Tacos – Mission Taco Joint

If you ask around about the best tacos in town, chances are you’ll be directed to Cherokee Street. That’s a safe bet, but if your taco tour guides leave out Mission Taco Joint, you should fire them. For three years, Adam and Jason Tilford have been serving up some of the town’s most authentic Mexican style street food, such as tortas, burritos and street corn. Don’t let their gringo-sounding last name fool you: The Tilford brothers honed their south-of-the-border chops first at Tortillaria in the Central West End and then at Webster Grove’s upscale Milagro Modern Mexican. Mission is a low-key good time, but the impeccably cooked fillings and fresh garnishes here make these simple tacos stand above the rest. Succulent beef brisket birria, spicy housemade chorizo or fish tacos as fresh as a Baja breeze are stuffed into handmade corn tortillas and finished with traditional accouterments. It’s as real-deal as you’ll find at a Cherokee Street storefront — maybe even more so. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.