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Bolivian mixes with Mexican at Que Padre

The banner above Que Padre (Taqueria y Mas!!) features a cartoon man who looks a little like a cleanshaven Fred Flintstone. He is wearing a serape, with an arm outstretched holding a sombrero. He seems to be saying, “Come in!”

Listen to this guy. There is no shortage of Mexican food in East Boston, but Que Padre’s northern Mexico specialties and Bolvian pastries set it apart from the others. At the counter you order from owner and cook Victor Duran, a one-man show. He cooks, chats with customers, and runs food to tables, smiling all the while. He’s been doing this nearly every day since he opened six months ago. Duran is rightly proud of the fresh, flavorful, home-style food he is turning out in his new taqueria. After taking a trip to his fiancee’s hometown in Sonora Mexico, Duran decided to bring the food back. He also wanted to include specialties from his Bolivian heritage.

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