Restaurant exploration

For the past several years Jake and I have been using Ian Froeb’s STL 100 to broaden our knowledge of the St. Louis food scene. And well ok to make me eat something other than chicken fingers. You can find Ian’s 2017 list here. Ian is a writer for the STL Post Dispatch and complies the list each year. He gives a recommended item based off his visit to the restaurant as well.

We have tried several of the restaurants on this year’s but I thought why not start sharing  our experiences. In true Jake and Erin fashion we are keeping a spreadsheet that lists the grade that each of us gives a restaurant. Sometimes we both have the same rating and sometimes we really differ.

Last week we tried La Vallesana or “The Taco Stand” (2801 Cherokee St. 63118). It was actually a nice June night in St. Louis so we elected to sit outside on the patio. The patio is pretty big and gives you a great vantage point for people watching on Cherokee St.

We started with with guacamole and some drinks. Pacifico beer for Jake and a margarita for me. The guacamole was awesome, very fresh and chunky.


For my meal I got the taco plate and a side of rice. The tacos I chose were Chrizo, Al Pastor (pork and pineapple) and chicken. I asked for no lettuce but because this is an odd request I wasn’t mad when they came with lettuce. I as able to pick most of it off.



Jake also got the taco plate with a side of rice and refried beans.  His taco selection was beef tongue, the Al Pastor and beef cheek.

The tacos were good and the ingredients were fresh. We both gave it a B and said we would return.  I liked the atmosphere and the guacamole was really good! If you are looking for good and cheap authentic Mexican food I recommend the taco stand.

They also had a large selection of ice cream but we finished the night in true St. Louis fashion with a visit to Ted Drewes.

Happy eating!


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