Name of business: Tacos Don Memo
Chef/Owners: Leo Saavedra
Where are you from: Guerrero, Mexico
What kind of food do you serve?: authentic Mexican
Specialties: tacos and burritos, al pastor
Tell us something about you or your business that you want the world to know: I came to the USA in 1998 with my father and went to culinary school in New York. In 2000 I came to Philadelphia to work at a Japanese restaurant. In 2007 I opened my cart-it was hard, but right away the people came because they loved the food. I have built a following; I have customers who eat my food 3 times a week.
Why do you deserve to win the Vendy Award?: The food I make is different --it is authentic, it isn't tex-mex--I create the same flavors that I grew up with and share them with Philadelphia. My food is delicious, fresh, and full of flavor.
The 2012 Vendys are set for Saturday, July 28, 2012, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at The Lot @ 39th and Market. Tickets for the Philadelphia Vendys, which is all-you-can-eat and includes beer, can be purchased at http://phillyvendys2012.eventbrite.com for $55 in advance and $60 day of event.