There is a lengthy à la carte selection of enchiladas, burritos and the like for those who like to build their own meal. A friend ordered a single chile relleno, and we were both impressed with what arrived: The lightly battered poblano pepper had a decent kick, and the cheese oozed with intent, but the highlight was the delicious, smoky red sauce that topped the dish.

One drawback to Tower Tacos: Like most taquerias in the area, it doesn't have a liquor license. Also, the restaurant keeps taqueria hours, which means you shouldn't plan on an especially late dinner, though an early lunch or, on the weekend, a breakfast with menudo is possible.

I would be remiss not to mention the tomatillo salsa, one of two that accompanies your free chips. (The other, red-chile salsa is forgettable, as is the restaurant's guacamole.) It has the tartness of tomatillos cut with a gradual, unmistakable heat. I loved it and added it to several of my dishes.

Blanca Delatorre makes fresh corn tortillas in a wood press at Tower Tacos.
Jennifer Silverberg
Blanca Delatorre makes fresh corn tortillas in a wood press at Tower Tacos.
Salsa ingredients roast over flame.
Jennifer Silverberg
Salsa ingredients roast over flame.

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Tower Tacos

3147 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - South City

Details

Tower Tacos
Taco...$1.50
Torta...$5.50
Chori pollo...$10.45
3147 Cherokee Street; 314-256-1141.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

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Is it odd to end a review praising the free salsa? Maybe. But these little touches are often what bring me back to a place again and again long after the review is filed and I'm just another paying customer doing my part to support a slightly out-of-the-way local business.

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