From housemade tortillas to soup bobbing with savory meatballs, there’s plenty to love at Tortilleria Perches in Springfield, Missouri. Since opening in 2005, the family-run restaurant has earned a top-shelf spot within Springfield’s tightly packed Mexican-food scene. Fans were excited when mother-and-son team Maria and Jesus Perches unveiled an expansion in February. The remodel boosted seating to 117 and allowed them to expand the menu and install a stand-alone bar, plus a selection of tequila and mezcal.

With family connections in Durango and Chihuahua, Mexico, the Perches pride themselves on serving authentic Mexican cuisine including chilaquiles, flautas, tamales and tacos, which come filled with your choice of meat: shredded beef or chicken with the flautas, pork or chicken with the tamales and a wider selection (including beef tongue, beef cheek, seasoned beef, ground beef or fish) with the other dishes. “A lot of what is on our menu is what we had growing up,” Jesus says.

Soups, crafted under Maria’s watchful eye, change daily and are loaded with flavorful ingredients, tender meats and spoonfuls of hominy. One of Jesus’ favorite childhood dishes is the chicos tacos: five deep-fried rolled taquitos drowned in a rich tomato and red chile sauce.

Tortilleria Perches, 1601 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, Missouri,

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