Calling all “bad hombres”
Former reality television host Donald Trump will officially become the 45th President of the United States when he is sworn in this Friday. Considering Trump received just 22 percent of the vote combined in Fulton and DeKalb counties in November, many Atlantans may be dreading the incoming administration. With that, and the president-elect’s history of racist comments toward Mexican immigrants, in mind, the owners of a few local restaurants will be celebrating “bad hombres” on Inauguration Day.
The General Muir, West Egg Cafe, Fred’s Meat & Bread, and Yalla plan to serve up Mexican dishes in addition to their regular offerings this Friday. The full menus are still being developed, but a few items have already been determined:
West Egg Cafe
- Abel's horchata
- Tacos Carnitas with shredded pork, cabbage, cilantro, guacamole, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas
- Chicken tinga tostadas with chicken stew, fried corn tortillas, queso fresco, and crema
- Tres leches cake
The General Muir
- At breakfast, migas: scrambled eggs, crispy tortillas, jalapeño, garlic, and cilantro, served with black beans, salsa, cojita cheese, avocado, and sour cream
- At lunch, migas plus Jesus's pozole and Marco's fried chicken cutlet, with guacamole, and Carolina Gold rice
- At dinner, Jesus's pozole and a Mexican burger with red onion, roasted poblano, spicy mayo, avocado, and American cheese
Fred's Meat & Bread
- Mexican burger
- Torta with mortadella, roast pork, white American cheese, avocado, lettuce, mayo, tomato, oregano, cilantro, olive oil, and lime
- The chicken shawarma will be marinated with with red chilies, adobo, fresh onion, and pineapple
- Laffa al Pastor with chicken, jicama, pineapple, cilantro, labneh, zhug, lime, avocado, radish
Ben Johnson, co-owner of the restaurants, says this is a gesture from he and his partners to the restaurants’ diverse rosters of employees.
"The hospitality industry is one of the largest employers in Georgia and provides opportunities for a disproportionate share of minorities, including African-Americans, Latin Americans, and LGBT,” Johnson said in a prepared statement. “With all of the petty and divisive rhetoric surrounding the presidential campaign, we want to let our large number of female and minority staff know that we support and stand with them, that we reaffirm and celebrate the culture of inclusion that makes this industry and this country great.
“The story of this country is largely an immigrant story. It is a fervent belief in the promise of the United States of America as a better place, a place that welcomes all, a place that rewards ingenuity and hard work no matter the color of your skin or the place of your birth. More generally, it is the idea that here we can make tomorrow better than yesterday.
“We chose Mexican food as being symbolic of this culture of inclusion. It is a group demonized early and often during the presidential campaign. These are our colleagues and our friends. Plus, some of the best Mexican food in the city is not served out front to the public but is shared in the back of the restaurant during family meal. This is an opportunity for our folks to speak through their food and share with everyone. We will stand together on Friday and celebrate an America for all of us."