Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

Photo by Sid Hastings

The Taco & Ice Cream Joint

With a sleek, modern entrance, the Taco & Ice Cream Joint announces itself as a bold addition to Cherokee Street’s taqueria row. The interior showcases housemade ice cream and paletas in myriad flavors (and toppings sweet, salty and spicy). The frozen treats are tempting, but the heart of the Taco & Ice Cream Joint is its classic taqueria fare, especially pork (al pastor, carnitas, cochinita pibil) and beef (barbacoa, cabeza) tacos dressed as you like at the toppings-and-salsa bar. The Rico family won fans for their taco stand at El Morelia Supermercado in Bridgeton; here they show the full range of their talents.

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily

Last year's ranking: New this year

Opened: 2017

Must order: Cochinita pibil taco ($3.50)