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.
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.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.