Iowa’s “border towns” see visitors, travelers, and tourists by the truckload everyday of the year. Lamoni is positioned right smack-dab in south-central Iowa and welcomes traffic coming in from Missouri every moment of the day. What more travelers need to know is that a short drive into Lamoni is a family owned establishment that serves up Decatur County’s Mexican fare and welcomes you like the friend they’ve always enjoyed cooking for. Let’s take in La Cocina Real!
We were touring through Decatur County when we stumbled upon La Cocina Real. Lamoni’s Welcome Center and Amish Country Store, Graceland University’s campus, and historic pioneer exhibits were at the top of our to do list. Then we saw the red building from a far and realized our duty to the taco was calling.
The tacos were great, but what made our day was La Cocina Real’s hot salsa. The owner saw me reaching for the bottle of hot sauce and said…”You like spicy…I have something for you.” A few moments later, Monie and JayJay were devouring somoe of the best salsa we’ve had on this tour. Truly one of the best slow burns I’ve ever experienced anywhere.
We’ve got miles and miles to cover before we crown a taco champion in December. Lamoni has made it to The Iowa Gallivant’s list and we hope you discover La Cocina Real very soon. The whole family has your meal waiting for you.
Be sure to read about our other taco discoveries in the communities of Albia, Bettendorf, Columbus Junction, Coralville, Davenport, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Iowa City, Kalona, Knoxville, Lamoni, Muscatine, North Liberty, Ottumwa, Solon, Storm Lake, Tama, Tipton, Toledo, Wapello, Washington, Waterloo, West Branch, West Liberty, and Winfield. One of these towns will be awarded Best Hometown Tacos in December of 2016!
Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin