Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 10: La Banqueta

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It's all in the crispness. A tripas taco with soggy meat served in soft, warm corn tortilla can be a little hard to get down. Take those same braised intestines and griddle them until they're as crisp as a tortilla chip, though, and you'll be challenged to order fewer than two.

It's not just offal that benefits from extended contact from a hot and well-greased grill. The suadero, pastor and other meats should all be ordered extra crispy, which also means extra addictive. Visit La Banqueta once and your next seven lunches will be planned.

This is not a bad problem to have. La Banqueta is owned by Alberto Neri, and while the Mexico City native taquero doesn't do much of the cooking these days, his employees won't let you know the difference. They rinse and boil tongues and heads, griddle meats, and plate up tacos before handing you squeeze bottles of spicy salsas in green and red. The flavors are simple and honest, but they're also intense.

A single, tiny hunk of Suadero isn't beef -- it's beef distilled. And heaped into a tortilla in excess, it's bovine bliss that makes the price tag seem criminal. Use the green sauce if you're looking for heat and a little acidity. Use the red one if subtle smokiness is your thing. Get all Feliz Navidad on your tacos and use them both if you want -- it's your meal. And who knew you could have such a good one for $1.35.

Note: The Bryan Street store is temporarily closed.

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No. 48: 20 Feet Seafood Joint
No. 47: Taj Chaat House
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No. 45: La Nueva Fresh and Hot
No. 44: Pera Turkish Kitchen
No. 43: Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 42: Mughlai
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No. 39: Bachman Lake Taqueria
No. 38: Carbone's
No. 37: Babe's
No. 36: Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo
No. 35: Zaguan
No. 34: Royal Sichuan
No. 33: Spoon
No. 32: Bambu
No. 31: Pecan Lodge
No. 30: FT33
No. 29: Keller's Drive-In
No. 28: La Pasadita
No. 27: Ten Bells Tavern
No. 26: El Ranchito
No. 25: Cafe Urbano
No. 24: Nova
No. 23: Jeng Chi
No. 22: Omi
No. 21: Tei-An
No. 20: Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 19: Yutaka and Sharaku
No. 18: Local
No. 17: Ibex
No. 16: Pakpao
No. 15: Chennai Cafe
No. 14: Smoke
No. 13: Nonna
No. 12: Kuby's
No. 11: Sushi Sake

Location Info

Tacos La Banqueta

7233 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos La Banqueta

1021 E. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos La Banqueta

2621 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

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It's no Fuel City, but they are damn good tacos. The Gaston location is my usual choice.


Yay to crispy funky meat


bad feeling the new opening is going to drag out.  best tacos in dallas and i miss them


Looking forward to the re-opening of La Banqueta across the street from the original location on Bryan. Best tacos in Dallas!


Dallas, not Fort Worth. Might make a wee difference in planning.


Thanks for turning me on to a great little taco joint on your last write up of the place.  The Gaston location is my go-to on the way home from work when I have the "skipped-lunch-I'm-starving" shakes.  Extra crispy is definately the way to go.  I also greatly appreciate the heat and flavor of their sauces.  Live long and prosper, La Banqueta!

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