Less than a year after opening in the Crossroads, Mission Taco Joint is planning its second area location.
It will take a 3,359-square-foot spot at 5060 Main St., by the new Black Dirt restaurant in the 51Main apartment building.
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Mission Taco Joint was founded in St. Louis by brothers Adam Tilford and chef Jason Tilford. It specializes in Baja-style street tacos — barbecue duck, spicy chorizo, beef brisket birria, portobello and Baja fish.
Other menu items include guacamole and chips, chicken flautas, Mexican street corn fritters, burritos, tortas and Chile-crusted fries. It also has craft cocktails and draft beer.
Jason Tilford also is currently collaborating with Kansas City chef Carlos Falcon, owner of Jarocho Pescado y Mariscos, on an octopus taco inspired by Jarocho’s Pulpo en su tinta (octopus in squid ink sauce). The "Jarocho Taco" features a squid ink tortilla with crispy Spanish octopus, lime slaw, avocado-cilantro emulsion, crema, hibiscus pickled onions, and a squid ink salsa negra for $4.50.
The Jarocho Taco will be available until late April and a portion of the proceeds will go to Don Bosco Centers, which serves senior citizens, immigrants and refugees.
The Tilford brothers have four Mission Taco Joints in the St. Louis area. They opened an area location at 409 E. 18th St., next to iTap, in August 2017.
The new south Plaza location will be their smallest, seating only 65 people in the dining room and bar, so they will have a mezzanine seating 36. It also will seat about 25 people on the patio.