Killer's Tacos appeared out of nowhere last week in Denton, and if you weren't paying attention, you probably missed it. Opening a taco shop in a house-turned-restaurant space just off the UNT campus on the first day of spring break is the very definition of "soft opening" (that's a taco joke, get it?). Good thing I was paying close enough attention this week on my drive to work to notice the barely visible "open" sign blinking in the window. Without a sign, it's easy to mistake this nondescript white bungalow for another neighborhood residence, which is a shame, because these guys are cooking up some fantastic gringo-style tacos. And because everyone here is so friendly, that feeling of walking into someone's home for dinner doesn't go away once you get inside.
Killer's boasts a number of tasty tacos, featuring slow-cooked meats and fresh vegetables, with clever names like the "Screaming Bazinga Zonkers" and the "SofaKing Cheeeseey" (one of their vegetarian options — it has an "E" for every type of cheese on the taco, apparently).
The "Bacon For It" makes good on its pork promises by piling on carnitas, bacon, bacon, cheddar, spinach, tomato and ranch sauce. They list bacon twice to let you know they are SERIOUSLY not messing around and you are going to get bacon with that taco.
The "Tweety Sweety" was by far my favorite. Smoky, slow-cooked chicken tinga, Jack Baja slaw, and honey made for a sweet and spicy mixture of juicy shredded chicken and creamy, crispy slaw. It's not listed on the menu as a spicy taco, but I found it had a bit more kick than the "Slap Yo Mama" taco, which was good, but judging from the menu description I had anticipated something spicier. "Slap Yo Mama" had tender, slow-cooked carnitas, a goat cheese coulis, green chilies, lettuce, cilantro, onion and green salsa. It was lighter than the "Tweety Sweety" and very refreshing, which is surprising for carnitas. The queso was your standard Tex-Mex fare of melted cheese and salsa, but you'll get no complaints from me. You can also enjoy one of their three house-made sauces, like the aptly named "Mean Green" tomatillo sauce, or the spicier red Killer Sauce, on your tacos.
These are large tacos, too, so even though they're a bit on the pricier side for a single taco, you get a belly full of food. Most of the tacos come on a large flour taco shell, and are jam-packed with tasty toppings. Killer's also offers street-style tacos priced on either side of a dollar (depending on the meat), served on a corn tortilla with just cilantro and onion. You can also build your own quesadilla or salad with the menu items. But maybe the cutest thing on the menu is the "Frito Pi" — it has all the toppings you'd expect but costs $3.14159265359.
You can dine in one of the many indoor rooms, or weather permitting, take advantage of the back deck and patio area which is both child and dog-friendly. Killer's is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Can you say "late-night, post-bar taco-munchies?" Not with your mouth full of taco, probably.
Killer's Tacos is located at 424 Bryan St., Denton, 940-566-3808.
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