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Clayton, GA. Tacos at La Jerezana

steve drucker | Oct 4, 200408:58 AM

I've been eying this small Clayton grocery for a while, waiting for the right opportunity to try.

La Jerezana is an all purpose tienda with a meat counter, grocery section, video/money changing dept and a small food stand with a couple of tables wedged in.

Saturday we tried lengua (tongue), al pastor (seasoned pork) and carnitas (pork stewed with chiles) tacos. Also available are carne asada, tripe; and shrimp soup and tortas.

The fillings were exemplary. Tongue was fresh, evenly cooked and moist (what more can you say about tongue--you either like it or not, and I do), al pastor was from fully roasted seasoned and spiced pork, and the carnitas were incredible--moist chile laden flavorful to the extreme.

Each taco was supported structurally with twin machine made fresh corn tortillas, topped with onion and cilantro, served with two salsas-a piquant fresh made tomatillo and an even more piquant red roasted pepper/chile pepper sauce.

On Sunday only they advertise barbacoa de borrego (mutton) with its consomme. I can't wait.

English not the lingua franca, but I suspect you could just write down your order and hand it to one of the two pleasant women cooking--complete with instructions for either 'para acqui' (for here) or 'para llevar' (to go), or ask one of the two proprietors at the cash register for assistance.

Who woulda thunk--the best tacos in Atlanta are 90 miles north in Clayton.

La Jerezana
128 Duvall St # D, Clayton, GA 30525
706) 782-3189

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