Made a trip last week up to Vancouver, BC, with my little brothers. Did a quick detour to Mt. Saint Helens and stopped for an early dinner at the famed (here, anyway) La Tarasca in Centralia, WA. (Full report with pictures, etc, at the link below, which also includes the Vancouver trip.)
I'm glad we stopped. Since it was my first visit, I just ordered a selection of antojitos: tamal, quesadillas, tacos. They make the tortillas to order, which is a huge plus. But all the fillings were quite tasty. They seemed to use a chicken mole for the tamal. (They were out of pork.) I especially liked the adobada, a flavorful pork stew filling.
It's a cute and clean little place. Good for families or individuals. It's right down the main street off the interstate, so easy to get to. The mother and daughter who run the place are very proud of their food. They note they're from Michoacan, but I didn't find the food especially Michoacana, except the nicely done carnitas, but everything was tasty.
I got a copy of their menu to go which was from last year and it appears their prices for entrees have each gone up a couple bucks. Most were under $9. Now most are under $12. A pretty big jump for one year, so I hope it doesn't hurt them with the locals because the next time I go up to Seattle or Vancouver, I'd like to know the place will be around.
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