PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–A South Philadelphia chef is fast becoming the face of the call for comprehensive immigration reform.
South Philly Barbacoa– aka– South Philly Barbecue– is as colorful as its kitchen is aromatic. And it’s where Cristina Martinez a Mexican immigrant and her American husband Ben Miller work seven days a week. They spend four days prepping and three days–Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays–selling their famous lamb, pork and veggie tacos and other Mexican cuisine to long lines of waiting customers. It’s also where their barbecue nearly always gets sold out.
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“Everything is very fresh–the vegetables, the meats,” says Martinez. “And every week it’s different people, more people, more customers.”
Martinez’s authentic food is so good Bon Appetit named Barbacoa one of the best restaurants in the country. Martinez and Miller also caught the eye of Fortune Magazine and Philly Mag. They’ve also been recognized by City Council.
But the national headlines are
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