I Recently Washed Down a Bolsa Reuben with El Si Hay's Chorizo Tacos. What, That's Weird?

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​Sitting at Bolsa in Oak Cliff, snacking on a Boar's Head Reuben, I asked my bartender about the small, run down-looking taqueria across the street. "You eat at that place?" I asked him. "Too much," he replied, lamenting that they sometimes closed just before his shift ended at Bolsa, often leaving him sad tacoless.

I'd just finished lunch, but I figured: Screw it. What's better than a double-lunch day? I asked the bartender which tacos I should order. "I always get the chorizo; they make it in house," he said. "Make sure you get the green salsa," he added as I walked to the door. "They run out of it all the time."

Homemade chorizo and homemade salsa verde? I'm in. I ran across Davis and placed an order for one chorizo and one fajita beef taco, the bartender's second choice. "Can I get the green salsa, too please," I said, reaching past the plastic tip jar to collect my change. The woman behind the sliding screen door nodded with a smile as it slapped shut.

A few minutes later I was eating two tacos off a trash can on the side of the road. They were pretty good. The chorizo was spicy and salty and tasted fresh. The salsa was hot. Not hot enough to make me choke on its own, but an ill-timed inhalation did fill my lungs with noxious chili vapors. As I coughed and my eyes watered, a Latino dude eating tacos off the hood of his car laughed at my expense. Gringo.

I was curious about the ingredients, so I went back to the window. The chorizo is indeed made in-house, according to the woman working the counter. "What about the tortillas?" I asked. "Where do you get those?"

"Fiesta Mart," she told me, and the screen door slapped shut again.

OK, not ideal, but still: Well worth the double lunch.

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Taqueria El Si Hay

601 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

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Tereza
Tereza

You guys have to try our new in Dallas "ROCK AND ROLL TACOS". They are a taco catering truck serving authentic street tacos along with other food on their menu. They park at locations i.e., Deep Elem and coming to Grass Roots. Best of all, they roll out the Red Carpet where ever they are and have music of all kind to play while you eat. One of a kind taco business. Follow them on twitter, or on Facebook. They rock!!!

Ralphy
Ralphy

Best street taco IMO is at Lindsley and Beacon. east dallas.

G_David
G_David

Panchito's.  In my top 3 without a doubt.  The fact that they're $1.00 and 6 blocks from my house doesn't hurt.

Ralphy
Ralphy

GDavid;  my only complaint is the service is just so damn sloooowww......

cp
cp

Is that the same place that has the Taco Internet? 

Amy Ero
Amy Ero

Rob is right. Pastor is the best. Barbacoa is also buen sabor.

Taco Trail
Taco Trail

Am I alone in my opinion of El Si Hay? I've been to that taco hut multiple times and have never had a good experience. Each time what I received was a mouth full of salty pebbles, whether the pastor or chorizo.

El Tizoncito, on the other hand, is fantastic. I'm especially a fan of the choriqueso.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I Love El Tizoncito as well. My favorite is the tacos Al Pastore Alhambre and, the bean soup "amuse bouche".Their second store on Forest Lane is more convenient but I still actually prefer their Oak Cliff location.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I don't know what that is, but it sounds freaking amazing.

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

El Si Hay is delish!  Agreed, the corn is great, too!

elbueno
elbueno

holy crap! You're just now making it to El Si Hay?? Go back and get a "cup o corn". Best Elotes in Town IMHO.

also, I second the Al Pastor.

Chip Van Sprinkles
Chip Van Sprinkles

If you were initially wary of El Si Hay...and also choked on the verde salsa...I have my worries about you.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I was wary of putting a lunch on top of a lunch, not the taco place.

And come on. You've never accidentally inhaled through your mouth when you've got a face full of chillies? It's comedy.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I love El Si Hay's tacos. I only wish they had a few little tables to stand at while you eat. My car smells of onions and cilantro for days after I eat there. But, they're soooooooooo good!

Rob
Rob

And the al pastor is really what you should be ordering at El Si Hay...

matt
matt

go to el tizoncito

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

El Tiz is different, but worth the trip. the flan is excellent there too

Ralphy
Ralphy

Salty;  no thanks !  Salty food means either the cook doesn't know what they are doing, and and the underlying food flavors cannot be appreciated.

Ralphy
Ralphy

You were probably the 25th customer (that day) to ask where they get the tortillas.....everybody thinks they are tortilla experts !  

Ralphy
Ralphy

and why do all these taco places double up on their tortillas ?

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

The tacos will break most times unless you double up. Hell, they break sometimes even when you do double up.

Going solo is a risk you dare not take, Taco Noob.

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