The Buzz On The Fuzz

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 380

Dude Factor: 9, or Peach Fuzz, on a scale of 1 (Fuzzy Wuzzy) to 10 (Fuzzbox)

A lot of people around here seem to think this whole taco thing is getting out of hand--just in the past few months, we've seen the opening of the bizarrely-located North Dallas Torchy's, the unfortunately named Rusty Taco and the even-more-unfortunately named Rock n' Taco, a point driven home by the lame ass font on their sign (What's that font called anyway? Tila Tequila Tattoo? Bret Michaels Bold? )

To these taco naysayers, we say: Shut your traps. Tacos are awesome. And we live on Observer salaries. The more cheap, tasty food to be found in this town, the better.

Which leads us to the brand spankin' new Dallas location of the beloved Fort Worth-based Fuzzy's Taco Shop. Walking in, we were greeted by the type of line one wouldn't expect in a brand new restaurant, but seeing as how Dallasites have long clamored for a Fuzzy's location of their own, it wasn't surprising. (On our second visit, there was still a short line well after 9 p.m.) The line moved fast, though--there must be 100 people working there between the counter, the kitchen and the high school girls aggressively bussing the tables. Just looking at the menu made us giddy, too, with nothing over $7.99 (and that's for a fajita plate) and breakfast served all day.

Having heard great things about the fish tacos, we ordered a couple of the grilled ones, which feature minced fish topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, feta and a weird-sounding-but-delicious-tasting garlic sauce. We went with the soft corn tortillas and asked for them "habanero" style, which apparently just gets you a ramekin of spicy habanero sauce for dipping, pouring or drinking, depending on your state of sobriety.

City of Ate's own Steven Doyle and Jose Ralat Maldonado may not have liked them, but we respectfully disagree. Hard. These tacos were bursting with flavor, so much so that we kept licking our own "flavor-saver" for a good two hours afterward. It would have been nice to get some limes or another salsa option on the side, but those are our only minor quibbles.

The Garlic Shredded Beef taco was similarly awesome, while a Shredded Pork taco was just OK in comparison. The schooners of beer were also sizable, and for those of you seeking some honest-to-goodness, tasty Austin-style queso, Fuzzy's is one of your best bets in these parts.

Seriously, check it out amigos. You'll probably see us there. Just don't say anything about the queso in our beard--we're saving it for later.

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