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