So my friend and I hit up La Valentina on Broadway in Long Branch today for lunch after a trip to Home Depot.
We got the carnitas tacos 5.99 for an order of three, goat tacos 6.49 for three, a green tamal 2.00, and a red tamal for 2.00. Everything was delishus, but we both had to give the nod to the goat tacos which were just so tasty and featured large chunks of goat stewed until tender. Between the tamals we liked the red which was loaded with queso fresco, tomatoes and chilies. Very light and fluffy as only the best tamales are, and I'm sure there was a little manteca in there.
The total including tax but not tip was $17.69 for a very filling lunch for two.
While I have a number of favorites in that area, I have to say that La Valentina has become a go to for me.
PS. It helps if you speak a little Spanish to order.