Across the street, in a building that's seen many Mexican restaurants come and go -- including a failed second location of El Noa Noa and, more recently, the short-lived El Rincon Tropical -- Tacos El Paisa has tidied up the property and added professional signage. It's been selling tacos for about two months, according to an employee who confirmed that the spot is an independent restaurant with no ties to other taquerias (or similarly named bakeries) in town.On the south end of Federal, the ramshackle Carnitas Estilo Michoacan has changed from bright green to bright blue, and a new (but already peeling) sign announcing a name change to Taqueria la Veracruzana has been slapped on over the old sign. The facade still sports familiar menu banners and a covered front porch that seems perilously close to collapsing into the street. Although the cuisine of Veracruz is considerably different than that of Michoacan, the new restaurant's Facebook page still seems to be offering carnitas by the pound and other menu items that look similar to what was on offer before the change. Let's hope the new owners have cleaned up the interior but haven't done a thing to Michoacan's amazing salsa bar.
In case that's gone, too, you can get your salsa fix at the other Carnitas Michoacan, at Federal and Evans, which shows no signs of change.