Tacos Y Mas and Chichen Itza: Double Trouble

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Tacos Y Mas is the "best?" Sez you.
Marvelous things can be seen from a bus seat. When I lived in New York, riding the city buses was an exciting thing. The drivers in their cars didn't know what they were missing. I was a passenger but I wasn't passive. I would take notes as I rode by dive bars, bodegas, tchotche shops. That's how I came across Bierkraft, one of my favorite stores in Brooklyn and a purveyor of fine craft beers, including growlers.

Several times while riding the bus from Oak Cliff toward home, I would spy Tacos Y Mas, a stand in the parking lot of a car wash and a CVS. It always had a line. After a recent visit, however, I can't understand why people line up for the tacos -- neither can I understand how D Magazine could nominate them as serving among the breakfast tacos in Dallas. The only flavorful element in the regurgitated slop called the chorizo breakfast taco filling was the bright orange cheese that could have been part of child's kitchen set -- and that was a salty mess.

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Chichen Itza: part of a terrible taco day.
Only two tacos had anything resembling tastiness. The first was the rubbery shrimp, and only then because of the liberal dousing of pepper. The shrimp ignited revolting licks of flames at the base of gums. The second was the barbacoa. Greasy with decent stringy texture, it was the sole taco I could see myself returning for. The pastor was diced to a hair's width short of disintegration with no hint of citric sweetness from a pineapple. The carnitas could have used some of the chorizo's salinity.

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Tacos Y Mas: Is cheese supposed to be that color?
Distraught, I began walking north on Greenville Avenue, looking for a cheap watering hole at which to forget my taco sadness. What I found was Chichen Itza, a taquería/tortería/panadería housed in a sparse brick building. The pastor and Milanesa tacos I ordered were further failures. The pastor was days old and the Milanesa, breaded chicken cutlet, was once frozen. The white corn tortillas were weak and tore under the weight of the filling, which included a promising but later realized to be deflating white sauce. The friend who had met me at Chichen Itza later called to say her stomach was punishing her for patronizing that shop on Lower Greenville. I apologized. I too was sorry that day was a terrible taco day.

Tacos Y Mas
5419 Ross Ave.
214-824-8079

Chichen Itza
5745 Richmond Ave.
214-828-0197

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Tacos Y Mas

5419 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX

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G_David
G_David

I've had many a taco from Taco y Mas, and while they're never as good as El Si Hay or some of the other top-notch places I've sampled from, I've never experienced the disaster that you're describing. Must have caught them on a particularly tough day. They have a new location near Medical City - a regular sit-down kinda place, and the food I've had there has been even better. Still haven't tried the Fina, even though I work 5 minutes from there, but it's on my list.

As for the Chichen Itza place, I give you props for even venturing into that place. I've often wondered if anybody ever does.

teachergirl23
teachergirl23

I love you, Jose! You're saving us major time here by ruling out eating at these places. All I can say is this-meet me at the Flash Mart for some good tacos. Also, did you know that Taco King closed? Boo-hoo.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Anyone foolish enough to rely on D Magazine for a taco recommendation is likely to suffer a bad taco day. I'm surprised D Mad didn't list Taco Bell as the best taco in Dallas. Go drown your sorrows at Tacos el si Hay in the OC.

BigChalupa
BigChalupa

That sounds like the worst taco day ever. As you know, I too thought Tacos Y Mas was a disaster — perhaps an open letter of protest (read: WTF?) to D Magazine is in order...

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

I'm sure that friend isn't holding you responsible for the stomach ache.

Sunsetmirage
Sunsetmirage

I too have eaten at both locations of Tacos y Mas and the Forest location blows the East Dallas location out of the water. And yes, they are "related" I spoke with the manager.

BigChalupa
BigChalupa

I was wondering if that location on Forest was an extension of the one on Ross. I thought it might be, which is why I avoided it. From what I gather, Tacos Y Mas is apparently one of those "love or hate" places...I'm leaning towards the latter.

G_David
G_David

I wouldn't say I come close to loving Tacos Y Mas, but it's close and I'm lazy. Then again, Tacos El Guero on Carroll is also close to me, and I've heard nothing but awesomeness regarding that place. I think I know what's for dinner.

BigChalupa
BigChalupa

Yes to El Guero. It's fantabulous 95% of the time.

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