For a long time I had a love-hate relationship with tamales. That is, I wanted to love them but so often was disappointed: too dry or too flavorless or both. Then, two years ago, more or less on a whim during my review visits, I tried the tamales at Taqueria la Pasadita.
Pasadita's pork tamales were outstanding. They still are. The corn masa is moist and flavorful -- not merely the sweetness of corn but with an undercurrent of chile heat. The pork is tender, with a stronger chile flavor. For added punch, squeeze some of the restaurant's red salsa over them.
Best of all, when I reviewed Taqueria la Pasadita in 2008, tamales were available only on the weekend. Now, they are part of the regular menu.
Taqueria la Pasadita
2336 Woodson Road, Overland
I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
#63: Ćevapi at Bosna Gold
#64: Lemon meringue and pine nut torte at BitterSweet Bakery
#65: Chile Morita con Puerco at Señor Pique
#66: Soda chanh duong (sparkling lemonade) at Lemon Grass
#67: Nachos grande at Nachomama's
#68: Pizza with pepperoni, sausage and mushroom at Pizza-a-Go-Go
#69: Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza
#70: Sake (salmon) nigiri sushi at Nobu's Japanese Restaurant
#71: Massaman curry at Simply Thai
#72: The lunch buffet at Mayuri
#73: Fried chicken (spicy) at Porter's Fried Chicken
#74: Arancini at Lorenzo's Trattoria
#75: Meat shawarma at The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market
#76: The South Side Smoke at sandwich at Stellina Pasta Café
#77: Falafel at Kabob House
#78: A slice with pepperoni at Feraro's Jersey-Style Pizza
#79: Birria at Pueblo Nuevo
#80: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi
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