Scarlett and Ted
“Who wants a taco?” “Yo por favor, si por favor! (Me please, yes please!)”
Ted and I are obsessed with Mexican food; we have it at least twice a week. Why wouldn’t we? As writer Isabel Quintero has said, “Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.” Well, it sure seems an accurate description to me. We recently found just that when we met our besties Dean and Jeanette Embry at Limon y Sal Mexican Kitchen, located at 10000 Brownsboro Road in Louisville’s East End.
Becky & Ted
Dean & Jeanette Embry
Let’s Taco ‘Bout It
What is it about tacos that make them so special? For us, it’s because tacos are all of our favorite flavors nestled between a delicious folded tortilla, which is why Ted is compelled to randomly shout, “Who wants a taco?” (It’s something he picked up from an Oprah commercial several years back. Everybody loves Oprah.) For Limon y Sal co-owner Diego Carmona Velasco, though, it’s because a Mexican meal means a sense of family and fun — which is exactly how we feel too.
“Limón y Sal means ‘lime and salt’ in Spanish, key ingredients in Mexican cuisine that are typically accompanied by tequila and margaritas,” Diego told us. “It’s a fun take on two common ingredients, and it is something Mexicans say a lot. There is even a popular song by the amazing Mexican singer Julieta Venegas, who sings ‘I love you with lime and salt,’ an idiomatic expression meaning I love you no matter what.”
Diego and his fellow co-owner Porfirio Ledezma met at a restaurant and have been friends for 20 years. They opened Limón y Sal together in July 2018. Both men were born and raised in Mexico and have a combined 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, from washing dishes and bussing tables to catering and management.
Diego Carmona Velasco, Ted, Becky & Porfirio Ledezma
Their experience is, in part, what makes them so successful. Both Diego and Porfirio are behind the concept, recipes, and organization of Limon y Sal, and it is Diego’s wife Rachel who brings in the creative elements to the restaurant. But cooking is also in their blood. “We both remember our mothers and grandmothers cooking since we were very small,” Diego said. His grandmother runs a small restaurant in an Oaxacan market, where she has cookedRead more