Larry J. Cano, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize guacamole, fajitas and margaritas with the U.S. masses, has died at age 90.Find an appetite, and fill it;
.... Cano, who served as a fighter pilot during World War II, took over a closed-down Polynesian restaurant in Los Angeles in 1954 and turned it into the first El Torito.
He served a mild version of Mexican food that was friendly to mid-century American tastes at a time when there was a burgeoning hunger for the cuisine. Cano said a more authentic cuisine might have scared off many American diners when he was starting out.
"You have to do what you have to do," he told the OC Weekly newspaper in 2011. "It would be ridiculous to have spicy food for the first time someone tries Mexican food and kill them."RIP (burp).