The meats on those tacos were lovingly prepared by a chef who understands flavor.

What: The tacos

Where: Tacos del Valle, 68467 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $3 each

Contact: 760-424-8444;

Why: The meats are delicious.

Facebook a cesspool of misinformation and snivelers these days, but it remains good for several things—including finding out about new restaurants. Therefore, I must tip my hat to Facebook for letting me know about Tacos del Valle (someone recommended it in some group), because I may have never otherwise learned about this fantastic hole in the wall.

The hubby and I trekked to Tacos del Valle for a recent weekday lunch. The space is tiny, with just five or six small tables. The young proprietor greeted us warmly, asked us to take a seat, and offered us chips and salsa. Yes, please.

Here’s how the menu works: First, you “choose your passion.” Want tacos? A burrito? A torta? A quesadilla? Loaded nachos or fries? Or a traditional plate? Second, you pick among a dozen different meats, including standards (carne asada, pollo, carnitas, etc.) and some harder-to-find meats (suadero, buche … yeah, I had to look up what they were). I ordered three tacos (carne asada, al pastor and carnitas; they were out of the pollo), while the hubby got a barbacoa burrito.

Everything was excellent, due to one thing: The meats were across-the-board delicious. I was actually most impressed by the carne asada. It can be difficult to infuse beef with flavor (I say this based on the amount of shockingly bland beef I encounter at restaurants), but they certainly succeeded at Tacos del Valle.

The next time you’re craving tasty Mexican fare, I recommend you head to the little shopping center at the southwestern corner of Highway 111 and Cathedral Canyon Drive, and look for the little restaurant literally tucked into the corner. The service is friendly—and thanks to the delicious meats, the food is splendid.

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...