San Francisco, CA
Isabel Caudillo is the owner and chef of her family business, EL Buen Comer. Caudillo is a La Cocina graduate, and this is her first brick-and-mortar location. It opened after years of planning and hooking people on her delicious food at the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market (since 2008—and still going on Saturdays). Prior to that, she was cooking lunch for homesick customers out of her Tenderloin and then Mission home. She’s a Mexico City native, and her dishes are all about the city’s guisados (stews) and comida corrida (home-style cooking you get for lunch).