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Mexican food is “the most undervalued, underappreciated world cuisine with tremendous, tremendous potential. I think we should pay more attention to it, learn more about it, and value it more. This is frankly a racist assumption that Mexican food or Indian food should be cheap.”

In this week’s City Paper, food editor Laura Hayescombats the assumption that Mexican food—and tacos in particular—should always be cheap. The thinking that Mexican fare should always cost diners less than $5 or $10, restaurateurs say, is a racist one, and owners “are frustrated by the assumption that Mexican food has to be cheap no matter how much a chef spends on ingredients or how much an operator shells out for labor or rent. While other immigrant cuisines have diversified to offer meals at a variety of price points, customers expect Mexican food to remain cheap,” Hayes writes.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The past few months have been windier than usual in D.C. [WTOP]

  • The number of deaths on Maryland’s roads has steadily increased since 2014, WTOP reports. [WTOP]

  • Maryland Governor Larry Hoganbans bump stocks. [WAMU]

  • Post editorial board:Trayon White “should spend less time playing the victim.” [Post]

  • Arts in Foggy Bottom is back, y’all. [PoPville]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Prosecutors allege that civilian MPD employee assisted gang members. [FOX5, NBC4]

  • Attorney General Karl Racinegoes after solid-waste facility in Ward 5. [FOX5]

  • Ward 1 Council candidate Kent Boese wins Gertrude Stein Club endorsement. [Blade]

  • Mayor Bowser is in Miami to raise money for her re-election campaign. [Twitter]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • At the National Gallery of Art, a deeper look atPaul Cézanne’s portraits. [WCP]

  • PeepRico Nasty’s new music video. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

  • Smithsonian introduces humanoid robots at downtown museums that will eventually become self-aware and enslave us allhelp and educate museum visitors. [FOX5]

  • Rebecca Kauffman‘s new novel The Gunnersis an achievement in emotion and brevity. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Food trucks record a victory as city dials back a rule that limited them to entering one truck in the monthly location lottery. [WCP]

  • D.C. now has a cup ramen cocktail bar. [WCP]

  • These two club-level boxes at Nationals Park are for super rich people. [Eater]

  • Tim Carman is a fan of rock-and-roll taqueria Taco Bamba. [Post]

  • This cherry blossom season special isn’t a fake-out. [Washingtonian]

  • Reren Lamen appears to be expanding to Georgetown. [PoPville]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ron Paul claims victory over Matchbox. [WBJ]

  • Flight records show where Jeff Bezos has gone in his private plane. [WBJ]

  • A tale of two houses (with cash to burn). [PoPville]

  • How developers take money out of Metro’s pockets. [GGW]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • ANC 5B meets at 6:30 p.m. 3700 Oakview Terrace NE.

  • ANC 5A meets at 6:45 p.m. 5171 South Dakota Ave. NE.

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