When I was younger we had a and my mother divorced, left the
to my father and to see my mother not have her own business.
I wanted to invest in her.
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Hey, everybody here we are in Oakland, California, Oaktown
And we're at, we're gonna have some traditional Mexican food
Let's go check it out.
What's good in your hood is all about good food by good people
doing good in their community to is my favorite meat.
So I always get whatever that's on the.
And in Oakland this mother son duel is holding it down doing
A lot of people were against me opening up this place.
Also in downtown, I said the only thing that passes through
He was like, you know everybody saying that it's like we will
make the difference.
We will make the difference.
You see, my mother not have her own business.
I wanted to invest in her when it comes to taking it back to their
Gloria is meticulous in her pursuit of authenticity and believe
me, it's the real deal.
Tell me, what do you think the secret has been for you guys?
We kind of educated the people the way you know, uh in Mexico
how it's social food, you know, and are social food.
You go and you share and to me, very hard to bring my kind of food
also because it was nowhere around the kind of food I was gonna
represent like Yucatan Peninsula.
We do the Sonora, we did the Tijuana, we got the, you know, the
We were just bringing something that was actually actually
authentic and the real critics really uh you know, I think
we both, we both agree or they could come and say, you know what
There's a place I could come and get it with those uh menu items
that you can put you on the map.
It, it is, it is, it really is.
It's hard to imagine that a once dilapidated neighborhood
in downtown Oakland is now host to thriving businesses.
Owing a big thanks to this duo.
It's really good food tender, lots of flavors.
It's like the food is making out with me.
Mm mom and son working together.
Well, I'm gonna say something.
I mean, yeah, it is, it is difficult.
As anybody would think.
And I'm always gonna be strict with him and I don't care what
We bump heads all the time, but at the end of the day, this is
our place together and we both have great ideas and we both
bring, uh, things to the table coming up next.
And what's, what's this mechanism called here?
So, here we are in the kitchen.
Uh, and we're gonna be making one of her favorite dishes called
and it's originated from Mexico City for anybody who's listening
translates to white girl barbecue.
So you're ready with your aprons because you are going to do
We have our marinated meat.
So all you do is just slice it down, kind of like push it back
And what's, what's this mechanism called here?
Can you feel the heat?
And I'm doing as best as I can.
You're doing really good.
I think you have enough for our all right.
Uh Glod, what are we doing at this step?
So we're gonna go through the grill onions.
Oh my God, you guys, this smells so good while that's cooking
We're gonna get our handmade tortilla, which we do here.
You're gonna get some cheese.
Have you had before?
Uh, I had, I have had a past before but I've never had a, oh, wow
We're gonna garnish it.
Remember you're gonna put some cilantro onions and some radishes
and then you get your little lime so it's time to taste it.
The best thing I've ever made when Tex Mex was the popular thing
They took it back to their roots to offer up what no one was doing
from the food to the decor.
I had the opportunity to work with four traditional women
were better than school.
And you know, learning from them, all the central dishes and
all their flavors saw their secrets.
And you know, I collected a lot of recipes everywhere.
I went in every restaurant.
I was very fortunate.
I will go in with the chef, you know, uh my name is so and so I would
love to take this back to my restaurant and present the state
the way it should be, you know, share it to you.
That's what I do build it and they will come and the people are
showing up in droves from a small family shop to a lunch, providing
a place for locals visitors and burgeoning foot traffic.
Talk about some of the things that you guys have been involved
in that have helped the community.
I helped start this project called El Taco Bike.
What that did was gave that barrier of entry for a small entrepreneur
Want to be in a food business.
They can't afford uh maybe a restaurant that's, that's gonna
So what can they do?
So, the Taco bike was a project where helping small entrepreneurs
do a food business with a low entry coming up next, stay right
You'll see me do the Taco Challenge.
Taco Challenge on the, we're gonna deliver tacos or do you
Hey, everybody here.
I am with Alfonso El Taco bike and an empty parking lot.
I'm about to do the Taco challenge.
A 32nd bike tour of the parking lot.
I know it sounds crazy and it is, but we're gonna do it.
321, go the bike that's called the hurry up.
You're not gonna make it.
Oh, you see, you gotta cut the corner.
I don't know if he would make it.
Dam it next time, buddy.
All right, guys, I didn't make the challenge.
I got 46 seconds or 32nd challenge.
You know who the real winner is?
The Taco bike because it's a great invention.
It's gonna help a lot of people become their own bosses and
I really hope it does.
Well, the dominguez family risked everything by opening
and with the pebble in the pond that rippled old town Oakland
into a thriving community.
So paint a picture for me.
What was all of this?
You know, when you guys came in here in 2009 10, the economy
So I called the bubble, the bubble pops and a lot of retail closed
This whole block was actually empty.
So I uh proposed this project called Papa where I'm literally
popping up a neighborhood.
It was a collaboration between the city, the landlords, the
existing landlords at that time and the community and what
we did, we came in and told the landlords, hey, look, let me
um curate these empty spaces.
And what we'll do is we'll give them six months free rent.
After the six month free trial, we'll see how their books are
We'll see how we could kind of grow this neighborhood organically
Sounds like you opened up an entire neighborhood.
You pretty much was the one for the landlord and we went for
the community and we went for the small mom and pop shops and
you gotta have and that's what's good in your hood.