The Favorite Tacos of Dallas' Chefs

Categories: Taco Week

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All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four?

In this week of all things tacos at the City of Ate, we queried local chefs on their favorite spots to land some tacos. Here's what they had to say:

Oliver Sitrin, Blind Butcher
Taquería El Si Hay, the el pastor. Fresh, seasoning is just right. Also the pastor at La Banqueta. They're always good, fresh, hot. And Fuel City because they're open late.

See also: An Ode to Elotes, the Street Taco's BFF

Patrick Stark, Sundown at Granada
I would say Fuel City because they were some of the first true street tacos that I had here in Texas. They were cheap and small and we would order them by the boatload after band rehearsals in downtown Dallas.

Eric Shelton, Kitchen LTO
When I want traditional street tacos I head to Fuel City or Tacos y Mas for the authentic recipes you'd find on a street corner in Mexico. But for the more gourmet ones, I prefer Good to Go.

Julio Peraza, Komali
I like to go Taquería Conin and get the crispy tripe, carnitas or crispy pig snout. It's really authentic Mexican.

Andrew Powers, Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar in Plano
I go to a little place called Tacos y Mas off of Interstate 30 and Dolphin Road. They have the best cow's tongue and barbacoa I've ever had. They make fresh tortillas there too.

John Tesar, Spoon
Salsa Limón makes the best tacos. Everything is authentic, just like in Mexico City including the sauces and garnishes. They have tripe, barbacoa, tongue, etc.

Omar Flores, Casa Rubia
My favorite tacos in town are probably Taquería Lupita, but I've never had them sober so I could be wrong. I do love Margaritas off Fitzhugh too. They do awesome barbacoa tacos with fresh-made tortillas, your choice of corn or flour.

Jonathon Erdeljac, Jonathon's Oak Cliff
If I'm in Oak Cliff, it's El Si Hay -- always get the pork pastor. And bring cash. If I am in Addison, it's Torchy's on Beltline. They have a full bar and are open late, and I'm usually good for a couple pulled pork tacos, and a side of their green chile queso.

Of course, when I am totally jonesing for tacos, nothing beats running on the line and banging out some one-off tacos extravaganza, my guys call in a "Jon-nado." I call it lunch.

Brian Luscher, The Grape and Luscher's Red Hots
I got one problem: My grill chef, Arturo Cob, is from the Yucatan and he makes the very best tacos and salsas in the metroplex. Other than Arturo, I like Torteria Insurgentes, el Atoron, La Baqueta, Good2Go, Fuel City. These all have one thing in common that defines a great taco: freshness. Freshness is the single most important defining characteristic of a great taco. I also believe freshness is a source of great pride in Mexican cuisine. The highest level and care and love will always determine the best.

Jason Boso Twisted Root and Truck Yard
I like to go to the outside bar at the Ritz for Dean's tacos. A good taco is all about the tortilla and acid -- like pickled something or a tomatillo sauce

Kent Rathbun, Jasper's, Kent's Blue Plate, Abacus, Shinsei
It's Bachman Tacos & Grill and also Fuel City. Flavor, texture, a mixture of hot and cold and for sure the tortilla all make for a great taco.


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15 comments
doofUSA
doofUSA

Are other Taco Y Mas locations better than the one on Ross?  That one is really bad.

G_David
G_David

Not one mention of La Nueva Fresh and Hot?  It's 3 minutes from where I work, and their guisado verde taco on their fresh, fluffy corn tortillas is hands down my favorite taco in Dallas. When I'm at home, it's hard to throw a rock and not hit a great taco stand, but I always end up at Tacos y Mas or La Banqueta.

J_A_
J_A_

"When I think of tacos, I think of the Ritz!" said no one ever except Jason Boso.

standifer_ryan
standifer_ryan

Nothing in the history of Dallas has been more overrated than fuel city tacos

P1Norman
P1Norman

Did John Tesar just copy the blurb from Salsa Limon's website?


Tesar: "Salsa Limón is utterly committed to serving unapologetically Mexico City style tacos. Pushing the limits of quality"

Website: "Salsa Limón is utterly committed to serving unapologetically Mexico City style tacos. Pushing the limits of quality and flavor to the highest levels"


Nictacular
Nictacular

I gotta go see what Arturo is throwing together over at The Grape.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Love all the Fuel City and La Baqueta references. And props to the guy that mentioned Lupita. Their food is very underrated.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@elpinchederelicto  To all the lovers of real Mexico City style tacos, the old and original La Banqueta on Bryan Street is re-opening next week in a new, cleaner and much larger (yellow) building within spitting distance of the original Bryan Street location just around the corner. It's across the street on Carroll Avenue just south of Bryan. I had a look inside today and saw there are many nice tables and seating areas flanking the large open kitchen. 

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

This is totally on me. He sent me the link and that text followed, and now I see that it was a blurb from the site, not a quote from him. My bad, but actually I blame internet wires getting crossed. Dang interwebs! No copyright on the part of Teasr. Promises.

Greg820
Greg820

@Nictacular  I think Luscher just opened up a Pandora's Box--full of tacos!


Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@P1Gunter  All this chatter about tacos made me visit La Banqueta again today for lunch. Mmm, crispy suadero tacos loaded with onions, cilantro, and their incomparable green sauce. The best! Especially for only $1.35 each. 

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