Mexican cuisine with a dash of Asian fusion coming soon near Howell

GENOA TWP. — A restauranteur and food truck operator from Howell is bringing a new eatery to town to serve up “authentic” Mexican cuisine with a dash of pan-Asian “fusion” cooking.

Israel Quintero is gearing up to open La Finca Tacos in early February at 799 S. Latson Road east of downtown Howell.

Quintero said his new eatery’s menu will center around freshly made Mexican fare, including tacos, tamales, birria, and many other dishes. He also plans to utilize his culinary background in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai cuisine to incorporate “fusion” dishes into the menu. He’s worked at Asian and Mexican restaurants in the state for about 25 years and learned many different techniques.

Mexican dishes such as quesabirria (pictured) will be on the menu at new Genoa Township eatery La Finca Tacos.

He also started a new hibachi food truck business, Quintero’s Asian Fusion Grill, a couple years ago.

Growing up Michoacán, a state on the west coast of Mexico, his mother was the queen of his family’s kitchen. He said her carnitas were his favorite.

“Michoacán is number one for carnitas. It is a pork and you cook slowly and very tender. The best carnitas is from Michoacán,” he said.

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