Get Lost Then Get Happy at Oscar's Taco Shop

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Google maps had failed us again. The missus and I were en route to see the season-opening bouts of the Dallas Derby Devils roller derby league in North Richland Hills when we realized we were lost, but not before coming across 5-week-old Oscar's Taco Shop (no relation to Cowtown's expansion-giddy Fuzzy's).

The freestanding food hut looked out of place across the street from a field and next to the NRH2O water park. The drive-through menu board didn't install much confidence, listing as it did crispy tacos and a jam of combo platters starting at $6.90. Perhaps it was indeed associated with the Starbucks of tacos, I considered.

All doubt and misgivings were washed away by the first bites of the hefty south-of-the-border sandwiches. Each taco was garnished with bright helpings of pico de gallo and creamy wedges of avocado. Not one of the four we ordered was disappointing. They were all worth the $2.35 price tag each.

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The strings of roast pork that was the carnitas were juicy, assisted by the moisture from the toppings. The lengua was silky in texture and featherlight in flavor.

The adobada, small knots of vermilion pork, was salty with a gentle nudge to the palate eased by the avocado slowly melting under the meat's delightful influence. The carne asada was punchy but the least notable of the quartet.

The white corn tortillas, double-plied, were warm, moist, impervious to cracks and strong. Their subtle sweetness further increasing our enjoyment of the tacos we ate from the hood of our car in the parking lot of the NYTEX sports complex where the derby bouts were being held.

The knockdown, drag-out batter on four wheels (and a power outage) we were about to witness was a fine way to spend a Saturday night. However, it wasn't as good as the food from the taco stand. If I ever get lost again in the mid-cities, I hope it's near the NRH Oscar's Taco Shop or the second location in Grapevine. I'm eager to try some taquitos, perhaps a torta on glistening bolillo or a sauce-drowned plate of enchiladas.

Oscar's Taco Shop
8721 Blvd. 26
North Richland Hills



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Mena Frankiej
Mena Frankiej

plus the food here is way top do i know that? ...because my family from california knows his family...from my step-dad's side. they are originally from san luis poto si. "el salado" =]

is way more better than "tex-mex" ....there is no such thing as that ....just mex =]

Mena Frankiej
Mena Frankiej

disagree .oscar's is original from back in the day. started in california. moved to other states ...just like in-n-out is moving from calif. to other states =]


Wife and I just tried it yesterday, and it was great. The torta & tacos were all delicious.

Ben Yang
Ben Yang

Great read! Before Oscar's, there appeared to be many fast food joints that have come and gone in that same location. The starting price points of all the tacos and platters makes me wonder if this place will be around for much longer. Yes the quality is good, but the nearby 1) Alvarado's Tacos, 2) San Diego Tacos (Also with many Irving locations), and 3) Rosa's Cafe offering the same if not better quality food with more generous servings/prices gives Oscar's some stiff competition in the area. Keep up the good work!

Mena Frankiej
Mena Frankiej

...i know the owner personally, i moved from california to texas five years ago...and i've seen all these joints closing up like winnerschnitze and the  jappanesse restaurant.. then i saw oscars and decided to stop by then noticed that oscar used to work with my step-dad in san diego california. So i think since there are a lot of oscar taco shops in california and noticing that there are a few here that are doing good in buisness... oscar's is going to get more buisness since is not " tex-mex" .....more like "CAL-MEX" =]

. frankieM.. =D


Agreed. They might be good tacos, but El Paisa (located nearby) has EXCELLENT food, a nice atmosphere, comfortable interior seating and much cheaper prices. Five tacos with huge avacado wedges costs me just over $8 - tax included! Sorry Oscars, El Paisa wins.

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