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Urban Taco

5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
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  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Family Style, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Yes, the name sounds a little corporate, but the best restaurant in Mockingbird Station has tons of personality. Co-owner Markus Pineyro drew inspiration from the late-night foods of his native Mexico City when designing tacos such as the “a la Tuma,” which is wrapped, on the outside of the tortilla, in a layer of molten, salty grilled cheese. (Any taco on the menu can be made “a la Tuma” through the online ordering system, although the classical excuse to eat fried cheese is the taco al pastor.) There’s another way the kitchen’s name is misleading: It serves a lot of food besides tacos, including tortas, empanadas and yucca fries. Outside of pandemic times, there are more upscale dine-in specials, too. If you’re ordering takeout, the taco plate is a great choice, because it comes in a travel container that seems expressly designed to hold a trio of tacos alongside a separated pocket of the kitchen’s great refried black beans.

Top pick: It’s worth paying the $4 for the chips and salsa trio, which comes with your choice of three salsas and a humongous bag of fabulously crunchy seasoned tortilla chips. The salsa varieties available include relative rarities like a peanut-habanero salsa with assertive nuttiness and an avocado-jalapeño number so good, you might just forget guacamole.

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