"Authentic Mexican spots recently began proliferating in northern Vermont, but when Fridas Taqueria & Grill opened in 2009, fresh south-of-the-border fare was difficult to come by. Two years on, the Stowe restaurant has picked up its first Daysie, earned for its much-loved tacos, flan and smoked-duck mole.
SEVEN DAYS: How have you sold people on lengua (beef tongue) tacos?
JACK PICKETT, CO-OWNER: Sometimes you can tell people, Hey, youve never had it, but youre gonna pay $3.75. If you dont like it, whats the worst that can happen? We also guarantee all our food if you dont like it, you dont pay for it. The majority of people who order it have already been to a taqueria here or in Mexico that serves it. People who are in the know go for it.
— Alice Levitt