Review + Slideshow: Taqueria la Monarca, Amigo Joe's and Latitude 26°

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JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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My review of three new Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants -- Taqueria la Monarca in University City, Amigo Joe's on Southwest Avenue and Latitude 26° in Dogtown -- is now available online. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg takes you into the kitchen of Taqueria la Monarca, where you can see such delicious dishes as the tamales (pictured right) being made.
The friendly 24 year old, Jose Coronel, seems to be the man-in-charge in this family owned Taqueria.  See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The friendly 24 year old, Jose Coronel, seems to be the man-in-charge in this family owned Taqueria. See photo slide show here.

Jose in the kitchen with Vivian Acatecas. Menudo is stewing on the stovetop. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • Jose in the kitchen with Vivian Acatecas. Menudo is stewing on the stovetop. See photo slide show here.
Close-up of the menudo, which is a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • Close-up of the menudo, which is a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe. See photo slide show here.



Deep fried tortillas. These tortillas were being prepared for an order of sopes de carne. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • Deep fried tortillas. These tortillas were being prepared for an order of sopes de carne. See photo slide show here.
Jose chopping piles of cilantro, preparing for the days customers. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The sopes de carne, in this case, pollo, or chicken, was the meat of choice. The fried tortillas are topped with beans, lettuce, chicken, cilantro, onions, cheese and sour cream. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The sopes de carne, in this case, pollo, or chicken, was the meat of choice. The fried tortillas are topped with beans, lettuce, chicken, cilantro, onions, cheese and sour cream. See photo slide show here.
The fabulous Mexican rice drink, aguas de horchata. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG



Tamales. Three pork tamales, served with rice and cheese-topped beans. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • Tamales. Three pork tamales, served with rice and cheese-topped beans. See photo slide show here.
The beloved Mexican favorite, plato de menudo. Which is served with tortillas, cilantro and onions. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The beloved Mexican favorite, plato de menudo. Which is served with tortillas, cilantro and onions. See photo slide show here.
Shrimp cocktail, or cóctel de camarón, as always, served with saltines. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Shrimp cocktail, or cóctel de camarón, as always, served with saltines. See photo slide show here.
Jose in the kitchen with his sister, Jessica, in the front of the house making sure everything is running smoothly. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Jose in the kitchen with his sister, Jessica, in the front of the house making sure everything is running smoothly. See photo slide show here.



The Coronel Coss family, Jessica, Jose, mother, Irma and father, Francisco. Irma and Francisco, along with their children, emigrated to the U.S. in 1998 from Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán, Mexico. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • The Coronel Coss family, Jessica, Jose, mother, Irma and father, Francisco. Irma and Francisco, along with their children, emigrated to the U.S. in 1998 from Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán, Mexico. See photo slide show here.
The adjoining market, or tienda, offers a fairly common (to a Mexican Market, that is) array of items. Piñatas, canned goods, brooms, etc. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • The adjoining market, or tienda, offers a fairly common (to a Mexican Market, that is) array of items. Piñatas, canned goods, brooms, etc. See photo slide show here.
Personal favorite, the row of canned beans and cowboy boots! See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The essential pile of Stetsons and blankets. Any good charro, or cowboy, would be happy to see this.See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • The essential pile of Stetsons and blankets. Any good charro, or cowboy, would be happy to see this.See photo slide show here.



More goods. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Prayer candles for every cause and concern. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Jose, out of the kitchen and manning the registers in the store. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Irma behind the counter in the tienda half of the building. See photo slide show here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG