Taco Bell Wouldn’t Exist Without San Bernardino’s Mitla Cafe

Originally Featured on Eater LA →
Mitla Cafe, San Bernardino
Photo by Noam Bleiweiss

For Eater’s Classics Week 2015, I put together a really nice #mediumread about Mitla Cafe, San Bernardino’s longstanding Mexican restaurant that helped form the basis of what would become Taco Bell.

There’s more to the history, though, as the piece shows: segregation, changing demographics, disenfranchisement and a sense of commitment to community.

Go take a look.

Farley Elliott is a food and travel writer living in Los Angeles. He is the Senior Editor at Eater LA, and has bylines everywhere from LA Weekly to Los Angeles Magazine to Thrillist to Tasting Table. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food, a guidebook to LA’s amazing street food culture. Oh, and he’s that guy from that Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos video.