Good Eats: La Tinga

2014-05-15T15:35:00Z Good Eats: La Tinga The Billings Gazette

What: La Tinga, 113 N. 30th St.

What is it? This is a simple cafeteria-style Mexican restaurant that features authentic dishes created by La Tinga owner Evelyn Hammond using family recipes she brought with her from Juarez, Mexico. Her sister Alba Jeffries and her husband, Butte-native Curt Jeffries, opened a La Tinga on Bozeman’s Main Street in 2003. They have since relocated it to West Baxter Street. Hammond was helping out the Jeffries and offered to take a three-day bus trip from Mexico to Bozeman to bring dried chili peppers and other items back. On that bus trip, she met her husband, Robert, from Billings.

What makes it special? Fans who recommended the Billings La Tinga via Facebook raved about the fresh, simple ingredients. Dishes are served with fresh cilantro and onions. The special on Tuesday was a dish of zuccini, corn and chicken cooked in green salsa and served with refried beans, rice and corn tortillas. At $5.50 a plate, the special was an inexpensive, flavorful and filling lunch. The cafe’s signature dish, the La Tinga, has shredded pork in a spicy chipotle salsa.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are also open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays.

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