Third, Fourth, and Fifth Visits to Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

BBQ Shrimp Tacos from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar
BBQ Shrimp Tacos- one of my FAVORITE tacos from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

*DISCLAIMER*: I do no see monetary benefits from neither the owner of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, nor the chefs, wait-staff or restaurant. I am just a humble Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her Pittsburgh adventure. Photos captured with an iPhone 5s; photos were edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

If you haven’t read my first review of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, please do: First Review. The first review contains one of my FAVORITE tacos from Sirena: the Pork Carnitas tacos! Plus, you will learn about the owner of Sirena (the former owner of Dozen, a LEGENDARY cupcake & bakeshop in Pittsburgh) and the Executive Chef (Former Executive Chef of Nine on Nine).

I visited Sirena Taco Joint & Bar for the third time in February 2015, with one of my college buddies. Since the weather was cold and snowy, we were one of the few customers in attendance, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the kindness of our waiter, the fun, vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant, and the wonderful food of the chefs!

Pictured above was my meal of the day: BBQ shrimp tacos; these were INCREDIBLE! I’m not usually one for fish tacos, but between the shrimp, BBQ sauce and the crunch fritos, I was in taco HEAVEN! My second favorite taco from Sirena Taco Joint!

Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake from Sirena Taco Joint- a chocoholic’s DREAM!

Of course, I HAD to get dessert! Thus, I chose the Chocolate Lava Cake, with a academia nut crumble, strawberries, whipped cream and Nutella ice cream! 😀

Nutella Ice Cream
Two scoops of Nutella ice cream! As Bourdain would say: “BEAUTIFUL”!

I was in dessert HEAVEN! The Lava cake honestly tasted like you were eating fudge, and the Nutella ice cream really DID taste like you were eating Nutella! Soooooooooooo good; after this dinner, I was “head over heels” for this dessert!

Sirena Taco Joint & Bar's Menu, Part One
Sirena recently changed the menu to individual taco orders. I love that idea!

The individual taco menu (plus starters, combos, sides and desserts), part one!

Sirena Taco Joint & Bar's Menu, Part Two
Sirena’s Menu, Part Two!
House Margarita
House Margarita from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar = YUM!

When I arrived for my third visit, I FINALLY decided to order a house margarita from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar! I must say, this was one of the best margaritas I’ve EVER had!

Chips and Salsa
Chips and Salsa from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

My friend and I decided to order chips and salsa as a starter. The chips were some of the best chips I’ve ever had (La Palapa still makes the best chips), and the salsa had a WONDERFUL heat to it!

Guacamole and Chips
For both the third and fourth visits, I ordered the guacamole & chips. It was okay during the third visit, but OUTSTANDING during the fourth!
Jerk Chicken & Roasted Lamb Chili Verde tacos
Third visit tacos: Jerk Chicken (left) and Roasted Lamb Chili Verde (right).

Third Visit tacos: Jerk Chicken (left) and Roasted Lamb Chili Verde (right). Even though the Jerk Chicken taco was good, the Roasted Lamb taco TOTALLY rocked my world, and is now one of my top three favorite tacos at Sirena Taco Joint! I could tell that the lamb was grilled and roasted very well. Plus, I LOVE chili Verde!

Jerk Chicken Taco
Close-up of the Jerk Chicken Taco, with rice & beans, from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar
Roasted Lamb Chili Verde Taco
“You rock my world, you know you did”! 😉
Tacos
Another angle of my third visit tacos from Sirena!
Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream
The Chocolate Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream was so good the first time, I had to order it again! 😉

I was luckily enough to have a “Girls’ Night Out” for my fourth visit, with Tasha of The Food Tasters, Terri of Parmesan Princess, and Amy of Running Om Green. A girls’ night out would not be complete without some Cosmopolitan (a little nod to one of my favorite T.V. shows, Sex & The City):

Sirena Cosmopolitan
Sirena’s Cosmopolitan! My first Cosmopolitan ever; this was soooo good (and only $8)! 😀
Sirena Cosmopolitan
Second angle of the Sirena Cosmopolitan! 😉
Tex-Mex Meal
Amy of Running Om Green’s Meal: Chipotle Sweet Potato soup, a Citrus Mahi taco and rice & beans!

Amy’s meal looked sooooooooooo good! Next time I visit Sirena, I will have to order a Citrus Mahi Taco! Also, the Chipotle Sweet Potato sound smelled AMAZING!

Citrus Mahi Taco from Sirena
Close-up of the Citrus Mahi taco!
Sweet Potato Soup
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar!
Paella
Terri’s Meal: Sirena Paella!

I’m not sure how I missed Tasha’s meal, but there’s what she ordered: empanada, BBQ short rib taco (which looked REALLY good! I will also have to order this next time) and a citrus mahi taco!

Tacos
My dinner: a Pork Bulgogi taco (left), a Carne Asasa taco (right) and rice & beans!

The carne asada taco was great, but I particularly LOVED the pork bulgogi taco! I am a HUGE pork fan- add in apple fennel, cheese and mixed greens, and we have a winner! 😉

Lemon Mascarpone Cake
Terri’s dessert: Lemon Mascarpone cake!

Of course, all of the food bloggers had to order dessert! 😉 Terri chose a lemon mascarpone cake! This was so good! Very lemon-y, and you could really taste the mascarpone (which I LOVE)!

Reese's Pie
Tasha’s dessert: Reese’s Pie!

Tasha ordered the Reese’s Pie! Terri, Amy and I all tried a bite- MAN, was this good! So much better than the first time I had this dessert in December!

Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream
The return of the Chocolate Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream

I think I’m in love….here’s the dessert that Amy & I shared! ❤

Whether you live either in the South Hills, the East Side, or a different state, Sirena Taco Joint & Bar is DEFINITELY worth the trip!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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Lunch at La Palapa in the South Side

Mexican Restaurant in the South Side of Pittsburgh
La Palapa’s dining room in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side neighborhood
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from La Palapa. I’m just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures. Pictures were captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. 

For my Mom’s birthday, I decided to treat her for lunch at La Palapa, in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side neighborhood. We’ve both been to La Palapa’s food stall at the Pittsburgh Public Market, and absolutely LOVED it! We’ve been wanting to dine at the South Side location, and my Mom’s birthday presented the perfect opportunity.

La Palapa's entrance from the inside
La Palapa’s entrance (from the inside)
I loved the intimate space of La Palapa! Lots of warm and fuzzy feelings about this space! There was Mexican and Spanish music jamming on the radio. Also, the waiter and host was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and friendly!

Chips and Salsa
Chips and Green salsa from La Palapa! Best chips EVER, and the salsa verde was INCREDIBLE!
Our shared appetizer: homemade tortilla chips and salsa verde! Let me tell you, these were the best Mexican tortilla chips in the ‘burgh! I swear- you will not find better chips then at La Palapa! Also, the green salsa was INCREDIBLE! A great way to start our Mexican lunch adventure!

Cheese Enchiladas
The best cheese enchiladas I’ve EVER had (cover in green sauce, of course), with pinto beans and white rice!
My main course: cheese enchiladas with salsa verde, pinto beans and white rice. THE best Cheese Enchiladas I’ve EVER had! I swear, the green salsa added to the fabulous-ness of the dish! Plus, the pinto beans and white rice were AMAZING!

Even though my tummy was full when our waiter asked us about dessert, I happily said: “YES! What are you offering for dessert”? Luckily, he told me about the “off-menu, super secret dessert of the day”, that I was secretly hoping that he would mention:

Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate
The “super secret, off-menu dessert”: Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate!
Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate! Ever since I sampled Churros in one of my Middle School Spanish classes, they have been one of my favorite desserts! Whether eaten alone, or dipped in the Mexican Hot Chocolate, they were HEAVENLY! I applaud you, and love you, La Palapa!

Close up of the Churros
Close-up of the Churros
Glamor shot of the Churros!

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican Hot Chocolate = Absolutely FABULOUS!
This Mexican Hot Chocolate was soooooooooooooo good! I loved that it had a kick to it (our waiter said that cinnamon is normally added for a special touch). Perfect on the chilly day that we attended lunch!

So there you have it, folks! If you want the most authentic Mexican food in Pittsburgh, you MUST dine at La Palapa in the South Side. Conveniently, there’s a little lot (with a metered box) across the street from the restaurant. Thus, there’s no excuse! Whether you either live in Pittsburgh or are visiting, you need to go there!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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