We caught up with the folks from Route 66 to learn about how they make their authentic So-Cal street food.
Hi, can you introduce yourself?
We’re Route 66 and we sell homemade southern Californian street food. We’re based in Forest Hill and it’s a true family run business. Wayne and I design the menus, cook, and prep, and our kids help with serving and setting up.
What do you sell at the Horniman Farmers' Market?
Our chicken and chorizo burritos are very popular but we’re best known for our breakfast burrito. We’ve developed this over the years with the aid of a few trips back to California to find the best possible combination of flavours.
What’s happening in your kitchen currently?
Today, we’re making our own habanero sauce - we make all our own sauces and this one is a favourite of those who like it hot.
How long have you been creating street food? How has your business changed over the years?
This is our eighth year of making street food, we have maintained our core menu as it is based on authentic So-Cal street food, but we bring new menu items as a special every now and again - like our fish tacos, breakfast quesadillas, or carne asada.
There are lots of places to get burritos in London now, there were very few when we started. However, nobody else offers our unique range of Southern Californian that is both home-made and authentic.
Renee lived in San Ysidro, right on the Mexican border, and grew up with the local street food, and the Mexican home cooking of her friends’ families.
What makes trading at the Horniman special for you?
We love the Horniman views, gardens, festive events, the people who work there, and our customers.
Do you still eat So-Cal food at home?
Eight days a week! Our quesadillas are a real hit with kids, and mum and dad!