Tienda Mexicana

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I’ve always had great experiences at restaurants operating out of abandoned gas stations.

We haven’t been able to find any taqueria-style mexican eateries since coming to Tallahassee. That changed today.  Tienda Mexicana has been serving lunch at the corner of Blountstown Highway and Capital Circle SW for about three months. It’s probably one of the best kept secrets in town, known only to latinos, construction workers on the Cap, and a growing cadre of hungry college students. 

Don't be afraid.

Don’t be afraid.

To say the building is nondescript isn’t doing the word justice. The woman running the place, Eva, said they’ve been working to get signage up but it’s been raining too much lately. Neon sign holdovers in the windows allude to a convenience mart, but don’t be fooled: they serve food! The menu is fantastic. The corn tortilla shells are hand made as are the tamales, which is no small feat.

Always trust a restaurant when their menu is on a white board.

The Friday menu.

Tacos with rice and beans.

Tacos with rice and beans.

I got the 3 Tacos Special. Taqueria style tacos generally include just onion and cilantro with lime on the side, but Tienda Mexicana also offered tomato and lettuce for gringos. Besides chorizo and al pastor, I got tongue on one of the three tacos. All three were delicious. On a not-so-hot day, I would have gone for menudo or caldo de rez, two traditional Mexican soups. Eva said they make tamales fresh on Saturday and another weekday. She said they always run out, which you’ll know to be true if you’ve ever had homemade tamales that only cost $1.50.

Las cocineras

Las cocineras

The cooks were happy to see I licked my plate clean. Eva and the girls are definitely working an under-served market. I believe they are just open for lunch but she said they were considering a breakfast buffet Saturday mornings. They’re on Yelp! and Urbanspoon, so make sure to write a review when you go!

Tienda Mexicana and Taqueria on Urbanspoon

4 responses to “Tienda Mexicana

  1. What a find Abe, and I can’t wait to give them a try.

  2. went there for the first time and tried their carnitas huarache… worth the drive across town. as a Cali native where authentic mexican is within reach at ever corner, i’m very pleased.

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