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Kathy Stephenson has been the food writer at The Tribune since 2000. A Utah native, Stephenson's first job was picking zucchini on her grandparent's Kaysville farm. Every Christmas, Stephenson's neighbors and colleagues look forward to getting a plate of her baklava. Last year, she gave away nearly 300 pieces.

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From Texas to Sandy: Los Cucos Mexican Cafe to open

Brothers Manuel and Sergia Cabrera, owners of 14 Los Cucos Mexican Cafe’s in Texas, will open their first Utah eatery — and the first outside the Lone Star State — next week in Sandy. A grand opening is scheduled Monday, May 5, at 11 a.m.

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Los Cucos has an extensive menu that includes dozens of Mexican-American favorites: fajitas, carne asada, taquitos, flautas, burritos and chalupas. Prices average $8 to $14, with large platters costing more. Two unique items:

• Deep fried avocados stuffed with chicken, beef or shrimp ($9.99 to $10.99);

• And caldo de res, a beef soup made with carrots, corn on the cob, potatoes and yuca. ($9.99 with rice and condiments).

The Cabrera brothers success story also is unique. Years ago, they left Mexico and moved to Houston. They scrubbed floors, washed dishes and prepared food, eventually saving enough to open their own small restaurant.

Then disaster struck. Open less than a week, a fire completely destroyed the building. Without insurance, their life savings was gone — but not their spirit. The brother's reopened the restaurant a year later and have never looked back.

Los Cucos Mexican Cafe • 10585 S. State, Sandy; 801-572-7400 or loscucos.com

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