Hours: Lunch & Dinner. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ask any chef in Charleston where they go for authentic Mexican food in town and the answer is La Norteña. Hailing from the central region of Jalisco, the western-Pacific area in Mexico, the specialties here include numerous seafood dishes, including octopus ceviche, whole fried tilapia, shrimp veracruzano, and five house-made salsas and hot sauces brought to your table when you first sit down. Other recommended authentic items not to be found at your Americanized joints are Menudo, a honeycomb tripe soup, tortas, tacos callejeros (street tacos served on corn tortillas with cilantro, onion, and a lime on the side), and a variety of offal meats including lengua (beef tongue) and cabeza (beef cheek). Favorites also include the Barbacoa and the al Pastor tacos with the house margarita, making this a worthy trip to North Charleston for the real gustatory experience. —Katherine Connor (Dish, Summer 2018)
A fine Mexican feast in a very authentic fashion.