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Meet Monica Merenda, Los Compadres

April 26, 2021

7th Ave or Northern Ave? For 60 years the Valdivia's restaurants, Los Compadres, delivered comfort Mexican food out of two well-known locations in The Valley. After venturing from Globe/Miami years ago, the family's recipes took many shapes and forms in different corners of the state. Monica Valdivia-Merenda has now taken the reigns of the Los Compadres legacy. From dining in to farmers markets, hear how she's adapted the business and continued carrying forward the food so many people have come to love.

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