José Andrés bringing taco stall to Johns Hopkins

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Celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés is opening a new restaurant on the Johns Hopkins University campus.

Butterfly Tacos y Tortas, as its called, will be a fast-casual spot serving food inspired by the street culture of Mexico City.

A few mouth-watering teasers, per a release: Taco Hongos (grilled mushrooms marinated in maggi sauce topped with housemade salsa serrano and guacamole) and the Torta Pollo Milanese (crispy breaded chicken breast with black bean, cilantro, Oaxaca cheese, guacamole and salsa serrano).

The eatery will also offer salads and items that can be purchased on the go.

Andrés and his partners at ThinkFoodGroup are opening the restaurant as part of a plan to revamp the food offerings at Levering Hall for students and faculty. (But as The Sun confirmed, it is open to the public, so there’s nothing stopping you from grabbing a torta.)

Starting Jan. 27, Butterfly will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new restaurant’s name is inspired by one of Andrés’ other establishments, Washington D.C.’s Michelin-starred Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. According to a company website, that eatery’s name is inspired by the millions of Monarch butterflies who head to Mexico for the winter and take up residence in oyamel trees.

All together, Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup operate three dozen restaurants in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Texas, New York City, Orlando and the Bahamas.

More recently, Andrés, a native of Spain, has become known for his work developing World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meals to victims of natural disasters.

Brandon Weigel


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