In the heart of Cambridge’s city centre, you’ll find a little piece of Mexico, drawing you in with its intoxicating aroma of spicy chipotle sauce, succulent slow-cooked pork and fresh ingredients. Nanna Mexico is a veritable feast for the senses as candy pink frozen margaritas churn invitingly alongside a counter of authentic street food (tender braised lamb, smoky chicken, homemade chorizo), freshly prepared to be stuffed into burritos, rolled into enchiladas or popped into salads. Though its line of street food is decidedly de rigueur with millennials, Nanna Mexico’s story is deeply rooted in the past, namely with owner Luis Navarro’s beloved Nanna Margarita. Back in 1958, living in the tough Barrio Bravo neighbourhood of Mexico City, with seven mouths to feed, Margarita took her kitchen table out into the street and began to sell enchiladas to the community. Her tasty fare was an instant hit – and Margarita passed on to her grandson both her secret recipes and her enterprising spirit. So, in 2005, Luis turned his back on his high-flying career as a lawyer, to move with wife Ruth to Cambridge, and do Nanna proud, launching his first food trailer. Abiding by Margarita’s motto of ‘buy fresh, cook simple, waste nothing’, his authentic dishes took the city by storm, particularly the signature ‘Big-Ass Burrito’ (guaranteed to curb hunger!). Over the past 13 years the Nanna Mexico family has grown to 40 staff, with Cambridge premises in Regent Street, Petty Cury and Fitzroy Street plus a restaurant in Norwich, and a fleet of food trailers. At Nanna Mexico, they say that every great meal should be served with a great story – and Luis’s is surely one of the most inspiring.
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