2016 Taco Tour · Iowa Food · Northwest Iowa

Hecho En Iowa-A Search for the Best Hometown Tacos: Locale 13, Storm Lake

La Juan
La Juanita Taqueria is pouring out its tacos to its proud Storm Lake followers and travelers alike. And Team Goodvin couldn’t be happier to take part! 613 Lake Avenue North

Storm Lake, IA: Buena Vista County

There’s the lake, the waterpark, the resort, and all the great things that draw thousands of visitors to Storm Lake every year. We came for all of those. Storm Lake is loaded with can’t miss recreation, historic homes, museums, and a picturesque campus at the local university. Storm Lake also has a….LEGENDARY taqueria and there was no way we weren’t putting La Juanita’s in the running for Iowa’s best tacos.

Those are the real deal. When we say authentic we mean it. And so does La Juanita’s!

What is Iowa food? Well, you’re looking at it, if you ask me. La Juanita isn’t a loaded-with-cheddar, drown-it-in-sour-cream, and microwave-it-to-order restaurant. They use family recipes and fresh ingredients to showcase a truly authentic style. Above are pickled carrots and an ice cold grapefruit soda. On the bottom are four delicious tacos. Chorizo (Mexican Sausage), Buche (Pork Belly), Lengua (Beef Tongue) and Tripas (Beef Tripe). The four horseman of my favorite tacos. If you love fatty roast pork…You’ll love the Buche. If you love juicy roast beef…..You’ll love the lengua. If you love spicy ground sausage…..You’ll love the Chorizo. The tripas…..Just order them and enjoy. Trust me

Charlie opted for some killer cheese enchiladas while Ray (pictured) smashed one of La Juanita’s burritos. All were excellent choices. And my tacos…on point! Storm Lake is in the running my friends. If you haven’t made plans to get out there, then what are you doing? GO!


Be sure to read about our other taco discoveries in the communities of  Albia, BettendorfColumbus JunctionCoralvilleDavenport, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Iowa CityKalona, KnoxvilleLamoni, MuscatineNorth Liberty, OttumwaSolonStorm LakeTamaTipton, Toledo, Wapello, WashingtonWaterloo, West BranchWest Liberty, and Winfield. One of these towns will be awarded Best Hometown Tacos in December of 2016!

Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin


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