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Restaurant Road Trip: Garcia's Latin Market

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Our latest stop on the Restaurant Road Trip is another unique spot in Morgantown.

Garcia's Latin Market began as a store for hard to find ingredients but when they started cooking tacos at local farmers markets, hungry fans demanded more.

The market moved into a larger location on High Street a few months ago to offer the best of both worlds; Latin products and their popular tacos.

"Our food that we cook is passed down from generations so its just been family recipes and friend recipes," said owner Jennifer Garcia. She runs the store with her parents, Ralph and Amy Garcia.

The Garcia's regularly host international students from West Virginia University and incorporate their favorite foods too.

"Mexican food, Venezuelan, Columbian," Jennifer said. "Anything Latin we try to put in a taco."

The specials and menu staples keep customers like Arthur Otieno coming back.

"I have my favorite bean and potato but every time I come in here they have something new," Otieno said.

When we visit, the special is a Texas chopped brisket taco. Like most of the meat, it is cooked for hours in a family recipe of spices.

"Then we'll slow cook it and obviously that takes a while because we want all the flavors and all the ingredients to go ahead and soak up in there," Ralph Garcia explained in the kitchen. When he takes the brisket out of the slow cooker, the meat falls apart.

For the Garcias, everything from the tortillas to the salsa should taste like it's homemade.

Amy Garcia uses a molcajete to hand grind fresh onions, avocados, and spices into guacamole.

"It's been in my family for over 30 years," Garcia said of her molcajete. "This is authentic."

The method takes some elbow grease, but the taste is worth it. The fresh flavors are apparent in every bite.

Another flavor you won't find anywhere other than Garcia's is homemade tamarind juice.

"A lot of people say it reminds them of apple cider," Ralph Garcia said.

There are other unique drinks to choose from.

"It's the only place that has Fanta in the glass bottle," Otieno said.

You can find Garcia's Latin Market on 143 High Street Morgantown, near the Warner Theater, or like them on Facebook for more information.