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Monrovia's Best Taco: Enrique's Cochinita Pibil

Our lunch eating expert explains why the marinated pork taco at Enrique's is his absolute favorite.

Being born and raised in Southern California exposes you to a taco or two, and I've devoured thousands in my lifetime. So in this first column about the best lunch dishes in Monrovia, the taco was a natural starting point.

I grew up in Pomona and developed a deep and abiding love for Mexican food (shout out to Los Jarritos II!). I must admit I wasn't impressed with the taco selection when I first arrived in Monrovia more than a year ago. That is, until I tried the Cochinita Pibil taco at .

Also called the Taco de Cochinita on the menu, this taco is loaded with tender, marinated pork and topped with pickled onions. I usually drench tacos in as much salsa as the tortillas will hold, but the flavorful pork in the Cochinita is already stewed in a deliciously salty Yucatan-style sauce and can stand alone.

The tacos are small so I recommend ordering at least four, and their other options are all quite good too. My vegetarian brother recommends the potato taco--potatoes with poblano chilies, mexican cheese, guacamole and pickled onions--and I always get at least one of those as well.

See you on Taco Tuesday!

Dish: Cochinita Pibil taco

Price: $1.50 for small taco (99 cents on Taco Tuesday)

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Erin Thorn January 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I've lived in Monrovia since 1988 and have not been impressed with the tacos either. Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely try Enrique's.
Patrick Lee January 28, 2012 at 01:41 AM
If you try Enrique's, please be sure to post your review here: http://monrovia.patch.com/listings/enriques-mexican-cuisine
jake January 28, 2012 at 02:52 AM
average tacos
Nathan McIntire (Editor) January 28, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Average huh? What's better?
Jill Ramirez January 28, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Personally I like the tacos at Sena on Myrtle. The pulled pork ones are good, but the fish tacos are the best I have had in the SGV.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) January 28, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Jill, I totally agree. I thought of Sena's pulled pork when writing this and they're right up there. Will have to try the fish (I'm a big fan of Baja Mar's)
Danielle Corona January 28, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Baja Mar! On Foothill...
R Terry January 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Yeah, Baja Mar...how can you beat 99 cents special tacos everyday. The fish are very good Wednesday and Sunday but the shrimp on Saturday are even better...and 99 cents! Atmosphere...not so much.
Ron January 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Rigo's on Foothill hands down! Enrique's, not even average....

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