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El Motor’s steak fajitas ($11.95) are dressed with tomato, onion and pepper, and served with beans, rice and tortillas. Kirsten Onsgard/22nd Century Media
Kirsten Onsgard, Contributing Editor
8:53 am CDT August 10, 2017

The Martinez home was a hub of food and family.

For 25-year-old son Ernesto, that meant spending Sundays in their Homewood house with siblings and extended family after church. His parents, known as the cooks, served traditional Mexican favorites: tamales, carnitas, rice and pozole — a soup made with hominy and meat.

“My house was always full of people — cousins, friends,” Ernesto said. “It’s my childhood — people at my house.”