Superstar chef José Andrés is going back to college and will open a restaurant on the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The chef, who already straddles the two very disparate worlds of humanitarianism and crisis management with his World Central Kitchen and the high-end world of fine dining, has perhaps found a middle ground with the opening of his Butterfly Tacos y Tortas eatery on the Homewood campus.
Even college students and staff deserve to eat well and Andres is showing his knack for getting into areas where superstar chefs usually don’t go.
From the end of this month, students and staff, but also the general public will be served a menu that includes options like tacos hongos, with marinated grilled mushrooms and guacamole, and sandwiches, or tortas, like one stuffed with chicken Milanese and black beans. The eatery will also offer salads and a variety of grab-and-go options.
The restaurant is Andrés’ fast-casual version of his full-service restaurant Oyamel in Washington and a similar outlet already exists at the Washington soccer stadium. This is the first university location for Butterfly but Andres’ ThinkGroup already runs two campus outlets.