August 12, 2008

Modernizing frybread

Mesa cafe creates unique frybread dishesAn east Valley cafe is going gourmet with a classic Native American food. Cafe Laguna in Mesa near Baseline and Power is putting a new twist on frybread. The family-owned business is on a mission to modernize the tasty treat some are calling gourmet frybread meals with toppings that stray from the traditional beef, bean, and cheese other restaurants use. "The gourmet Laguna is something that has a twist to it with marinated steak and chicken and people seem to gravitate to that because it's so different," said co-owner Otis Lara.

Lara and a brother opened the cafe two weeks ago. Their dishes are inspired by their Laguna Pueblo heritage from New Mexico and desire to experiment with new ingredients. "There's a huge risk just because of the fact that this is part of the Native American tradition. This is something that's been with the Native American community for a while."
Comment:  Considering how unhealthy it is, frybread is one tradition Natives should abandon. Save it for special occasions, perhaps, but don't eat it regularly.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
BUT -- fry bread is so GOOD! Maybe that restaurant should call their innovative menu 'Anasazi tacos...'
All Best
Russ Bates