Anna's Taqueria

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Anna's Taqueria
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1995
Headquarters Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Products Mexican food
Owner Michael Kamio

Anna's Taqueria is a chain of fast-service Mexican-fusion restaurants in the Boston area.


Anna's is modeled after U.S. West Coast style Mexican cuisine, specifically the Mission-style burrito of San Francisco.[1] Its menu offers only four core items: burritos, tacos, quesadillas and Mexican plates, and has been described as "the best burritos for next to nothing".[2] The food is made using an assembly line-style process.[1][3] The chain currently has six stores in operation, including two in Cambridge.[4]

Anna's Taqueria Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts location.
Anna's Taqueria Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts location.

In April 2009, Anna's Taqueria was recipient of the Boston Phoenix's 'Best of Boston' Award for best fast food,[5] while the company has won Boston Magazine's 'Best of Boston' award multiple times.[6]


The first Anna's Taqueria was founded by Michael Kamio and located in Brookline's Coolidge Corner in 1995 after a disagreement with his sister Mariko Kamio, who owns the competing Boca Grande chain.[6] Since then, a second Brookline restaurant was opened in addition to the locations in Porter and Davis Squares, and restaurants were opened at MIT's Stratton Student Center and on Cambridge St. in Boston across from the Massachusetts General Hospital.[4]

Labor controversy[edit]

In 2004, Anna's Taqueria was made to pay $206,918 in back-wages to 127 employees. The Labor Department Wage and Hour Division found that the four stores had been employing individual employees at multiple locations and not paying the requisite time-and-a-half wages for time worked in excess of 40 hours between the months of January 2001 and January 2003.[7]


  1. ^ a b Cheng 2005
  2. ^ Phantom Gourmet 2007, p.47.
  3. ^ Beste 2005
  4. ^ a b Locations Archived 4 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine. - Anna's Taqueria website
  5. ^ The Boston Phoenix "Best of" Awards Page Archived 15 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b Wolfson 2005
  7. ^ U.S. Department of Labor (9 March 2004). "Anna's Taqueria Restaurants to Pay Employees Nearly $207,000 in Back Wages Following Labor Department Investigation". Boston, MA: DoL Wage and Hour Division. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 

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