Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 36: Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo

Lori Bandi
Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or Android.

Every bit of the journey to Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo heightens the anticipation for your pending meal. First you have to wait for the weekend -- the small restaurant is only open Saturdays and Sundays -- and you have to make a trek down C.F. Hawn Freeway till you get to Lake June Road, and then drive down a dusty unpaved road. And you have to go early, because sometimes the kitchen runs out of barbacoa y consome -- another good reason for coming here.

In other words, you don't just come to this restaurant for a quick and cheap meal. A trip to Raymundo Sanchez' for tacos is an event.

It's completely worth the effort. After bringing them overnight, Sanchez sears huge hunks of lamb over smoldering wood. Then meat is roasted for nine hours, over a bed of chickpeas that collects the dripping juices. When he's done, the lamb is fall-apart tender, and the chickpeas have evolved into a hearty stew. Together they make for one of the most soulful meals you'll find in Dallas. And one of the cheapest.

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OK, so the building isn't much to look at. Just wait till you get inside.
The tortillas here are massive. Don't even think about ordering more than two tacos per person. But the best way to order the barbacoa is by the pound for as many of your friends as you can pack into your car. It will arrive in your own serving tray with salsas, onions, cilantro and tortillas almost the size of a Frisbee. Assemble your tacos however see fit, and revel in the fact that food this good is served near a salvage yard in the middle of nowhere.

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Location Info

Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo

6131 Lake June Place, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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It's not the "middle of nowhere", it's at the edge of the Great TrinityForest.

This is one of Dallas's best-kept little secrets. The consome is divine.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Nice reminder to get over there. The review reminded me of your wish to pick up La Nueva tortillas on the was home. Ana's, of the Ana's/Mezquite mystery, will make tortillas to order. There is a great tortilla at El Hoyo on Gaston, just west of Fitzhugh. It was recommended by Blanquette. Still trying the menu (ok menudo, not ok caldo de mariscos).

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Now that's the kind of spectacularly simple and heavenly taco I could eat at every meal!  Phooey on those horrifying Dorito tacos and the other mess gringoes have the nerve to try to get away with.


@casiepierce The consomme alone is worth the trip. However, the lamb is the BOMB! Well worth the search because the food in incredible!

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