Tacos La Banqueta's Deliciousness Cracks Me Up

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Photos by Alice Laussade
Bars on the window mean good eatin'.
What's in a name? That which we call a taco would, by any other name would taste just as kick-ass. Sorry, but Cheap Bastard's deep, deep love for Tacos La Banqueta, formerly Tacos El Guero, got us thinking about Romeo and Juliet. And butt crack. Whatever it's called, the joint's at 4500 Bryan St., 214-823-1260.

Butt crack count: 1
People speaking English inside La Banqueta before I showed up count: 0

It's official: Tacos La Banqueta has my favorite street tacos in Dallas. Before you go all angry taco-lover on me and start Darth Vaderly screaming, "Noooooooooooo! Tacos El Guero has the best tacos in Dallas, the Dallas Observer Best Of Dallas® issue says so!!" know this: Tacos El Guero changed its name to Tacos La Banqueta a while ago.


Yes, I've been to Fuel City. I like it. In fact, I like many taco places in Dallas. But the al pastor tacos + the overall vibe of the place makes Tacos La Banqueta my most favorite taco place.

When I pulled into the packed-with-construction-workers parking lot of La Banqueta and saw the bars on its windows, I was immediately excited. Every delicious street taco I've ever had in Dallas came out of a restaurant with bars on its windows. It's gotta be part of the street taco recipe. "Two corn tortillas, cilantro, onions, green sauce or red sauce, awesome meats, metal bars."

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The perfect meal.
La Banqueta is tiny. The place is barely big enough for the kitchen, and here I was, never-been-here-before-couldn't-be-whiter-white-chick messing up their rhythm.

I had read online that if it's your maiden voyage at La Banqueta, they'll give you a free taco. The tacos here are only $1.35 each, but free is cheaper, and they were already weirded out by my presence there ("Where's this bitch's construction vest?") so I asked:

Me: Hi there. It's my first time here and I heard you give a free taco to ...

Guy: Free taco? OK. I'll give you the beef.

(Note: Instantly added, "I'll give you the beef" to list of best phrases ever heard.)

In addition to the great free beef taco (double-corn tortilla, blazing hot off the grill), I also had the chorizo taco (spicy, greasy, great with the green sauce, better than hugging a dozen puppies) and the al pastor (one bite and angel Whitney Houston started singing, "I Will Always Love You"), plus a Mexican Coke, to go.

All told, my total was barely over five bucks. And I got to see at least three-quarters of a construction worker dude's entire butt crack while I waited for my food. Best deal ever.

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Location Info

Tacos La Banqueta - CLOSED

4500 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
green salsa
green salsa

Plenty of constrction workers speak English and go to La Banqueta just FYI. Plenty on "decent people go to la banqueta : ) Great tacos.. Try suadero next time and take it easy.. No stereotypes allowed that won't get you a free beef taco anywhe d

Just remember that querida guera!!

doesthispostmakemybuttlookbig?
doesthispostmakemybuttlookbig?

Dude, these tacos blow! Oh no, you just did not say that! Oh yes, I did. Now go and make me a sammich. p.s. now for some really good tacos, try 'Taco Bueno'...it means "good taco", so how could you go wrong, right?

Mervis
Mervis

Would, would, would.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I've been to this place before, awesome tacos in a sketchy setting 5 mins from Deep Ellum. 

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

This place is legit. They were boiling off tripas last time I went. I'm also tempted to steal a bottle of that green salsa...but that would rob someone else of the experience.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I used to go to their Bryan Street location when it was El Guero. But now they've added a second location that's spiffy clean with comfortable seating attached to a Fina station on Gaston in Lakewood just west of Garland Road. Great, cheap and delicious tacos! My favorite is the tacos Suadero. If La Banqueta isn't the best taco stand in Dallas, it has to be among the top three!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Fuel city....what a sh+thole, I'd rather eat taco's from 7-11.  Last time I ate said taco's I had to bandage my backside.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Their green sauce is the best in Dallas!

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 Did a spit laugh on that one but you're right.  Something's gone seriously wrong with Fuel City tacos.  Too many good stands around now days to frequent this place anymore.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I call bullshit. You never go south of 121

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

No sir, I rarely go south of The Bush.....but, sometimes I have to go southbound for work.  The trash business is booming south of 635-sir.  When in doubt, always go north.  

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