La Cocina Economica: Bringing Familia from the Kitchen to the Table
Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.
Photo by Alex Rodriguez Flautas lunch special
The Place: La Cocina Economica
The Food: Traditional Sonoran
The Backstory: Family-owned for the past seven years.
The Price: Just under $8 for a full lunch.
See also: La Cocina Economica: Lunch $10 and Under
Photo by Alex Rodriguez Meet Victor and his family's menu.
Victor Becerra stands behind the counter of La Cocina Economica, ready and waiting for hungry customers to walk in. With a polite smile, the 18-year-old son of La Cocina's owners waits on customers -- doing everything from taking orders to busing tables and carrying out food.
"It's my dad's restaurant," he says. So, naturally, he chips in and does his part for the family business.
His father, whom Victor is named after, opened the 16th Street Mexican restaurant seven years ago, and they've been going strong since. "My uncle owns a restaurant in San Diego -- so my dad starting learning about the business and, eventually, my mom convinced him he should open one up for himself."