Chile morita con puerco at Señor Pique
Señor Pique might look like just another Mexican restaurant slinging chips and salsa and margaritas to the west county masses -- and, yes, you can get all three of those items here -- but the menu offers dishes I've encountered nowhere else in St. Louis. My favorite of these is the
As the deep, brick-red color of this sauce might suggest, the morita chile is very hot. It has the smoky flavor of chipotle -- indeed, you will often see it advertised as a chipotle morita or something similar -- with a slightly fruity note. It pairs beautifully with hunks of pork tenderloin. Eat it as is or fold it into corn tortillas (provided with the meal) to make a taco. Either way, it's likely to sear even the most jaded palates.