Often hidden in plain sight, small family-run tiendas provide a connection to home for the Hispanic populations of St. Louis with a selection of kitchen staples, baked goods, produce, cuts of meat, and sometimes a taqueria with a menu of traditional Central and South American dishes and street food.

From tacos to soups to whole roasted fish, taqueria offerings rival the flavors and diversity of dishes from much larger (and better-equipped) restaurants. Indeed, it is not uncommon for the tienda that few know about to become the taqueria that everyone is talking about almost overnight.

Don Carlos (at Carniceria Latino Americana)

La Morena Mexican Grocery Store

Malintzi Mexican Grocery

Tienda El Ranchito

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