From the summers that test everyone’s resilience, tolerance of sweatiness, and choice of deodorant, to the godforsaken traffic, being a proud native of Dallas isn’t always easy. But there are also much less hazardous rites of passage that all locals must complete in order to be eligible for their Real Dallasite card (not to be confused with The Real Housewives of Dallas), and many of those rites of passage are simply delicious.
Barbacoa and lengua tacos
We’re not talking about the chopped-up beef barbecue type of tacos here. To truly be a Dallasite, you must embrace the head meat. Once you have, you know that it’s really the tastiest of the taco options. Barbacoa (cheek meat) and lengua (tongue meat) have a moistness, flavor, and texture all their own, and once you discover a love for these non-traditional meats, you will never go back.