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St. Louis Mexican

Gabriel Solis | Mar 30, 200002:05 PM


St. Louis Chowhounds. If you haven't yet eaten at the Taqueria Azteca on Cherokee, run, don't walk, there as soon as possible. I was glad to see that the RFT finally ran a review of this (and the other new Mexican places on the block) recently, but they missed a few things (this was a review written by someone who doesn't really know anything about Mexican food, as far as I could tell): Most importantly, the best stuff is not on the menu. DOn't get me wrong, the stuff on the menu--tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas--is all superior. The tortas in particular are nice, since the bread is really fresh, baked at the panaderia next door, as far as I can tell. But they make specials every day, and perhaps it's because I'm anglo, but I have to ask before they'll tell me what they are serving. If they have it, get the Pozole. I had it recently and it was perfect. The broth was rich and had a nice hint of chili without being hot; the hominy was fresh--not canned, that is; best of all there were nice big hunks of meaty pork neck bone to gnaw on. Also, get them to make you Sopes (I think the carne asada is the best, though the al pastor is pretty good, and if they ever get a supplier, I would die to have some with tongue). They're not on the menu, and, unlike a lot of places, they don't make the masa cakes up ahead of time. THat way when you order them they get patted out by hand to order and fried up right before they serve them. They are crisp and meaty, just as perfect as can be.

Of course, the best thing is that, like many small, family owned places, the people there are really great. The waitress speaks a little broken english, and we speak a little broken Spanish, and together we usually get what we want.



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