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La Tarasca in Centralia. What to order there?

I have read so many reviews about this little gem in Centralia. My mom and I are going to visit the restaurant this week, my question is what to order? I love pozole, and I hear it is great. What are the best bets?

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  1. Ooh, ooh, get the adobada tacos. They will rock your world. And the beans! My god, the beans! Sayeth one of the fine ladies of La Tarasca, "you can't have good beans without lard!" I had no idea refried beans could be that good. Really.

    And it's worth the food coma to finish the flan. This is no texmex restaurant flan. Mom in the back really knows how to make a nice caramel.

    1. With all due respect, this place is way overrated, and a bit pricey for what it is. I'd read all the raves and had to check it out...my two dining friends agreed...just average food, high prices. I'm a Texan with extensive travel experience in Mexico with a great amount of time spent in Tarascan territory in Michoacan. Your mileage may vary, but I would never go back, not worth the time, nor money. Sorry to rain on this parade...We had a variety of dishes and all were pretty mediocre.

      1. I don't drive between Portland and Seattle without eating a plate of carnitas at La Tarasca.

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        1. re: terrier

          Ditto on terrier's rec. Their homemade corn tortillas are the best I've ever tasted. Prices are not out of line, given the quality of the food.

        2. Has anyone tried the pozole? I think I read somewhere it is supposed to be pretty amazing too. Or, what about the tamales?

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          1. re: kgreig

            I wasn't a huge fan of the tamales there.
            I'd stick with the carnitas or the other stewed meat kind of dishes.

          2. I tried the Chile Colorado and Chile Verde, and some carnitas too. The ingredients were very fresh and the tortillas were very nice. Although we got the gringo spice tone-down treatment, I believe - despite our pleas to make it spicy.

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            1. re: HungWeiLo

              I will have to try La Tarasca sometime. My Special Lady Friend and I stop in Centralia every time we go to Portland to eat at Taqueria El Rey. They used to serve right out of a giant Greyhound bus but they have recently moved into the building right next store. You will know it by the giant painting of said bus that is now on the building.

              Don't expect fine dining here, just really good taco's for a quick snack on your way down or back. I tried the Sopes a few weeks ago, great stuff here if you don't feel like spending a lot of time eating.

              1. re: plutch

                Another good taco truck is the one in the gas station off the Old Nisqually exit. I've only eaten there once, and have failed to catch them since during their open hours (they close on Sundays, I think)