Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2017 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.
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Stumbling upon Taquero feels like finding an oasis in the desert. Happy bossa nova music streams from the speakers above the beautifully trendy-looking West Dallas taco stand, adorned with paintings of Frida Kahlo and lined with twinkling white lights. There are many reasons to love this new taco heavy-hitter — friendly service, inexpensive tacos, a cult-favorite horchata served in a sweet clay mug — but the biggest reason comes stuffed in a tortilla dripping with just the right amount of grease.
On a recent visit, it was hard to pick a favorite — especially after the owner brought out complimentary ceviche and beans — but one particularly Texas-y taco stood out: the Texano ($2.50), made with brisket, onion, cilantro and queso Oaxaca. The brisket is abundant and beautifully juicy, and it sings in sweet harmony with the lovably rubbery Oaxaca cheese, a semi-hard Mexican cheese that becomes outrageously indulgent when melted.
With a squirt of salsa on top of the Texano and a Texas summer breeze blowing as the sun sets over this adorable cash-only taqueria, it becomes abundantly clear: Taquero is a magical addition to the DFW taco scene.