Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Mary Lane is the daughter of a Hispanic mother and Jewish father. Watching her mother and aunts prepare traditional Mexican dishes from scratch is where her passion for cooking began. In high school, Mary had the privelage of living in Italy as a foreign exchange student. She spent countless hours watching, asking, and learning from the host family's private chef. She still uses recipes from the hand written, make-shift recipe book she made there. She traveled Europe, samplig exotic foods, savoring every bite.
Upon her return to the states, Mary enrolled in the University of Arizona. In Tucson, she was introduced to a whole new world of cuisine. There she and her husband, Andrew, opened the extremely popular Mary's Tacos. Andrew built the plywood, roofless shack. Their "equipment" consisted of a bbq grill, ice chest, and a home steak knife. Soon, They were able to purchase a small refigerator and real knives. Crowds would line up and hour deep to try their mesquite grilled carne asada atop a hand made tortilla, and to watch Andrew chop meat, a cleaver in each hand, with amazing speed and accuracy. The flavors of the Sonoran Desert are still evident in many of her signature dishes.
After 14 years away, Mary returned to her home town with 3 kids and a 12 foot head in tow. One day, driving through the streets of San Gabriel, She fell head-over-heels for an abandoned, delapadated Drive-thru Dairy. With nothing but a dream and determination, Mary aquired the space and got to work, doing much of the physical labor herself. After three years of blood, sweat, and lots of tears and with love, encouragement, and free labor from family and friends Mary was able to make her dream a reality. Today the sad looking dairy is a beautiful, vibrant space, staying true to it's vintage aesthetic and rich neighborhood history.
Each item on the menu is an original recipe, made from scratch and the freshest all-natural ingedients. All Mary's food is truely made with love and in Andrew's memory.
MARY'S TACO BAR