Friday, December 23, 2011

Top Ten Dishes 2011 #9: Carnitas at La Tejana Taqueria

Posted By on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.

click to enlarge Tony and Brenda Garcia, husband-and-wife owners of La Tejana Taqueria - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Tony and Brenda Garcia, husband-and-wife owners of La Tejana Taqueria
If you can visit this charmingly shabby taqueria/liquor store/cowboy-boot emporium only once, make sure it's on a weekend, when the kitchen makes carnitas. That La Tejana treats as a special what many Mexican restaurants serve daily should signal the seriousness of its intent. This is rendered pig at its finest -- the most flavorful carnitas I've had in St. Louis. The exterior is walnut-brown and crisp, the interior fork-tender. The flavor is exactly what you would expect from pork simmered for hours in its own copious fat: a touch sweet, a touch funky, most of all piggy.

- from "Home Is Where the Taqueria Is" January 20, 2011

La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Overland; 314-291-8500)

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