Our Story

The vision for CULT Taco began at Cultura Comida y Bebida in Carmel-by-the-Sea,

where the team first shared their version

of Oaxacan inspired cuisine. Cultura quickly became a place for restaurant industry professionals and visiting chefs to commiserate over late-night street food

and spirits.  It has become a Culture of sorts.


Cult Taco brings our team's love of Mexican art and street food to downtown Monterey.  Integrating Cultura’s reputation for warm and knowledgeable service,  Cult Taco is all about the balance of innovation and hospitality - Creating a model for a more sustainable and soulful restaurant future. 

481 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA  93940 

Meet The CULT Members

Managing partner, Michael Marcy

An acclaimed restaurant manager and sommelier, Michael has worked in some of the areas most prestigious properties, including Bernardus Lodge and Post Ranch Inn.    When he is't making tacos and margaritas, he enjoys drinking rosé and surfing.

Partner, Sarah Kabat Marcy 

Mezcal guru, Oaxaca aficionado, and team inspiration, Sarah runs the daily operations at Cultura, but often stops by Cult Taco to give Michael a hard time and try to get free tacos.  Before becoming infatuated with Mezcal and Mexico, Sarah was a sommelier and restaurant manager at Post Ranch Inn.  (she will still drink wine on occasion, if coaxed)


Chef Partner, John Cox

Our  Chef Partner, John Cox is well known for his acclaimed ventures in micro-regional cuisine. In fact, he's been dubbed, " Sustainable Chef of the Future" by Discovery Channel/Visit California.   When John isn't traveling and writing, he occasionally comes to visit his friends at Cult Taco and Cultura. 

Chef Michelle Estigoy

Chef Michelle Estigoy grew up in the Central Valley and was inspired by the wide variety of culture and food that it offers.  Watching and helping her Grandma Rosa use fresh ingredients to create delicious food without written recipes planted the seeds of Michelle’s future career. Michelle gained experience at Casanova and Bicyclette in Carmel, before moving on to the highly acclaimed Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn, in Big Sur where she first worked with Cultura partners, John Cox and Sarah Kabat Marcy.   

Featured Artist, Ricardo Angeles

Cult Taco is pleased to feature the artwork of Ricardo Angeles, one of Oaxaca’s most exciting young artists. Partner, Sarah Kabat Marcy met the artist on one of her visits to Oaxaca. She was so taken with his work she invited him to use Cult Taco as a canvas for his rich imagination . Upon his arrival he commented, "I'm pleased to present my work in an area that is rich in Oaxacan blood and appreciation of the culture."


Ricardo is from a famed Oaxacan folk-artisan family, known for hand carved and distinctly painted alebrije figures from San Martin Tilcajete. Richardo followed his unique path of creating beautiful murals and street art perusing education in architecture and visual arts. This will be his first work featured in Central California.   We are excited to share Ricardo's work with our community! 

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