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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gracias Madre Opening Pushed Back to Late December

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM

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Long before Cortez and his killers rolled through Tenochtitlan ― with pigs as well as galleons and guns, history says ― the Aztecs lunched on tamales. As early as 8000 B.C., masa slugs in various guises were portable food capable of supporting large armies as well as hunters, travelers, and hungry families. Before the Spanish introduced that lovely lard, tamales were largely vegan ― or at least that's what Rick Bayless once told us (we think). How fitting is it then that local beacon of raw, vegan, and vaguely sketchy gastronomic weirdness Cafe Gratitude is launching a new restaurant called Gracias Madre, specializing in chiles rellenos, enchiladas, and tamales hand-crafted from heirloom corn grown on a biodynamic farm called Be Love. We are intrigued. We are skeptical. We are open-minded. We are weary. Originally slated to open Monday, Dec 14, the opening has now been pushed back to Saturday, Dec. 26. Whether you cotton to human sacrifice or companies guided by controversial self-help philosophies, you'll find something to eat here, we imagine.

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