Food & Drink

The Best Under-the-Radar Tacos Around Dallas

Published On 09/11/2015 Published On 09/11/2015
Mario Bros Tacos
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José R. Ralat/Thrillist
José R. Ralat/Thrillist
Mi Lindo Oaxaca
José R. Ralat/Thrillist
La Huasteca Tacos Y Tortas
José R. Ralat/Thrillist
José R. Ralat/Thrillist
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1. Mario Bros. Tacos 5942 Abrams Rd, Dallas, 75231

Ok, so the name is a total rip off, but what's more charming than a mom n pop shop using an unlicensed character to market delicious tacos? Nothing, that's what.

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2. La GaviotaTaqueria 265 W Comstock St, Dallas, 75208

The most unassuming of unassuming holes in the wall. This taco haven seems forever teetering on the edge, having changed ownership so many times. The only thing consistent is the utter scrumptiousness of their Mexican fare.

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3. El Taxqueño Taquería 207 W Suffolk Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208

Owned by Maria and Armando Monroy, this taco joint serves up picadillo with potatoes and onions and fajitas supplemented by handmade corn tortillas, among other authentic eats. Cyclists get a 10% discount when they prove they rode to the taco joint, so hop on your bike fast!

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4. Mi Lindo Oaxaca 2535 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, 75211

Serving up authentic Mexican fare in a no frills, counter service joint, Mi Lindo Oaxaca may not be a lot to look at, but don't knock it's strip mall exterior. Inside, sample traditional dishes that characterize the region of Oaxaca, including memela with chorizo, chepil tamales, and of course tacos: piled on slightly crisped blue corn tortillas, take your pick from meats like salty, sliced beef rib or roasted chapulines (grasshoppers!)

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5. Taco Rico #2 2850 W Clarendon Dr, Dallas, TX 75211

This simple Mexican joint serves Northern Mexican classics. Their steamed tacos, which house shredded beef and potatoes or picadillo, are superb.

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6. La Huasteca Tacos Y Tortas 723 S Beacon St, Dallas, TX 75223

What looks like a pizza place, complete with laminate booths and a giant menu over the counter, is actually a pretty tasty Mexican joint. The place serves all the classics, but its worth going on the weekends for their lamb barbacoa, only served during that time.

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7. Taqueria Guanajuato 1015 E McKinney St, Denton, TX 76209

This taqueria shares its space with a convenience store but is plenty authentic even so. The tacos guanajuatenses feature thick slabs of seasoned bistec, nopales and sautéed onions snuggled within corn tortillas and they are most certainly a must-order.

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8. Aguilera’s Cafe 2005 N Grove St, Dallas, TX 75052 (Fort Worth)

Unless you know the address, you’ll likely never find Aguilera’s Café. And unless you go soon, you’ll likely never enjoy the tiny menu cooked by lifelong owner and veteran, Santos Aguilera. Operating out of a shabby white house with turquoise trim and no signage (it’s on the inside), this hidden Fort Worth staple is dimly lit with a smattering of fading booths and tables under WWII memorabilia. The food at Aguilera's does not match its image; the homemade chorizo and carne guisada (beef stew) will make even the pickiest of Tex-Mex eaters melt.

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