Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 39: Bachman Lake Taqueria

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Meat cooked on a vertical spit often lends itself to some of the most beautiful meals in the world of street food. Just hear the word shawarma and visions of charred but supple lamb paint the back of your cortex, while the phantom scent of rosemary tickles your nose.

The technique got even more attractive when it made its way to Mexico, where pork replaced lamb, chilies replaced herbs and the spinning tower of meat took on the name trompo.

The problem with trompo -- and all vertical-spit cooking, really -- is that the device has to actually spin to produce the most delicious meat. It's only when there's a long line of customers that trompo tacos are at their best. Demand keeps the gas burners blaring and the meat hissing and spitting as it chars. But if there are no customers in line, the trompo goes idle. So does the flavor.

To find the best trompo tacos you must find the busiest trompo, which is easy since Bachman Lake Taqueria is consistently mobbed. Come during lunch and the dining room is full of customers bathing in the smells of roasting pork while they douse their tacos with sturdy salsa.

In the back, cooks thread huge sheets of fatty meat, dripping in marinade, onto the long vertical spits. The finished cones look disturbing and even a bit obscene, but after roasting a while you'll start to come around. It's almost hypnotizing as it spins like some giant carnal music box ornament.

Yes, you will be having the trompo tacos today, won't you?

Me too. Extra crispy, please.

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Location Info

Bachman Tacos and Grill

3311 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Good little tacos, used to eat there often when I had a job calling on that Target down the road.


I'm sorry, (no I'm not) but I think Bachman Lake Tacos sucks. I just do not get the appeal of this place. A few of us went there a couple of months ago and were very unhappy with both the food and the service which is, non existent. You have to go to the gas station cashier and wait on line to place your order and then pay and bring your paid receipt back to the taqueria to have them prepare your order. Their food cannot even begin to compare with La Banqueta or, with El Tizoncito's Al Pastor pork tacos cut from their trompo. Personally, I'm amazed this joint even made the "list". And, if it had to be on the "list" I'd make it, No. 50.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I read that as Bachman Lake Diarrhea... whoopsie

primi_timpano topcommenter

Great pastor tacos. Don't remember if it was you or Taco Trail who first reviewed this place but it is well worth dropping in. And they have tables. Take that Fuel City.


@primi_timpano Fuel City has tables, but they're outside.  Never eaten tacos on them, but I did freeze my cojones off once while waiting for my car to be detailed.  I recommend their auto services over their tacos.

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