Quiz: Am I in a Kickass Taqueria?

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Alice Laussade
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There are many great taquerias in Dallas. There are also many taco poseurs. Weeding out the bad places from the good ones is part of the fun of taco adventuring, but we don't want you going out there flying completely blind. It's a waste of your precious taco time.

There are certain qualities that every good taqueria must have. The special, secret ingredients that make their tacos delicious. Things about the taqueria that say, "Hey! I'm fucking great. Come try my tacos and understand the meaning of life, bitches!"

See also: Ten of the Best Taquerias in Dallas-Fort Worth

Should you find yourself in a new-to-you taqueria some time soon, asking yourself, "Is this taqueria going to be a good taqueria?" refer to this handy quiz, and you'll know your fate before the al pastor even hits your lips. (Note: If there's no al pastor available, just give yourself a score of 0 right now and skip to the end.)

QUIZ: Am I In A Kickass Taqueria?

1) Is there a shitty tire shop within visible distance? (Yes = +1 pt ; No = 0 pts)

2) Is there air conditioning? (Yes = -4 pts ; No = +4 pts)

3) Do you see a faded mural on the building? (Yes = +2 pts, +1 for each additional mural if there are multiple murals; No = 0 pts)

4) Does this taqueria accept major credit cards? (Yes = -4pts ; No = +4 pts)

5) Are styrofoam containers filled with cilantro, limes and onions in addition to the obvious taco pile used here? (Yes = +2 pts ; No = 0 pts)

6) Do you see any construction workers eating here on their lunch break? (Yes = +1 pt ; No = 0 pts)

7) Is there a squeeze bottle of green salsa sauce stuff around anywhere? (Yes = +1 pt ; No = 0 pts)

8) Is Coca-Cola available in a glass bottle here? (Yes = +1 pt; No = 0 pts)

9) Do you see tacos wrapped in double-corn tortillas? (Yes = +1 pt; No = 0 pts)

10) Is the menu here hand-written in Sharpie? (Yes = +1 pt; No = 0 pts)

11) Is there a gas station attached to your taqueria? (Yes = +1 pt; No = 0 pts)

12) Is there a long line at your taqueria? (Yes = -2 pts; No = +2 pts)

13) Does your taqueria also offer something completely random, like snocones, or cheeseburgers or chicken fingers? (Yes = +1; No = 0 pts)

14) Is any single taco on the menu here over $4? (Yes = -2 pts; No = +5 pts)

Calculate your score, and find out whether or not you're in a kickass taqueria!

(-12 to 7 points) You are not in a kickass taqueria.
ABORT! ABORT! ABORT TACO MISSION! You have landed yourself at a taqueria that will not deliver your face the best tacos in Dallas. They might be OK, but they will certainly not be traditionally kickass. Leave this taqueria and find one with a crappier mural, stat.

(8 to 20 points) There's a slight chance you might be in a kickass taqueria. You've either found a hidden gem, or you're in a place that's too shiny and new to be really, really good. Order something traditional here, like tacos al pastor or chorizo or just straight up beef. Go out on a limb once you know you're safe.

(21 to 27+ points) Congratulations! You are most definitely inside a kickass taqueria! Order the Everything! Pat yourself on the back and eagerly await your blissful taco coma.


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6 comments
Kevin
Kevin

Los Torres scores a zero on your quiz yet it is on your top ten list and unquestionably a kick ass taqueria.  No James Beard for this article. 

standifer_ryan
standifer_ryan

Can you explain that joke? Over my head I suppose

standifer_ryan
standifer_ryan

Writer thinks all Mexicans are construction workers

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

If you are there then it must be kickass. #Amirite?

JustSaying
JustSaying

Construction workers usually don't stray too far from the jobsite. So unless there is construction going on near the taqueria what you are seeing is landscaping crews. And you know this but were afraid to say it because you were worried that it sounded too racist.  Most construction workers aren't going to park a flat bed trailer with 5 lawnmowers on it that takes up 3 or more valuable spaces in an otherwise tiny parking lot.

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