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Tara Rockacy describes Churchview Farm in Baldwin as a “farmette” and it couldn’t be more appropriate. The small family farm is postcard-perfect picturesque and is one of the most-loved local farms. The annual Churchview Farm Dinner Series is eagerly awaited and this year, along with James Rich of the Pgh Taco Truck, Rockacy is also planning a fun food truck roundup at the farm.

Her best meal last week? While she was at a meeting with Rich to plan the roundup.

James and I met at Casa Rasta in Beechview and I think we ordered half the menu. We started off with the chips with guac, spicy bean dip and avocado fries. The avocado fries were my favorite—they were decadent, delicious, rich and wonderful!

Then we ordered tacos—we got four or five. Roasted pork, citrus marinated pork, jerk chicken and Mexican sausage.

My favorite was the marinated pork with avocado cream—I’m a sucker for anything involving avocado and it’s all over their menu!

The food at Casa Rasta is my favorite kind of food. It’s simple and not overdone. The atmosphere is casual just like the food. No pressure, easy.

Another reason is that there are great random things going on around it—there’s a market down the street, there’s Crested Duck.

 I like to do as much I can to support businesses and restaurants in the South Hills. I’m just so accustomed to spending so much of my time in the city, particularly the East End. People don’t think of the South Hills as a food destination but there are lot of great things over here—like Casta Rasta—just a little tucked away.

Want to know where other Pittsburgh foodies have had their Best Meals? Check them all out here.

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment....