Wednesday, March 9, 2011

#16: Carnitas at La Tejana Taqueria

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Tony and Brenda Garcia, husband and wife co-owners of La Tejana. Let's pretend one of them is eating the carnitas plate. - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Tony and Brenda Garcia, husband and wife co-owners of La Tejana. Let's pretend one of them is eating the carnitas plate.
La Tejana Taqueria has been serving tacos, tortas and more for three years now. To my regret, I didn't visit the restaurant until this year.

If you can visit here only once, it should be on the 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. The carnitas is fantastic, the most flavorful I've had in St. Louis, the exterior walnut brown and crisp, the interior fork tender. The flavor is exactly what you would expect from pork simmered for hours in its own lard: a touch sweet, a touch funky, mostly piggy.

Order the carnitas as a plate, and you receive a stack of corn tortillas in which to wrap the meat, and, if you want an extra kick of flavor, some of the restaurant's fiery red or more mild green salsa.

(from "Taco the Town" - January 20, 2011)

La Tejana Taqueria
3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard
314-291-8500
$8.99

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.

Previously:

#17: Benne's Farm half chicken at Five Bistro
#18: Dátiles rellenos at Modesto
#19: Hot-and-sour noodles at Joy Luck Buffet
#20: Lamb vindaloo at India Palace

#21: Channa masala at Raj's Rasoi
#22: The blueberry scone at La Dolce Via
#23: Gang kua ped yang at Addie's Thai House
#24: Bánh xèo at Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet
#25: Mojarra dorada at Garduño's Mexican Food
#26: "It" at Mammer Jammer
#27: Two eggs over-easy, bacon and hash browns at the Courtesy Diner
#28: Seafood at Farmhaus
#29: The "Edgar Allan Poe" at Dewey's Pizza
#30: The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a chocolate malt at Crown Candy Kitchen

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