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Video: One Woman's Mission to Bring Serious Mexican Food to New York
Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.
Lina Chavez, the owner of bodega-turned-restaurant Carnitas El Atoradero, is no stranger to hard work. While her new sit-down space has wasted no time in winning over our taste buds, Lina sees just as much foot traffic in the adjoining grocery store, where she still packs three-pound orders of carnitas from a simmering cauldron every weekend.
Managing both businesses at once, she's also earned a reputation for zero-compromise Mexican cooking. Whether she's serving a fresh, simple guacamole or a rich, complex mole poblano, Lina is driven by a desire to share.
Previously on 1 Minute Meal
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The True Tastes of Tea »
The Clay Pot Rice King of Chinatown »
Noodles by Hand in Manhattan's Chinatown »
Doughnuts and Coffee for Past and Present »
Life of a Slice Man and Sal and Carmine »
A Different Kind of Factory at Jomart Chocolates »
Appraising the Perfect Muffin at Blue Sky Bakery »
A League of Tortas at Tortas Neza in Corona »
One More Pupusa at El Olomega in Red Hook »
Lechonera La Piraña in Mott Haven »
The Arepa Lady of Jackson Heights »
The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens »
The Lemon Ice King of Corona, a Queens Classic »
A Day in the Life of The Baoery, a Pop-Up Restaurant »
Khachapuri, a Georgian Bread Baked into South Brooklyn »
David's Brisket House, the Jewish Deli Run by Muslims in Brooklyn »
About the videographer: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a multimedia journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.