La Norteña is not your run-of-the-mill happy-hour hacienda. While the decor is not all that different from what you might find at a cookie-cutter Mexican joint, you won't find a Combo No. 1 through a Combo No. Whatever. La Norteña offers up far more traditional South of the Border fare. The Carnitas Enmoladas is a rich, almost chocolatey plate of tender pork. It's something that has to be tasted to be believed. (For the more timid, the Carnitas La Norteña is a worthy substitute, and it comes with all the accompaniments of the Carnitas Enmoladas, too: rice, refried beans, a salad, and tortillas.) Meanwhile, the barbacoa burrito is packed with a peppery, earthy-tasting beef concoction, while the ceviche is a tangy affair with only a hint of fishy flavor. Speaking of seafood, La Norteña also offers up both fish and shrimp tacos that are as fresh tasting as they are tasty. And you can top it all with any one of the four condiments that the wait staff brings to your table. The creamy jalapeño sauce in particular will add a smooth yet spicy kick. —Chris Haire, Dish (Summer 2012)
A fine Mexican feast in a very authentic fashion.