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Robert Strickland

14 Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Taquerias

Where to find tortilla-wrapped bliss

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Flavorful tacos on the cheap
| Robert Strickland

From actual holes-in-the-wall, mixed-use developments and gas stations to supermarkets, strip malls and trailers, taco-slinging operations can set up anywhere. These taquerias run the range of styles from simple grilled meats to cheffy combos squeezed into handmade tortillas—not to mention regional Mexican specialties. Dallas-Fort Worth has them all.

And so do we. But to be clear this is not a best-of list. This is a guide to the region’s eclectic choices, including a couple of businesses that serve as examples of how far DFW tacos have come. Without further ado, presented in alphabetical order, here are DFW’s essential taco spots.

Don’t see your favorite taqueria? Rally for it in the comments, and argue the case as to why it deserves a place on this list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Resident Taqueria

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9661 Audelia Rd #112
Dallas, TX 75238
(972) 685-5280
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Texas’ cattle country spirit and a well-rooted northern Mexican immigrant population have given Dallas-Fort Worth a bevy of meat taco options, but very little in the way of worth-a-damn vegetarian tacos. So when Resident Taqueria opened in October 2015, plant-eaters rejoiced. The caramelized cauliflower laced with kale and sprinkled with green pumpkin seeds might scream hipster taco to the uninitiated. But like the fish taco paired with cabbage, lime crema, and watermelon radish with a shawl of mustard pearls, the house-made chorizo with cubed potatoes and a smoked tomato crema, and all the tacos served at this Lake Highlands joint, everything respectfully nods to the flavor profiles and ingredient of the taco homeland.

2. Urban Taco

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5321 E Mockingbird Ln #105
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-4723
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Perhaps the most dismissed taqueria in the city, Urban Taco offers spiffy takes on tacos from across Mexico, all in tortillas made from fresh nixtamalized masa (i.e., the Aztec way). The chicken mole taco employes the mole recipe from co-owner and Mexico City native Markus Pinyero’s mother, and the pastor is sliced from the traditional vertical spit, the trompo. Go deluxe on the al pastor with the a la Tuma, what Texas Monthly named one of the top 10 tacos in the state. It melds the street taco cousin costra’s fried-cheese shell to a corn tortilla with habanero-bathed pastor, pineapple and avocado.

3. Velvet Taco

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3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8358
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Boundaries? What boundaries? A favorite with the lunch and late-night crowds, Velvet Taco barrels headlong toward the taco’s limits with options like the shrimp and grits taco, the Nashville hot tofu, and the Indian paneer cheese taco on handmade tortillas. Try the hibiscus tortillas, which echo the mixed tortillas south of the border while carrying enough tang to balance other dialed-up flavors.

4. Azucar Latin American Cuisine

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5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 500-0139
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This splashy food truck dishes out miniature fry bread tacos with a Mexican cap. Hence, their name: Mayan Tacos. Served two per order, the tacos are topped with a pyramid of crema, crumbled white cheese, tomatoes, onions, not-iceberg lettuce, juicy chicken and refried beans. Follow them on social media and catch them often at the Truck Yard, where they frequently serve.

Three mayan tacos with a Mexican coke Azucar/Facebook

5. El Come Taco

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2513 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 821-3738
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Occupying the sweet spot between modern and traditional taqueria isn’t easy—unless you’re El Come Taco. The East Dallas taco joint packs in metal punched tables, exposed brick, neon calaveras, local craft beer and classic tacos—we’re talking everything from chorizo and lengua to chapulines (roasted grasshoppers) and tacos al pastor straight from the spit.

Four tacos on a colorful plate

6. Taco Stop

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1900 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(972) 971-4859
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The walk-up taqueria is a favorite of construction workers, local Design District residents and tacos lovers from all walks of life. They go for the saucy picadillo punctuated with carrots and potatoes. They go for the crispy strands of carnitas, the steak with truly “magic onions” cooked down with bacon and a hush-hush marmalade. And they go for the diminutive breakfast tacos. They also go to help those less fortunate by donating coats each winter to Taco Stop’s Leave A Coat Take A Coat clothing rack.

7. Fuel City

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2175 S Town E Blvd
Mesquite, TX 75149
(214) 301-0740
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There is no debating Fuel City’s importance to Dallas’ taco scene. In 2006 Texas Monthly named this 24-hour gas station-zoo’s mushy picadillo taco, as the Lone Star State’s pre-eminent tortilla-based parcel, thus cementing Dallas’ place on Texas’ taco landscape. More than a decade, the walk-up, cash-only taqueria’s hasn’t seemed to change a lick, which makes Fuel City the place to go to taste how far Dallas’ taco scene has transformed. It’s also where you go to nosh on the undervalued category of drunk tacos, be it at the original spot or the other three outposts. Your taste buds are shot anyway.

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8. Revolver Taco Lounge

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2701 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 272-7163

After a real estate drama in Fort Worth, what could very well be the best taqueria in Texas moved to Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood opened a back room for reservation-only prix-fixe multi-course dinners prepared by Doña Juanita, owner Regino Rojas’ mother, and earned a James Beard nomination. Made-to-order corn tortillas are the foundations for the upmarket tacos of seared duck, octopus carnitas, cabrito (kid goat) and experimental specials like the Kermit in Bangkok, a frog legs and house-made yellow curry number that sears the tongue even while it sweetens.

9. Tacos Mariachi

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602 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 741-1239
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The elaborate seafood tacos of Tijuana shine just west of Trinity Groves. Fans line up for the seafood campechano of grilled octopus and carne asada and the double whammy of fungus (portabella mushrooms with fresh huitlacoche), a side of mole fries and an agua fresca to wash it down with. Pop in on Tuesdays for the CriscoKidd Fish Tacos, mahi mahi breaded with crumbled chicharron and served with guacamole, onions, crema, and pico de gallo.

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10. Tacodeli

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1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 760-1930
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The original Tacodeli opened in Austin in 1999 quickly becoming the quintessential Austin taqueria with its knack for inventive tacos folding the area’s locavore sensibility into the culinary multiverse of Mexican eats and Tex-Mex. When Tacodeli came to Dallas and chose to source tortillas from the neighborhood’s La Norteña Tortilleria, which specializes in the buttery, translucent Sonoran-style flour tortilla, the restaurant upped their game. Favorites here fall mostly into the breakfast category. They include The Otto (creamy refried black beans, an extra crispy bacon strip and queso fresco) and the migas. Don’t sleep on the lunch specials, especially the seasonal pomegranate seed-studded, stuffed chile en nogada.

11. El Palote Panaderia

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2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227
(972) 807-2673
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It can be difficult to believe this Mexican bakery and taqueria is in Dallas. A trek to it can involve dirt roads, leading diners to a unassuming building where a working cowboy, a punk rocker and a family of four gather to relish carnitas, al pastor and lengua—all of them transformed into vegan options with the substitution of soy protein. And here’s the kicker, the fillings look and taste almost exactly like the real things. The lengua is mellow with a hint of grassiness, the al pastor is deep with marinade when it hits your mouth, and the carnitas is edged with crunch and brightness.

12. Trompo

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111 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

This beloved (and nationally acclaimed) taqueria recently moved to a brand new home in the Bishop Arts District, where its namesake taco still shines as one of the city’s finest examples of tacos de trompo. The taco al pastor’s northern Mexican cousin eschews the chile- and -achiote-based dressing of pork al pastor for a paprika-heavy marinade that’s punchy with pinches of smokiness and not a pineapple in sight. Whatever else you order, request the Monterrey-style campechana: trompo meat and beef mixed with white cheese on a flour tortilla made a couple miles up the road.

Tacos de trompo garnished with onion, lime, and cilantro
Flavorful tacos on the cheap
Robert Strickland

13. Taco Heads

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1812 Montgomery St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 615-9899
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What opened as a trailer stationed on West 7th Street in Fort Worth in 2010 eventually rolled into a permanent location thanks to the dedicated, ravenous fans of Taco Heads breakfast tacos, including the A La Texicana—a substantial package of eggs, caramelized onions, thick, crispy bacon and aged cheddar—and such signature options like the seasonal fish taco, which gets a chimichurri pesto bath and toppings of pickled slaw, garlic aioli, crumbled queso fresco and a healthy does of onion and cilantro. Feeling indecisive? The chipotle brisket is always a killer choice.

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14. Salsa Limón

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1465 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(682) 250-4842
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This Fort Worth institution is unique among these entries. At its several locations, including Sundance Square, the food reflects the tri-regional heritage of co-owner Ramiro Ramirez. His parents are from Oaxaca and the Rio Grande Valley but he’s from Mexico City. Those influences are evident in the El Capitan taco, a crisped flour tortilla packed with carne asada, a netting of melted Oaxaca-Monterey Jack cheese, a heavy-handed shot of pickled cabbage, and onion and cilantro, of course. If you can’t schlep to Cowtown, drop into the Downtown Dallas branch, Flor de Mayo, a sweet little thing complete with trompo.

Salsa Limon/Facebook

1. Resident Taqueria

9661 Audelia Rd #112, Dallas, TX 75238

Texas’ cattle country spirit and a well-rooted northern Mexican immigrant population have given Dallas-Fort Worth a bevy of meat taco options, but very little in the way of worth-a-damn vegetarian tacos. So when Resident Taqueria opened in October 2015, plant-eaters rejoiced. The caramelized cauliflower laced with kale and sprinkled with green pumpkin seeds might scream hipster taco to the uninitiated. But like the fish taco paired with cabbage, lime crema, and watermelon radish with a shawl of mustard pearls, the house-made chorizo with cubed potatoes and a smoked tomato crema, and all the tacos served at this Lake Highlands joint, everything respectfully nods to the flavor profiles and ingredient of the taco homeland.

9661 Audelia Rd #112
Dallas, TX 75238

2. Urban Taco

5321 E Mockingbird Ln #105, Dallas, TX 75206

Perhaps the most dismissed taqueria in the city, Urban Taco offers spiffy takes on tacos from across Mexico, all in tortillas made from fresh nixtamalized masa (i.e., the Aztec way). The chicken mole taco employes the mole recipe from co-owner and Mexico City native Markus Pinyero’s mother, and the pastor is sliced from the traditional vertical spit, the trompo. Go deluxe on the al pastor with the a la Tuma, what Texas Monthly named one of the top 10 tacos in the state. It melds the street taco cousin costra’s fried-cheese shell to a corn tortilla with habanero-bathed pastor, pineapple and avocado.

5321 E Mockingbird Ln #105
Dallas, TX 75206

3. Velvet Taco

3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Boundaries? What boundaries? A favorite with the lunch and late-night crowds, Velvet Taco barrels headlong toward the taco’s limits with options like the shrimp and grits taco, the Nashville hot tofu, and the Indian paneer cheese taco on handmade tortillas. Try the hibiscus tortillas, which echo the mixed tortillas south of the border while carrying enough tang to balance other dialed-up flavors.

3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Azucar Latin American Cuisine

5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206
Three mayan tacos with a Mexican coke Azucar/Facebook

This splashy food truck dishes out miniature fry bread tacos with a Mexican cap. Hence, their name: Mayan Tacos. Served two per order, the tacos are topped with a pyramid of crema, crumbled white cheese, tomatoes, onions, not-iceberg lettuce, juicy chicken and refried beans. Follow them on social media and catch them often at the Truck Yard, where they frequently serve.

5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206

5. El Come Taco

2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Four tacos on a colorful plate

Occupying the sweet spot between modern and traditional taqueria isn’t easy—unless you’re El Come Taco. The East Dallas taco joint packs in metal punched tables, exposed brick, neon calaveras, local craft beer and classic tacos—we’re talking everything from chorizo and lengua to chapulines (roasted grasshoppers) and tacos al pastor straight from the spit.

2513 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

6. Taco Stop

1900 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

The walk-up taqueria is a favorite of construction workers, local Design District residents and tacos lovers from all walks of life. They go for the saucy picadillo punctuated with carrots and potatoes. They go for the crispy strands of carnitas, the steak with truly “magic onions” cooked down with bacon and a hush-hush marmalade. And they go for the diminutive breakfast tacos. They also go to help those less fortunate by donating coats each winter to Taco Stop’s Leave A Coat Take A Coat clothing rack.

1900 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

7. Fuel City

2175 S Town E Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75149
Fuel City Tacos/Facebook

There is no debating Fuel City’s importance to Dallas’ taco scene. In 2006 Texas Monthly named this 24-hour gas station-zoo’s mushy picadillo taco, as the Lone Star State’s pre-eminent tortilla-based parcel, thus cementing Dallas’ place on Texas’ taco landscape. More than a decade, the walk-up, cash-only taqueria’s hasn’t seemed to change a lick, which makes Fuel City the place to go to taste how far Dallas’ taco scene has transformed. It’s also where you go to nosh on the undervalued category of drunk tacos, be it at the original spot or the other three outposts. Your taste buds are shot anyway.

2175 S Town E Blvd
Mesquite, TX 75149

8. Revolver Taco Lounge

2701 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

After a real estate drama in Fort Worth, what could very well be the best taqueria in Texas moved to Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood opened a back room for reservation-only prix-fixe multi-course dinners prepared by Doña Juanita, owner Regino Rojas’ mother, and earned a James Beard nomination. Made-to-order corn tortillas are the foundations for the upmarket tacos of seared duck, octopus carnitas, cabrito (kid goat) and experimental specials like the Kermit in Bangkok, a frog legs and house-made yellow curry number that sears the tongue even while it sweetens.

2701 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Tacos Mariachi

602 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212
Tacos Mariachi/Facebook

The elaborate seafood tacos of Tijuana shine just west of Trinity Groves. Fans line up for the seafood campechano of grilled octopus and carne asada and the double whammy of fungus (portabella mushrooms with fresh huitlacoche), a side of mole fries and an agua fresca to wash it down with. Pop in on Tuesdays for the CriscoKidd Fish Tacos, mahi mahi breaded with crumbled chicharron and served with guacamole, onions, crema, and pico de gallo.

602 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212

10. Tacodeli

1878 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

The original Tacodeli opened in Austin in 1999 quickly becoming the quintessential Austin taqueria with its knack for inventive tacos folding the area’s locavore sensibility into the culinary multiverse of Mexican eats and Tex-Mex. When Tacodeli came to Dallas and chose to source tortillas from the neighborhood’s La Norteña Tortilleria, which specializes in the buttery, translucent Sonoran-style flour tortilla, the restaurant upped their game. Favorites here fall mostly into the breakfast category. They include The Otto (creamy refried black beans, an extra crispy bacon strip and queso fresco) and the migas. Don’t sleep on the lunch specials, especially the seasonal pomegranate seed-studded, stuffed chile en nogada.

1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

11. El Palote Panaderia

2537 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227

It can be difficult to believe this Mexican bakery and taqueria is in Dallas. A trek to it can involve dirt roads, leading diners to a unassuming building where a working cowboy, a punk rocker and a family of four gather to relish carnitas, al pastor and lengua—all of them transformed into vegan options with the substitution of soy protein. And here’s the kicker, the fillings look and taste almost exactly like the real things. The lengua is mellow with a hint of grassiness, the al pastor is deep with marinade when it hits your mouth, and the carnitas is edged with crunch and brightness.

2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227

12. Trompo

111 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Tacos de trompo garnished with onion, lime, and cilantro
Flavorful tacos on the cheap
Robert Strickland

This beloved (and nationally acclaimed) taqueria recently moved to a brand new home in the Bishop Arts District, where its namesake taco still shines as one of the city’s finest examples of tacos de trompo. The taco al pastor’s northern Mexican cousin eschews the chile- and -achiote-based dressing of pork al pastor for a paprika-heavy marinade that’s punchy with pinches of smokiness and not a pineapple in sight. Whatever else you order, request the Monterrey-style campechana: trompo meat and beef mixed with white cheese on a flour tortilla made a couple miles up the road.

111 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

13. Taco Heads

1812 Montgomery St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Taco Heads/Facebook

What opened as a trailer stationed on West 7th Street in Fort Worth in 2010 eventually rolled into a permanent location thanks to the dedicated, ravenous fans of Taco Heads breakfast tacos, including the A La Texicana—a substantial package of eggs, caramelized onions, thick, crispy bacon and aged cheddar—and such signature options like the seasonal fish taco, which gets a chimichurri pesto bath and toppings of pickled slaw, garlic aioli, crumbled queso fresco and a healthy does of onion and cilantro. Feeling indecisive? The chipotle brisket is always a killer choice.

1812 Montgomery St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

14. Salsa Limón

1465 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Salsa Limon/Facebook

This Fort Worth institution is unique among these entries. At its several locations, including Sundance Square, the food reflects the tri-regional heritage of co-owner Ramiro Ramirez. His parents are from Oaxaca and the Rio Grande Valley but he’s from Mexico City. Those influences are evident in the El Capitan taco, a crisped flour tortilla packed with carne asada, a netting of melted Oaxaca-Monterey Jack cheese, a heavy-handed shot of pickled cabbage, and onion and cilantro, of course. If you can’t schlep to Cowtown, drop into the Downtown Dallas branch, Flor de Mayo, a sweet little thing complete with trompo.

1465 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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