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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria

Torres got your goat!
Torres got your goat!
Lori Bandi

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Contrary to popular belief there is an Oak Cliff beyond West Jefferson Boulevard. Dining options are scant this far south but you can find some excellent birria tacos should you stumble upon Los Torres Taqueria.

There is goat and then there's succulent goat spiced with cloves and cinnamon, made with love and authenticity in a local family restaurant. And then there's hand-made tortillas cooked to order. Just the sort of tool you'd love to use to shuttle tender goat into your face.

The tacos served in fresh tortillas cost around 50 cents extra depending on the meat you choose, but the tortillas are larger, fluffier, stuffed with more meat and ultimately more economical. And while they take a little longer to arrive there are worthy ways to spend your idle time.

Peruse the plastic buffet table turned salsa bar, stationed in the small dining room. Gather onions and cilantro and pickled onions so pink they look straight from a cartoon. Grab the creamy green sauce in a squeeze bottle if you're craving brightness and sunny serrano, or the red one if you'd like something with a more dark and sinister heat. There are various other salsas made from coarsely ground chiles, onions, cilantro and garlic for the taking, provided you have the patience to ladle them into small plastic cups.

When your tacos come you'll be ready to build layers of flavors to the taco heavens and you'll leave with the realization that you should venture past Jefferson a little more often.

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Los Torres Taquería

1322 W. Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 75208

214-946-3770


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