arroz con leche. #drooling.

5. Tlayuda la

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Any restaurant that brands itself as an “artsy Oaxacan” place is a win in my book. It’s not just going to devour delicious, authentic plates and dishes. They pride themselves on their ambiance of local artists, murals, and colorful designs. I’m all about a place that leans into not only its trendy brand, but also makes some incredible food.

6. Churro Boss

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Churros. For. Days. And these aren’t your mama’s churros. Churro Boss serves up unique, flavorful, and decadent twists on the classic churro out of their brick and mortar joint in Monterey Park. If you truly want to treat yourself to a fancy churro like the bite-size “oreo drizzled churros”, then Churro Boss is your place.

7. Nuni Toaster

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It’s not a restaurant, but it’s definitely changing the food game! A toaster, specifically for tortillas? Have the heavens opened up and blessed us so? Sure seems that way. It’s simplifying heating up tortillas by just sticking them into this custom, made-for-tortillas-only, toaster.

8.  Hija de Sanchez

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Rosio Sanchez is a Mexican-American champion of Mexican cuisine in Denmark. Truly, this country had never been exposed to Mexican cuisine. She even said people asked her “what kind of pancake” is the corn tortilla. She fuses Scandinavian with Mexican with dishes like a fjord shrimp taco, in which the shrimps are fried whole and basted with árbol chile oil.

9. Broken Spanish

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Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Chef Ray Garcia offers a spin on Modern Mexican food based on local, fresh ingredients. Tamales are stuffed with English peas and farmers’ market swiss chard. Plus, there’s the most authentic Choco Taco we’ve ever seen out of a wrapper.

10. Todo Verde

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Any company that is a mobile company is destined for greatness in 2018. Todo Verde provides healthy and affordable smoothies, juices, aguas frescas, and plant-based food to the East Los Angeles communities and neighborhoods. Founder Jocelyn Ramirez is a vegan cook and advocate for healthy food and she’s absolutely revolutionizing the smoothie game with her company.

11. Mexvegana

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Mexvegana is on a mission to prove to you that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite. Plus, they’re known for their “Mexican Sushi” which sounds as good as it looks – truly mouthwatering.

12. Elado Ice Cream

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Located in a strip mall in Pico Rivera, Calif., this ice cream parlor boasts unique and inventive flavors. They’ve got chamoy on sorbets, watermelon cucumber lime chabet, and the Conchita con Helado y Churro ice cream sandwich. I’m drooling just typing this.

13. Holbox Los Angeles

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Holbox is reinventing the Mexican seafood game. Located in Downtown LA, this menu is simply not of this world. Here, you can sit at the counter and watch your food being prepared. It’s the freshest, most decadent seafood you might find in Los Angeles.

14. Chicas Tacos

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Chicas Tacos is proudly serving the Los Angeles area, with modern twists on tacos. For instance, a caesar salad fish taco? Um, yes please. They’re all about their unique twists on classic Mexican flare. Everything is authentic and organic and worth every penny.

15. East Los Sweets

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Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and more at this East LA bakery that handcrafts all of their desserts to be exactly what you want. Who doesn’t want a pan dulce cake pop?

16. Swirl Fiesta

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Swirl Fiesta brings everything we love together – Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and corn, plus all kinds of pineapple dole whips and sweet treats. But seriously, that corn though! Smothered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? We’re going to be there ASAP.

17. Alicias Delicias

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These aren’t your average sugar cookies. AliciasDelicias makes edible art and it’s fantastic. Anything from Frida Kahlo cookies to beautiful, watercolor cookies – it’s easy to spend hours scrolling through the Instagram page, in awe of the designs.

18. Courtesan Cupcakes

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Jessika Lauren is a self-taught, Los Angeles based vegan baker who was featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”, where she baked a Spicy Green Curry cupcake, and Halloween themed cupcakes.

19. Birosca

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As featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Birosca is staffed entirely by women. Owner Bruna Martins even says, “Mineira cuisine has always been and will be made by women.” Miniera cuisine is made with only local produce, including fruits like pequi which, if you bite too deep, you’ll need a professional to remove the hundreds of nano spikes at the center. Do not try this at home.

20. La Newyorkina

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In our last post, we heard from some of you that we left out a few major players here. So without further ado, La Newyorkina, an artisanal Mexican ice cream shop operating out of Washington Square, NYC. We see you.

21. Taco Mesa

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This place has been around longer than a lot of us were born, and since Day 1, “healthy and authentic Mexican cuisine” has made its way to the Costa Mesa, Calif. area. This flagship location makes award-winning al pastor burgers stuffed with proscuitto, pineapple, sweet chipotle adobo and grilled onions.

22. Taco Rosa

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Taco Mesa’s sister store, Taco Rosa gets creative. They make Tacos Koreanos, served with slow-cooked chipotle BBQ pork ribs, Napa cabbage, roasted sweet red peppers and green onions. Muchísmas gracias.

23.  Molli Sauces – True Mexican Flavors

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We think of Molli Sauces as the food researcher equipo we all wanted to be in when we grew up. They serve fresh food at their restaurant and also bottle their famous sauces. This gorgeous pic is from a culinary research trip in Mexico. They cooked that beautiful flower as a filling for tacos and quesadillas. Bless.

24. Yuca Bar & Restaurant

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Based in the East Village, Yuca Bar highlights drinks from all over Latin America and Spain (read: Caipirinhas, Sangria, Mojitos, etc.).

25. Bolivar Restaurant Bar Lounge

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You can eat. You can party. It sounds like a Latinx classic, but what makes Bolivar special is how they separate Miami cuisine from Colombian, Venezuelan and other classics. Brava.

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community


Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

READ: Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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From TV-less Weekdays To Cereal Bowls, People Are Sharing The Strangest House Rules


From TV-less Weekdays To Cereal Bowls, People Are Sharing The Strangest House Rules

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If you’ve ever spent the night at someone else’s home, you know that there are people in the world who have house rules that can be very different from your own. From rules about drinking all of your milk cereal to not raising the volume of the television to a hearable level, different households have them all. Now, some of these crazy house rules are being shared in the comments section of an AskReddit. Not only are some of the stories and rules shared wild, some are also even a little sickening.

Check them out below!

“I had a friend who instead of washing the dishes after a meal just put them straight back in the cupboard. I thought his parents would freak out but it turns out it was just something they did in their house. Whenever I went over I always made sure to eat beforehand.” Reddit User

“Family who babysat me when I was young had a rule of “no drinking during meals” and I don’t just mean soda, juice or milk, no water until your meal is done. This was insane to me because we would be called in to supper/lunch after playing outside in the summer and weren’t allowed to drink anything until we sat down and finished our plates. Also, this rule didn’t apply to the father of the family who would often drink beer during meals.

My great-aunt had a parlor room in which all the furniture was covered in plastic and never used, it also had a plastic walkway going through the middle (just a strip of plastic cover) which was the only path you could walk on (she would flip out if you touched carpet).” –Random_White_Guy

“I wasn’t allowed to put extra salt on my food, had to be in bed by 8pm (all the way through middle school), and had to ride my bike to school everyday even though my best friends parents offered to take me.” –willwhit87

“No fighting over the heel of the bread. The father once off hand told his oldest children that the heel of a loaf of bread was the best and made them want it instead of the regular pieces. By the time there were 4 kids sometimes fist fights would break out over the heels. Loaves had been opened on both sides, or loaves were a mess because someone reached through the sack and pulled the back heel out. For a while there was a turn system where the heels were promised to a child for each loaf, but that fell apart when one went to summer camp and lost their turn. One time my friend wasted an afternoon waiting for his mother to come home with a fresh loaf of bread instead of going out and playing. I witnessed fist fights over the bread most people throw away.” –DarrenEdwards

“In college I had a friend that lived with his grandparents when he went to school. Before they’d let him leave the house his grandmother would say ‘nothing good happens after midnight’ and he would have to repeat it. If I was there, I would also have to repeat the phrase.” –iownalaptop

“I slept over a friends house in grade school one time. He prepared us a bowl of cereal the next morning for breakfast. Not thinking ANYTHING of my behavior, I didn’t finish the milk. I just never used to. I don’t know.

He was like “You uh…gonna finish that?”

“Uhhh oh…I uh…I don’t think so? Does that matter?”

He panicked. Absolutely panicked. I think he put it down the toilet before his parents came back into the room.

I don’t know what the rule was, exactly, but FINISH YOUR MILK OR DIE would be my guess based on his reaction. I still feel bad about it. I was like 8 and didn’t think.” –soomuchcoffee

“When I was a kid. I spent the night at one of my friends house. And you were allowed to drink a soda like sprite before bed. But you had to stir it till all the carbonation was gone.. Don’t ask me why…” –newvictim

“I had a friend in middle school, and his dad worked for Pepsi. No one was allowed to bring any Coke products into the house. The first time I went there his mom told me I could not come in the house because I had a Dr. Pepper. I thought she was joking and tried to walk in, but stopped me and said that if I don’t throw that in the garbage outside that I would have to leave. They were fucking serious about that shit.” – SlowRunner

“During college years, I used to visit my friend during summer months at his parents’ house, where he lived at that time. They had two odd “house rules” I’ll never forget:

  1. We couldn’t open any window in the house (even the bathroom window) – ever! Even if it was far cooler outside than inside during the summer.
  2. We weren’t allowed to close our bedroom doors at night, so that his parents’ cat could have free access to all rooms at all times. (This made it difficult to sleep, without a breath of air from the windows, and the cat walking over us in bed while trying to sleep.)” –Back2Bach

“I knew this family that would share the same bathwater as a means to cut down on their water bill. So when one person took a bath, they ALL took a bath that day. The waiting list was about 4-5 people deep. From what I understand, a lot of families do this, however, I just couldn’t see myself washing off in someone else’s soapy leftovers =( If that were the case, I got first dibs on getting in the bathtub first lol”- __femme_fatale__

“My ex’s family would throw all their left over food over their balconey instead of putting in the trash can. I asked them why they did that, they replied it keeps bugs away……..and didnt think rotted food right outside their door would bring bugs.” –PimemtoCheese

“I had a friend whose mom required her to sit on the floor. Never a chair, couch, bed, or other piece of furniture. I went to her house once and sat down on her bed and she flipped out, made me get off it and spent several minutes smoothing the sheets to make it look flat again. I think her mom thought “kids are dirty” but the rule was in place even after bathing and wearing clean.” –knitasha

“Went over to a school-mates’s house for dinner when I was in elementary school…his mom cut everyone’s good into little tiny bites before giving you the plate and only let us eat with a spoon… Her oldest daughter apparently choked on something once when she was a teenager and it became a rule…even on hamburger and hotdog night.” –GRZMNKY

“I was doing a project with a classmate at her house and on our way to her house we stopped at a store and picked up some snacks. We did our schoolwork and then just kind of played and messed around while eating those snacks. Then her mom came home and lost her absolute shit about the snacks. It wasn’t so much that we had eaten them, it was because the snacks had crumbs that had contaminated their otherwise purified home.

My friend had to stop everything and vacuum the entire house to get every crumb of snack, then take the nearly empty vacuum bag, the empty snack bags, and the half-empty but “contaminated” bag of kitchen trash outside and ask one of the neighbors if she could put it in their garbage bin because not a crumb of that kind of food was allowed on the property in any form after sunset. My mom picked me up and as I was leaving they were doing some additional purification ritual and my friend was praying for forgiveness for having potentially defiled their home.

Turns out they were 7th Day Adventist and it was against their code or whatever to have leavened foods in their house/property during a certain period of time? I don’t remember the exact details, but I remember it was a pretty big thing about how every crumb had to be removed from the property ASAP.” – alexa-488

“My neighborhood friend and I would hang out almost every day of the summer. We would go out exploring in the woods with a bunch of our friends and would usually come back all muddy and tired. My friend was very nice and would offer me water and food. His parents would take those away from me if they saw me with them saying they were only for their children. He was always allowed to eat at our house yet I’d have to walk back if they started having any type of meal. The worst though was his next door neighbor who had a daughter our age and when we were hanging out we all got muddy (we were 10) the girls mom proceeded to take her daughter and my friend into her house to clean them up and told me I wasn’t allowed to enter and that I could use the hose. Some people just know how to ruin a kid’s self esteem.” –boomsloth

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