CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS

VANESSA SANCHEZ, El Borrego de Oro

Have you ever had a craving for Barbacoa on a Sunday morning but the, ‘where should I go’ question was always a toughy? Well, thanks to the Sanchez family, your question is finally answered. With three opened locations, El Borrego de Oro is the place for a mean barbacoa. Their tender and flavorful lamb is cooked in a pit of maguey leaves that transports you to Hidalgo, Mexico. Their mouthwatering consume, spicy red salsa, and handmade tortillas is perfect for making yourself barbacoa tacos. The ‘Chuletas de Borrego’ is also a winner- tacos all around!

Many friends praised owner Noberto Sanchez at family gatherings for his authentic and juicy barbacoa, so he did what he thought was best- open a restaurant. His passion and ambition led him to Boyle Heights in March 2003 to the grand opening of El Borrego de Oro. After opening three locations within 6 years, Norberto and his wife Zolia stepped down from operations and handed the reins to their daughter, Vanessa Sanchez. Vanessa manages all three restaurants but when she gets some down time, she enjoys the ‘Quesadillas de Huitlacoche y Flor de Calabaza.’ Her plans now consist of remodeling their first location and possibly opening up a new restaurant in San Bernardino.

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