Public Taco, located at Preston Road and Royal Lane, is the brainchild of Joon Choe, who founded FreshFin Poke on Lower Greenville. After that location closed, Choe opened a food stall version of the restaurant at Legacy Hall in 2017. It was open only for two years, as he decided he wanted full control.
Today, Choe considers Public Taco his first official restaurant.
“The food is different,” Choe says. “The intentions are different, and the mindset is different. We are catering to the general public and creating something everyone can enjoy.”
There are lighter options, too, such as the Frozé a la Public: a sweet mix of rosé wine, hibiscus-infused Zephyr gin, aperol and lime ($11). It comes garnished with a pretty pink hibiscus salt.
Tortillas are made in-house every morning, and they're griddled to just the right thickness to support a good amount of filling for each taco.
On the more ambitious side is the takorea ($5.50). A corn tortilla is filled with pan-seared rib-eye, onion, cilantro, lettuce, kimchi and Sriracha aioli. Choe crafted this taco to pay tribute to his Korean heritage, and it's something fans of FreshFin would love.
But perhaps one of the best tacos at Public Taco is one that doesn’t even have meat. The corn truffle is a corn tortilla filled with huitlacoche fritter, pico, corn, truffle aioli and crispy onions ($4.50). This vegetarian taco, which can be made vegan if ordered without aioli, contains a combination of sweet, spicy ingredients that could make going meatless that much easier.
“I want to be able to see all different walks of life,” Choe says. “If I’m able to serve authentic tacos, and if I’m able to serve craft tacos, then I can serve people of all types of diverse backgrounds.”
Public Taco, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 123 (North Dallas). Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.