Chicano Boy Taco is
a Mexican-American taquería based in staunton virginia.
Chicano Boy Taco focuses on serving handmade tacos and Mission-style burritos. We believe in adding value to our preparations by using fresh products and meticulous time-honored technique.
Chicano Boy Taco is the brainchild of local chef Justin Hershey. The taquería is inspired by Chef Justin Hershey's exploration of his heritage. Chicano Boy Taco made it's debut on September 13th, 2015.
Photos by John Park
Location & HoURS
240 N. Central Suite 6 Staunton VA, 24401
Open: Tues.-Sat, 11AM-9PM
Closed For Rest: Sunday and Monday
Born in Merced, California, Chef Justin Hershey (né Manuel Borguez Padron Jr.) took his first restaurant job at the age of 15. With his mother's work in the hospitality industry and his family's enthusiasm for dining, entering "the industry" was a natural move.
Justin later enrolled in the Florida Culinary Institute, where he distinguished himself through his classwork and was chosen to represent the Southeast United States in the 2008 San Pelligrino Almost Famous Chef Competition in Napa, CA. He also had the opportunity to work at Mark's CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida, a restaurant owned by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mark Militello.
After graduation Justin moved home to Virginia and worked with Chef Ian Boden at The Staunton Grocery before accepting a job as executive chef at Zinc in Charlottesville, Virginia. During his tenure there, he was able to shape Zinc into a "foodie" favorite in the area, garnishing praise and press in many local publications.
Chef Justin took a two-year educational hiatus before returning to the kitchen, again with Chef Ian Boden, this time at Boden's steller new venture The Shack. With Chef Boden, Justin would have the honor of being invited for a second time to NYC to cook at the prestigious James Beard House.
Currently, Justin is enjoying success after establishing the dinner menu and Staunton's only wood-fired pizza at Newtown Baking.