L.A. chef a good sport af­ter los­ing Se­ries bet

Serves up 300 tacos to Red Sox fans

Boston Herald - - NEWS - — meghan.ot­tolini@boston­her­ald.com By MEGHAN OT­TOLINI

Vic­tory is sweet, es­pe­cially when it’s served with a side of hu­mil­ity and 300 tacos, cour­tesy of a Los An­ge­les chef on the los­ing end of a World Se­ries wa­ger.

Chef Tomas Mar­tinez, owner of Tacos Tum­bas a Tomas, flew cross-coun­try to make good on a bet placed be­tween Fa­neuil Hall Mar­ket­place and down­town L.A.’s Grand Cen­tral Mar­ket be­fore the World Se­ries. Yes­ter­day, Mar­tinez paid up, serv­ing free tacos to fans wear­ing Red Sox gear.

“The Dodgers have to make a lot of changes to this team,” he lamented, scoop­ing salsa verde.

But the chef re­mained good-na­tured about the bet, call­ing the city “a beau­ti­ful place, a beau­ti­ful time.”

Mija Cantina & Te­quila Bar hosted the taco ex­trav­a­ganza, pre­pared to serve 65 pounds of fresh carne asada to Bos­to­ni­ans.

The sunny morn­ing quickly turned blus­tery and gray, fur­ther push­ing the An­ge­lenos out of their el­e­ment.

“It says a lot about them,” said Somerville res­i­dent and Red Sox fan Craig Sun­der­lin, “that they were able to brave the cold, and also honor their com­mit­ment.”

“Th­ese guys are hold­ing their word, they’re true to their word,” said Colby Het­nar, who took a break from work to throw on a “Dam­age Done” sweat­shirt and grab a taco. “This is great. They’re even wear­ing Red Sox hats, straight from L.A.. They’re good sports about it.”

The lure of an au­then­tic South­ern Cal­i­for­nian taco was strong enough to turn some Dodgers fans against their own, los­ing team. Emer­son stu­dent Sarah Kim, 20, hails from Los An­ge­les. Mar­tinez’s tacos are among her fa­vorite home­town noshes. So when she heard about the give­away to Red Sox fans, she went out and bought a baby blue Sox cap.

“If it comes down to the Red Sox and the Dodgers, I’m for the Dodgers. But I had to get the hat for the free tacos. Hav­ing any Mex­i­can food from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is usu­ally bet­ter than what I can find here,” she said.

What would have hap­pened if the Red Sox lost? Fa­neuil Hall would have sent a culi­nary team to L.A. to dish out clam chowder and baked beans. Thank good­ness for Steve Pearce.


PAY­ING UP: Manuel Mar­tinez, Ju­nior Del Toro and Tomas Mar­tinez of Tacos Tum­bas a Tomas in Los An­ge­les make free tacos for Red Sox fans af­ter L.A.’s Grand Cen­tral Mar­ket lost a bet with Fa­neuil Hall Mar­ket­place when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the World Se­ries. At top, Sox fans Will Hat­tery and Gary Short Jr., both of Read­ing, take a bite of their free tacos.


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