Decaturian | Taqueria La Perlita: Decatur’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant

As someone who grew up in Mexico eating real authentic Mexican food, Decatur’s selection of Mexican restaurants has yet to impress me.

However, many friends recommended Taqueria La Perlita, and after a while, I relented and decided to give it a try.

I was surprised, to say the least, and can now say that La Perletta is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Decatur.

The restaurant itself is small. The decor is simple with a colorful Mexican rug hanging from the walls. The menu has a wide variety, offering tacos, burritos, tortas, jorditas, and quesadillas, all with the protein of your choice. In addition, there are many other dishes such as milanezas, cazueladas and fajitas.

The menu represents the diversity that Mexican food offers, and the different ways in which the same dish can be prepared. It serves traditional dishes from different regions of Mexico.

The drink menu offers traditional wall paintings of aguas, Horchata, Jamaica, Tamarindo and Naranja, along with all flavors of Jarritos.

The menu is a la carte, which prompted me to order a chicken cup, one gordetta al pastor and two tacos de asada (steak). The prices are so low that I figured the portions were small, boy was I wrong.

Now, I wouldn’t normally order anything shepherd-style, shepherd, in a new place. Even when I grew up in Mexico, my parents never let me or my brothers order a pastor anywhere. He used to say, “Not every place has a good shepherd.” The pastor is thinly sliced ​​pork that is marinated in chili and pineapple, giving it a reddish-orange color. It is traditionally cooked on a vertical rotisserie, known as “trompo” in Mexico.

My friend eventually convinced me to give it a try by saying that’s what I got every time I went to La Perlita.

To give some context, gordettas consist of a thick tortilla, made of flour or corn with an opening on one side where the filling goes. In this case, the gordita I ordered had carne al pastor, although there were plenty of options ranging from steak to beef tongue. The ham was the traditional reddish-orange and topped with thin slices of pineapple and cheese.

Food was ready in less than ten minutes, the perfect temperature to start eating right away. The gorditas were my personal favorite, the tortillas were amazing (which are hard to find in the US), and even the pastor did not disappoint.

The soup consists of fried corn tortillas with the rest of the seasoning on top. Topped with beans first, then your favorite protein with lettuce, Mexican cream, cheese, avocado and diced tomatoes on top. The perimeter of the sup has an edge to keep all the toppings in. The chicken cup was delicious, and had a homemade taste.

Another highly recommended dish is nopales. Nopales is an Opuntia cactus that is served in many traditional Mexican dishes, most of the time as a side dish. The cook removes the thorns and thorns, then cooks the nopales. La Perlita serves them stir-fried with green onions. Now these are off the menu so I had to ask about them specifically, but they make a great appetizer or side dish.

This is one of the few Mexican restaurants where I can get away with spending less than $14 and be satisfied with the quantity and quality of food I got. This Pastor Gordita was only $3.99 and was enough to be a full meal. The same could be said about the sope, which was also a great price for the portion size. La Perlita has the most authentic Mexican food I’ve tried in Decatur and at the best prices.

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