How 'Bout Them Knockers: Border Express/Skillman Wok

Border Express/Skillman Wok
18900 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 109
Dallas, TX 75287

Fajita salad at my door within 15 minutes of ordering: 35
Eating jumbo wontons without having to order Chinese: 20
Super cheap Mexican food that doesn't taste super cheap: 30

Total: 85

Some of the best things in life come in pairs. Like shoes (ah, who doesn't love a new pair of shoes), male twin models (not that I can think of any), peanut butter and jelly, Rocky and Bullwinkle.... And when I discovered a Chinese/Mexican delivery-only joint next door to my apartment, it only solidified that feeling for me.

One afternoon I was driving home after getting poked and prodded at the doctor's office (due to some office germs. Thanks, guys), when I noticed Skillman Wok in the small shopping center next to my apartment. The thought of a steaming bowl of hot and sour soup to soothe my feels-like-I-swallowed-a-razorblade throat was enough for me to pull in. While waiting for my order, I noticed little black menus with photos of Mexican dishes lying on a random table by the entrance. Curious, I looked at one and discovered that Skillman Wok also doubles as a Mexican food delivery place named Border Express. Just then, I knew that I had stumbled upon my next subject for Knockers.

It was weeks later before I put that little black menu to use. I had been out all day spending money on new stuff for my move to a new apartment. I was tired, hungry and felt like being lazy. So I phoned up the Border Express part of Skillman Wok and ordered the steak fajita salad with a side of chips and hot sauce. (I refuse to call it salsa, but that's a different subject for a different City of Ate.) I gave the phone lady my payment info, told her we were practically neighbors, and she let me know that my order would arrive in 30 minutes.

While killing time playing with my new toys for my new apartment, I heard a knock on my door. Wow, that was fast. Couldn't have been more than 15 minutes since I placed my order. I opened the door to the delivery dude and clumsily did the whole food and payment exchange while trying to keep my ferocious pug and dachshund from attacking. They love Mexican food.

I opened up the lid to my steak fajita salad only to discover jumbo fried wontons lined across the edge of the salad. Score! This is where being both a Chinese and Mexican delivery place comes in handy. Sometimes the Chinese part sneaks into the Mexican food. Which wouldn't always be a good combination, but luckily this time it was. The salad was a nice mixture of romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, bell pepper strips with seasoned fajita meat. All that was missing was shredded cheese and dressing. I ended up using my own shredded cheese then drizzling some of the hot sauce I ordered onto the salad. One bite in and I was hooked. The fajita meat was very tender and juicy and paired perfectly with the bell peppers. I even made a pleasing nacho concoction out of the jumbo wontons with the fajita meat and cheese. Overall, I was one happy customer.

After I finished my salad and enjoyed a few chips with hot sauce, I put the menu on my fridge for future deliveries. Only then did I recall that I'd be moving in a week to a far away neighborhood. Oh, well. Maybe the next tenant will enjoy fried wonton fajitas.

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Sarah Johnson
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