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In All Of California Only One Mexican Restaurant Made Michelin’s Best Restaurant List And How Is That Possible

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This is what food critics were all afraid of–that Michelin would bypass Los Angeles’ food diversity and stick to the Euro-centric options. Not a single taquería or Mexican restaurant was given a star in all of Los Angeles. The only Mexican restaurant to receive a star in all of California is called Taco María.

While this is problematic, we’d also like to remind everyone that Michelin is a tire company. The fact that Latin food was effectively ignored just makes the food guide lose even more credibility.

The ratings are given a range of one to three stars.

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Twitter user @KylePlantEmoji explains what the Michelin Guide is all about: “The Michelin Guide was originally intended as a way for motorists travelling around europe to decide where to eat! 1 star meant you should go if it’s on the way, 2 meant you should go out of your way to eat there, and 3 meant it was a destination in and of itself”

Los Angeles certainly has beef with Michelin.

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Every year, it grants the bulk of its stars to Bay area eateries, completely ignoring the Latin and Korean restaurants that makes up the vast majority of Los Angeles’ cuisine. Every year, LA becomes more and more unwelcoming to the seemingly racist food guide.

Nonetheless, let us introduce you to Taco María.

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Michelin mostly focuses on fine cuisine, though they have a separate list called “Bib Gourmand,” which focuses on more affordable dining experiences. The “Bib Gourmand” is where you’d find more Latin restaurants.

“We don’t believe in borders between people or ideas.”

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Taco María may be high end, but they’re staying true to their roots. In a political statement, the taquería shared on Instagram, “We don’t believe in borders between people or ideas. Thank you for helping us celebrate three years of @tacomaria.”

You can choose from prixe fixe, a la carte or brunch menu options.

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Expect American classics like buttermilk pancakes alongside classic chilaquiles for breakfast. Lunch and dinner are where the magic happens.

This mole de pollo tamal is even available for bulk order.

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Because everyone knows tamales are best enjoyed at the family dinner table. General pricing ranges from $11 for taquitos de papa to $18 for a pescado frito.

Don’t assume this is dessert–its a garlic crema, lavender onion covered enfrijolada.

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“Enfrijolada,” @tacomaria captions, “black beans, queso fresco, lavender onions, garlic crema”

This is a “Frozen Lime Marshmallow.”

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“Frozen Lime Marshmallow, coal-toasted meringue, star anise,” the restaurant shared on Twitter. “One last photo from our dinner with guest chef Daniel Patterson. 📷”

Finish off a beautiful meal with this churro.

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Taco María is located in Costa Mesa, California. From the looks of it, it deserved more than one star. Felicidades, Taco María! May many more Mexican restaurants make the list next year.

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