Taco Bloggers Descend on In & Out Tacos, Get Tongue-Boned

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If anyone doubts the importance and popularity of tacos in Dallas, then I ask them to look at the growing number of taco bloggers. I'm not referring to everyone with an opinion on Fuel City's picadillo and an Internet connection. I am referring to those individuals who have dedicated large amounts of time seeking out the best and worst of tacos in town and sharing the information.

Most of the local taco bloggers, myself included, have read each other's work but had never met until this past Saturday, when with the organizing of Joe Flowers (Dallas Taco Bracket) we converged on In & Out Tacos in Garland. The taco stand was chosen for three reasons: because Daniel Vaughn of Full Custom Gospel BBQ had told me about it, because none of us had eaten there and because of its name. Dallas already has an In & Out. We don't need carpetbagging left-coast hippie burger peddlers.

Aside from four types of tacos (pastor, chicken, lengua and fajita), In & Out vends hot dogs, burgers (see!) and all manner of gringo eats to be consumed at uncovered picnic tables. But we were there for the tacos, and so BigChalupa, Barbaracoa and PequeñoPicadillo of Taco Sense, David and Alison Thompson from TacOCliff, Chris Bacchus of Gas Station Tacos, Flowers and I gobbled meat wrapped in flimsy flatbread.

If not for the company, the experience would have been a complete letdown. The chicken was tough and as dry as the weather has been for most of the spring. The pork also lacked moisture. Moreover, it was underseasoned, saved only by the inordinate amount of salsa verde we were given. The fajita was worthy of only a "meh."

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The tongue bone's connected to the taco.
Then there was the lengua. The juicy, delicate, lacking-for-naught lengua. It was a gorgeous specimen of tongue. At least I thought so until I bit down on something hard -- twice. The second time, I gave the hard, white substance a better look, presenting it to the others. It looked like bone. Yes, bone in the tongue.

The poor tacos at In & Out Tacos didn't put a damper on the conversation, the laughs and the new friendships being formed. If there are other dedicated taco bloggers in the metroplex, be on the lookout for future meet-ups. Tacos are taking over!

In & Out Tacos
413 S. Garland Ave., Garland
214-703-8188

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8 comments
BigChalupa
BigChalupa

El Tizoncito in Oak Cliff is at the top of the Taco Sense list. The trompo of pastor as soon as you walk in the front door, the choriqueso, the tamarind margaritas — what's not to like? For your "cheap and dirty" though, El Guero all the way.

Thumbs_McGee
Thumbs_McGee

El Paiasa on Harry Hines @ NW HWY. Best tacos in Dallas...hands down.

Jamo
Jamo

Be happy it was just a bone; thought it was one of your teeth when I first saw the photo!

Byrd
Byrd

What is the current front runner taco stand in DFW now as decided by the group of taco bloggers? I doubt everyone agreed but did some place stick out... other than Fuel City?

Jose Ralat Maldonado
Jose Ralat Maldonado

It's a question that's never been asked outright. There seems to be general consensus regarding El Guero, El Si Hay and Le Tejanita. I'll ask the lot, though.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

El Si Hay, El Gurero, El Atoron, and La Paisanita (Inwood Road) are my four faves.

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

I'll agree with you on all of those except El Ataron. Not that great, Twin, have you been to the Bachman Chevron?

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

What about Bachman?! The super secret taco club needs to convene there.

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