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Good 2 Go Taco in East Dallas.
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Where to Eat Dallas/Fort Worth's Best Tacos

Essential taco stops.

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Good 2 Go Taco in East Dallas.
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DFW has no shortage of fine taco destinations. But with a taqueria seemingly in place on every street corner and inside every gas station, how does one choose? A lot of pounding the pavement and stuffing yourself with corn and flour tortillas, as it turns out. Whether you crave traditional street tacos soaked in spicy salsa verde or something a little fancier (or a lot more gringo), these places are unquestionably the best taco stops in Dallas.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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Even the haughtiest, fanciest, James Beard-nominated, Top Chef-alumned restaurants in Dallas know that, to bring people together for an unforgettable meal, the answer is always and forever tacos. CBD serves their gigantic, somewhat intimidating whole hog's head alongside piping hot corn tortillas and scratch-made salsa verde. This is family-style, gather-'round-the-table, oh-my-god-how-are-we-eating-this-much-pork-in-one-sitting heaven.

2. Chicken Scratch

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2303 Pittman St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 749-1112
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This joint gets a lot of press for their fried chicken biscuits, and that gnarly billboard, and that episode of Bizarre Foods where Tim Byres and Andrew Zimmern cook a cow face in the damned ground, but listen: The most satisfying order on the menu is the spicy chicken tacos, born from a wood rotisserie. They're topped with, hands down, the tastiest, tangiest, vinegary-iest, most salivation-inducing slaw in town. You're welcome.

3. Tacos La Banqueta

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1305 N Carroll Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
When your parents come to Dallas, what do you do with them? Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza, Klyde Warren, The Nasher, and duh, La Banqueta. La Banqueta is an institution. Can you believe it was closed for so long? But that's all over now. We survived. Now their magnificent, crispy meats, their fabulous salsas, the whole wonderful experience — it's here, it's thriving, and and it's as good as it ever was.

4. Taqueria El Si Hay

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601 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4042
Dingy storefronts full of delicious smells and cheap, bite-size, meaty delights aren't exactly a rarity in Oak Cliff; there are probably more taquerias in the neighborhood than there are entitled millennials eating brunch (that is to say, a lot). So it's saying something that El Si Hay stays packed all the time. While they don't make their tortillas, they make up for it in execution — their pastor is typically pitch-perfect, their chorizo never grainy, their asada hardly grisly — and by serving the spiciest, take-no-prisoners salsa verde on this list. Bonus: the dude posted up on the side of the shop, making and selling elotes, is a pro among pros; his line is often longer than the taqueria's. [Photo: Chris L./Foursquare]

5. Cool & Hot

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930 E 8th St
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 944-5330
There are taco places, and there are snow cone drive-thrus, and then there is Cool & Hot, which is a paradise. They have tacos. They have snow cones. And they have a drive-thru, which is open both early and late. A lot of places can crispify pork but unfortunately give similar treatment to the humble egg, but Cool & Hot understands the difference; they cook with care. It's the only place in Dallas where their egg, cheese, and chorizo tacos are every bit as amazing and savory and addictive as their late-night offerings of pastor or picadillo. That's no small feat. [Photo: Marc R./Foursquare]

6. El Atoron

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2023 N Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-8846
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Before kulinary kool guy Guy Fieri bastardized and commodified the term "dive," that's what El Atoron was: a dive. A hole in the wall. That is to say, to the crowd that comes from the side of the tracks where the schools are all highly rated, this place — with its nothing-to-see-here bars on the windows -— may be less than inviting, but that crowd is missing out. The portions are epic, the tacos are as delicious as they are inexpensive — especially the pastor, which is as good as you can find in town. [Photo: Google Maps]

7. El Come Taco

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2513 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 233-4623
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When you combine a love and respect for traditional Mexican street food with the Instagram-obsessed, food blog-fueled culture, you have El Come: authentic taqueria-style fare made in, and for, the millennial age. It's where you'd take the group of unruly teens you got stuck chaperoning if you wanted to be responsible but also show them that you're still cool even if you don't know what "on fleek" means. The menu is vast, and it varies, and that confidence and creativity is validated, over and over, in the quality of El Come's food. [Photo: Seiichi I./Foursquare]

8. Good 2 Go Taco

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1146 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 519-9110
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Gringo tacos they may be. But shame on you if you aren’t eating them every chance you get. There's no shortage of solid options served on charred-just-the-right-amount flour tortillas — the Paris, the Honey Bear, the Ranch Hand, and my personal favorite, the biscuits-and-gravy-in-a-taco hangover godsend that is the SOCO. Plus, every taco at Good 2 Go is immediately improved by a few heartwarming sips of Cultivar Coffee; magnificently, they serve up their joe — one of the best cups in the Metroplex — right in the same space, making for what is inarguably the best breakfast taco destination in the city.

9. La Nueva Fresh & Hot

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9625 Webb Chapel Rd
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 358-7261
If you haven't experienced the joys of a warm La Nueva Fresh & Hot tortilla, what are you even doing with your life? And the tacos, particularly the barbacoa, have been blessed by locally famous taco honcho Jose Ralat-Maldonado. Please, go here and eat before they gentrify the neighborhood and turn it into a Torchy's. [Photo: Jonathan K./Foursquare]

10. Los Torres Taqueria

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1322 West Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-3770
Tacos filled with birria — a spicy, stewy, cinnamon-y shredded goat amalgam— are what Los Torres is known for. It's a well-deserved distinction, and a damn fine taco. But what really stands out here is the service. This family-owned and operated shop couldn't be staffed full of friendlier or more helpful human beings. This is the kind of place that you'll love coming to because the people make you feel as good as the food. They also boast an expansive, eclectic salsa-and-toppings bar and freshly made corn tortillas that rival the city's best. [Photo: Google Maps]

11. Revolver Taco Lounge

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2822 W 7th St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 820-0122
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A chunk of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods DFW episode was a paean to Revolver, and for good reason. Revolver's tacos are important, as important as tacos can be, if for no other reason than nobody else is doing quite what they do. Legit Michoacan cuisine? In Dallas? Ceviche and mole and duck breast and veal (both on a taco!) — and hamachi? what?! — all on one taco shop menu? The guys at Revolver have guts. Oh, and handmade tortillas bordering on art. And they are great at Twitter. They care about their food, and about people enjoying it, and that's obvious the second you set foot in the place.

12. El Rincon De Villa

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6867 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 891-9954
These may just be the best corn tortillas in Dallas. They are a security blanket for your soul. They are biblically good. They would be worth the extremely reasonable price of admission on their own. But thankfully, flavorful, no-frills renditions on pork products — the carnitas is a favorite — are routinely stuffed inside. [Photo: Google Maps]

13. Salsa Limon

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929 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 820-0680
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You may know them from their rightly deserved appearance in FiveThirtyEight's ballyhooed national burrito bracket, but if you don't, you should know that the tacos at Salsa Limon are equally worthy of acclaim. Especially noteworthy is how well they handle traditionally tricky cuts like lengua and tripas; neither chewy nor gummy, these meats are instead packed with the kinds of textures and aromas that a plain-Jane steak taco just can't duplicate. The variety of spicy, acidic salsas on hand furthers the ever-so-pleasant experience of scarfing, with vigor, every last one of these beauties.

14. TJ's Seafood Market

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Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 691-2369
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The problem with fish tacos is, Dallas isn't exactly coastal. Who knows where a place even gets their fish from, much less whether they prepare it properly? At TJ's, they know better than anybody how to prepare it. You can get tilapia tacos daily, but what's often more impressive is whatever they have on special (think delicate mahi-mahi or buttery halibut). Never dry, never overseasoned, and never over-accompanied — the aioli light, the pico applied with restraint — these tacos let the fish shine, and your mouth will thank them for it. [Photo: K. Davidson/EDFW]

15. Velvet Taco

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3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8358
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Velvet Taco deserves a nod not because of any particular taco — for my money, the best thing at Velvet isn't a taco but rather their riff on elotes, or their fried egg-adorned tots, and that they sell the beverage formerly known as Dublin Dr. Pepper, and, okay, their hot sauce is pretty killer — but because of how essential it is to us, the drunken hordes of Dallas. 2 a.m. tacos at Velvet is a rite of passage for any would-be socialite stumbling out of The Dram or your average hipster emerging from a gin bender at Louie’s. Never stop doing you, Velvet Taco.

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1. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Even the haughtiest, fanciest, James Beard-nominated, Top Chef-alumned restaurants in Dallas know that, to bring people together for an unforgettable meal, the answer is always and forever tacos. CBD serves their gigantic, somewhat intimidating whole hog's head alongside piping hot corn tortillas and scratch-made salsa verde. This is family-style, gather-'round-the-table, oh-my-god-how-are-we-eating-this-much-pork-in-one-sitting heaven.
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Chicken Scratch

2303 Pittman St., Dallas, TX 75208
This joint gets a lot of press for their fried chicken biscuits, and that gnarly billboard, and that episode of Bizarre Foods where Tim Byres and Andrew Zimmern cook a cow face in the damned ground, but listen: The most satisfying order on the menu is the spicy chicken tacos, born from a wood rotisserie. They're topped with, hands down, the tastiest, tangiest, vinegary-iest, most salivation-inducing slaw in town. You're welcome.
2303 Pittman St.
Dallas, TX 75208

3. Tacos La Banqueta

1305 N Carroll Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
When your parents come to Dallas, what do you do with them? Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza, Klyde Warren, The Nasher, and duh, La Banqueta. La Banqueta is an institution. Can you believe it was closed for so long? But that's all over now. We survived. Now their magnificent, crispy meats, their fabulous salsas, the whole wonderful experience — it's here, it's thriving, and and it's as good as it ever was.
1305 N Carroll Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

4. Taqueria El Si Hay

601 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Dingy storefronts full of delicious smells and cheap, bite-size, meaty delights aren't exactly a rarity in Oak Cliff; there are probably more taquerias in the neighborhood than there are entitled millennials eating brunch (that is to say, a lot). So it's saying something that El Si Hay stays packed all the time. While they don't make their tortillas, they make up for it in execution — their pastor is typically pitch-perfect, their chorizo never grainy, their asada hardly grisly — and by serving the spiciest, take-no-prisoners salsa verde on this list. Bonus: the dude posted up on the side of the shop, making and selling elotes, is a pro among pros; his line is often longer than the taqueria's. [Photo: Chris L./Foursquare]
601 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Cool & Hot

930 E 8th St, Dallas, TX 75203
There are taco places, and there are snow cone drive-thrus, and then there is Cool & Hot, which is a paradise. They have tacos. They have snow cones. And they have a drive-thru, which is open both early and late. A lot of places can crispify pork but unfortunately give similar treatment to the humble egg, but Cool & Hot understands the difference; they cook with care. It's the only place in Dallas where their egg, cheese, and chorizo tacos are every bit as amazing and savory and addictive as their late-night offerings of pastor or picadillo. That's no small feat. [Photo: Marc R./Foursquare]
930 E 8th St
Dallas, TX 75203

6. El Atoron

2023 N Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Before kulinary kool guy Guy Fieri bastardized and commodified the term "dive," that's what El Atoron was: a dive. A hole in the wall. That is to say, to the crowd that comes from the side of the tracks where the schools are all highly rated, this place — with its nothing-to-see-here bars on the windows -— may be less than inviting, but that crowd is missing out. The portions are epic, the tacos are as delicious as they are inexpensive — especially the pastor, which is as good as you can find in town. [Photo: Google Maps]
2023 N Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

7. El Come Taco

2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
When you combine a love and respect for traditional Mexican street food with the Instagram-obsessed, food blog-fueled culture, you have El Come: authentic taqueria-style fare made in, and for, the millennial age. It's where you'd take the group of unruly teens you got stuck chaperoning if you wanted to be responsible but also show them that you're still cool even if you don't know what "on fleek" means. The menu is vast, and it varies, and that confidence and creativity is validated, over and over, in the quality of El Come's food. [Photo: Seiichi I./Foursquare]
2513 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

8. Good 2 Go Taco

1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Gringo tacos they may be. But shame on you if you aren’t eating them every chance you get. There's no shortage of solid options served on charred-just-the-right-amount flour tortillas — the Paris, the Honey Bear, the Ranch Hand, and my personal favorite, the biscuits-and-gravy-in-a-taco hangover godsend that is the SOCO. Plus, every taco at Good 2 Go is immediately improved by a few heartwarming sips of Cultivar Coffee; magnificently, they serve up their joe — one of the best cups in the Metroplex — right in the same space, making for what is inarguably the best breakfast taco destination in the city.
1146 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

9. La Nueva Fresh & Hot

9625 Webb Chapel Rd, Dallas, TX 75220
If you haven't experienced the joys of a warm La Nueva Fresh & Hot tortilla, what are you even doing with your life? And the tacos, particularly the barbacoa, have been blessed by locally famous taco honcho Jose Ralat-Maldonado. Please, go here and eat before they gentrify the neighborhood and turn it into a Torchy's. [Photo: Jonathan K./Foursquare]
9625 Webb Chapel Rd
Dallas, TX 75220

10. Los Torres Taqueria

1322 West Clarendon Drive, Dallas, TX 75208
Tacos filled with birria — a spicy, stewy, cinnamon-y shredded goat amalgam— are what Los Torres is known for. It's a well-deserved distinction, and a damn fine taco. But what really stands out here is the service. This family-owned and operated shop couldn't be staffed full of friendlier or more helpful human beings. This is the kind of place that you'll love coming to because the people make you feel as good as the food. They also boast an expansive, eclectic salsa-and-toppings bar and freshly made corn tortillas that rival the city's best. [Photo: Google Maps]
1322 West Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Revolver Taco Lounge

2822 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
A chunk of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods DFW episode was a paean to Revolver, and for good reason. Revolver's tacos are important, as important as tacos can be, if for no other reason than nobody else is doing quite what they do. Legit Michoacan cuisine? In Dallas? Ceviche and mole and duck breast and veal (both on a taco!) — and hamachi? what?! — all on one taco shop menu? The guys at Revolver have guts. Oh, and handmade tortillas bordering on art. And they are great at Twitter. They care about their food, and about people enjoying it, and that's obvious the second you set foot in the place.
2822 W 7th St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

12. El Rincon De Villa

6867 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231
These may just be the best corn tortillas in Dallas. They are a security blanket for your soul. They are biblically good. They would be worth the extremely reasonable price of admission on their own. But thankfully, flavorful, no-frills renditions on pork products — the carnitas is a favorite — are routinely stuffed inside. [Photo: Google Maps]
6867 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231

13. Salsa Limon

929 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107
You may know them from their rightly deserved appearance in FiveThirtyEight's ballyhooed national burrito bracket, but if you don't, you should know that the tacos at Salsa Limon are equally worthy of acclaim. Especially noteworthy is how well they handle traditionally tricky cuts like lengua and tripas; neither chewy nor gummy, these meats are instead packed with the kinds of textures and aromas that a plain-Jane steak taco just can't duplicate. The variety of spicy, acidic salsas on hand furthers the ever-so-pleasant experience of scarfing, with vigor, every last one of these beauties.
929 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

14. TJ's Seafood Market

Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75230
The problem with fish tacos is, Dallas isn't exactly coastal. Who knows where a place even gets their fish from, much less whether they prepare it properly? At TJ's, they know better than anybody how to prepare it. You can get tilapia tacos daily, but what's often more impressive is whatever they have on special (think delicate mahi-mahi or buttery halibut). Never dry, never overseasoned, and never over-accompanied — the aioli light, the pico applied with restraint — these tacos let the fish shine, and your mouth will thank them for it. [Photo: K. Davidson/EDFW]
Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

15. Velvet Taco

3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Velvet Taco deserves a nod not because of any particular taco — for my money, the best thing at Velvet isn't a taco but rather their riff on elotes, or their fried egg-adorned tots, and that they sell the beverage formerly known as Dublin Dr. Pepper, and, okay, their hot sauce is pretty killer — but because of how essential it is to us, the drunken hordes of Dallas. 2 a.m. tacos at Velvet is a rite of passage for any would-be socialite stumbling out of The Dram or your average hipster emerging from a gin bender at Louie’s. Never stop doing you, Velvet Taco.
3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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