Calling all nose-to-tail eaters: La Mexicana’s braised beef tongue is one of the richest yet most underrated parts of the cow. Never tried it? Prepare to be delighted by the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Priced at $2.49 each, tacos include two soft, yellow corn tortillas, garlic-braised tongue, diced onions, and a flurry of cilantro. And don’t ignore the trio of squeezy bottles at your table: Traditional Mexican hot sauce, Valentina, and a cilantro sauce are on offer (and we’re not above using all of them at once). The house-fried tortilla chips and a roasted tomato salsa laced with Ancho chili complete the dining experience. Viva La Lengua!
La Mexicana, 624 Monmouth Street, Newport, (859) 261-6112. Lunch and dinner seven days.