Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

Photo by Laurie Skrivan (Post-Dispatch)

La Tejana Taqueria

When I first ate at La Tejana Taqueria about seven years ago, the restaurant shared its Bridgeton strip-mall storefront with a small grocery and liquor store. La Tejana Taqueria technically still shares the space, but over the years it has expanded to the point that a first-time visitor might not notice the retail component. Owners Antonio and Brenda Garcia and their staff have made sure the quality of the restaurant’s food hasn’t wavered as it has grown: The tacos are excellent (I’m especially partial to the cabeza), and both the goat soup and the weekend-only carnitas are dishes worthy of destination dining.

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2008

Must order: Goat soup (small $5.99, large $8.99)