At Tortilleria El Patron, Juárez, Mexico, natives Jose and Carmen Morales use family recipes to produce hundreds of flour and corn tortillas for restaurants and home cooks in Columbia, Missouri.

Last year, the couple began renting the empty shop next door to their tortillería and opened a small restaurant where they cook family favorites, including tacos de lengua (cow tongue), burritos and, on select Saturdays, tamales.

Pair your meal with housemade horchata, pineapple and coconut sweetwater or a Mangoneada – frozen mango blended with Tajín, lime juice and chile powder finished with a tamarind straw. Dine in or grab a carry-out order Tuesday through Sunday.

Tortilleria El Patron, 711-H Vandiver Drive, Columbia, Missouri, 573.607.9127,

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Jessica is a freelance writer based in Columbia, Missouri. She lives by the words of M.F.K. Fisher: "First we eat, then we do everything else."

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