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. Here are 14 amazing places to check out that totally change the way we eat LatinX food.
Calling all sugar addicts! Get ready for Twisted 4 Sugar – it’s cotton candy with a Latin twist. 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.
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.
Hand-made sweet treats with a modern flare? Count me in! This place isn’t your typical panaderia. They’re open daily from 5:00am to 10:00pm, 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. Tlayuda la
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.
5. Churro Boss
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.
6. Nuni Toaster
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.
7. Todo Verde
Any company that is a mobile company is a win in my book. Todo Verde provides healthy and affordable smoothies, juices, agua fresca, 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.
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.
Located in a strip mall in Pico Rivera, California, 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.
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.
11. Chicas Tacos
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.
12. East Los Sweets
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?
13. Swirl Fiesta
Swirl Fiesta brings everything we love together – flaming hot cheetos and corn, plus all kinds of pineapple dole whips and sweet treats. But seriously, that corn though! Smothered in flaming hot cheetos? We’re going to be there ASAP.
14. Alicias Delicias
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.