When Adam and Jason Tilford, the brothers behind Milagro Modern Mexican, announced plans to open a casual taco joint in The Loop, our stomachs started to rumble. The kitchen at Mission Taco Joint churns out spot-on preparations of Cali-Mex cuisine.
Tacos, burritos and tortas are at the heart of the menu, but don’t overlook La Mesa; you’ll miss the decadently crisp, spicy-sweet blue-crab-and-poblano taquitos drizzled with avocado sauce.
Tacos are layered with tender roasted duck and rich pork belly, delicate fish, earthy nopales (fresh cactus), or wood-grilled and chile-rubbed MoFu tofu. The Three Little Piggies is a massive burrito stuffed with pork shoulder, pork-belly carnitas and chorizo, which you should order smothered in roasted ancho chile sauce and melted cheese.
The tortas are a treat too. The Milanesa offers a crisp chicken breast with smashed black beans, rich Chihuahua cheese, tangy lime aïoli and a fresh cilantro-pepita pesto. Mission accomplished.
(Editor’s note: Look for Mission Taco’s bodega to open next door this spring.)
Mission Taco Joint, 6235 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.932.5430, facebook.com/missiontacojoint
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