chef jose garces

Meet Our Taco Franchise’s Founder and Chief Culinary Officer

Buena Onda is proud to offer a menu created by our founder and Chief Culinary Officer, Chef Jose Garces. Chef Garces has built an impressive resume and is recognized as an innovator and leading culinary authority in Spanish and Latin-American food. Yet before he became a James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef, he was a second-generation Latin American boy who grew up in Chicago and was taught about Latin cooking by his grandmother, Mamita Amada. He graduated from Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts and worked in kitchens across the world, including in New York City and Spain. After moving to Philadelphia in 2001, he made a name for himself as one of the leading chefs in the nation, owning and operating more than a dozen restaurants.  

While he still owns and operates several successful full-service restaurants, he’s recently turned his attention to new endeavors. This has included everything from cookbooks to online cooking demos to enhanced home delivery options. It also includes the Buena Onda Baja Taqueria concept, which is redefining the fast-casual restaurant experience. With our Mexican food franchise, he is translating his Latin-American cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences. He’s created a menu rich with creative recipes and time-honored dishes that pair perfectly with our laid-back vibes for a truly unique taqueria experience.  

  • Our Innovative
  • Starters

    All the crowd pleasers, including guacamole, chips and salsa, smoked tuna dip, quesadillas, nachos, tortilla soup, and more.

  • Fresh Tacos

    From classic favorites to house specialties. Fresh fish, jumbo pacific shrimp, chicken ropa veija, red chile short rib, pork al pastor, or mushrooms & kale.

  • Buena Bowls

    Options include meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian.  Adobo chicken, red chile short rib, pork al pastor, mushroom & kale, or grilled shrimp.

  • "K38" Burritos

    Options include adobo chicken, red chile short rib, pork al pastor, mushroom & kale, or grilled shrimp.

  • Beverages
    Alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, including margaritas, beer, sangria, agua frescas, and sodas.
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The Garces



Chef Garces is a child of immigrants and has become a leader in the diverse hospitality industry. He has used his platform to provide actionable, ongoing assistance to the immigrant community in his hometown of Philadelphia. He co-founded The Garces Foundation in 2011, which provides essential services to the underserved in his community, including English classes, community health days, and procuring and providing food supplies to those in need through their food pantry. 

The Garces Foundation has impacted hundreds of people through its health, language, and cultural services and is only just getting started. They are excited about the future and expanding their services to reach additional people in need.   


Learn more about the culinary experienceChef Garces has created with our innovative menu.


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