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Bellingham's secret Mexican restaurant

puzzler | Apr 26, 2010 05:23 PM

La Gloria Market (& Taqueria) is hidden gem. It's a small (about 10 small tables) restaurant attached to a Mexican grocery store. The food is, I think, the best Mexican in Bellingham. The name means The Glory and it is. We call it Gloria's.

The menu is a marker board over the kitchen -- see attached photos below. We eat there about once a week and love the enchilada combo -- $5.99 for two enchiladas, rice and beans, your choice of meat. I usually get azada (steak) and my wife gets pollo (chicken), but there are many choices like chorizo, tongue, carnitas, etc.

The combos are all $5.99 -- see the left side of the second photo below. These are the best $5.99 meals you find.

Tacos are $1.50 each and are softshell (no Americanized crispy shells here), with any of the meats.

On the right side of the menu board are the platillos at $9.99. These are dinners served with rice, beans and 3 or 4 very tasty, warm tortillas for sopping up the wonderful sauces. I've tried the chili verde, chicken mole (both of which had fantastic sauces), carne asada, and bistec ranchero -- loved it all. I'm looking forward to trying the goat.

Menudo or Pozole are available for $8.99.

It's at 4140 Meridian on the east side, behind the carwash just north of Bakerview. It's hard to see from Meridian -- just turn in at the carwash and when you're behind the carwash you'll see it in the strip of storefronts near the north end.

Please don't tell anyone else about this place. Seriously, I've seen places like this get swamped and not be able to keep the quality. We've been enjoying this place for just over a year and have discussed whether or not to post it. It's not for everyone. If you've got to have a marguerita and crispy shell tacos, this isn't your kinda place (they do have bottled beer). I hate to use the word "authentic" but this is like a little family place you might find wandering around off the tourist trail in Mexico.

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