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El Come Taco is Missing a Key Ingredient

Wrapped in Mexican authenticity and flare, El Come Taco has the biceps for the taco business. Guns for the gun show if you will. And with the taco trend gently slipping into obscurity, we can now grab some of those meat-filled tortillas without feeling like we’re riding the “it crowd” pony to cool town. Tacos are, and have always been, awesome. Okay, so as I said, El Come is missing one key factor in their journey to exceptionalism. Here’s how it went down.

On my first visit, I arrived promptly at 11 am (that’s when they open) and asked the man behind the counter if it was indeed taco time. “Yes,” he said politely.

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I was intrigued by the veal brain and beef tongue options, but decided to extend some normalcy and go for the pastor (pork), capechano (brisket and chorizo), and the cecina de la casa (sirloin). “Would you like cactus or potatoes?” Again I was intrigued and thirsty for food. I chose to try the cactus. I noticed a trompo in the kitchen as well. Now we’re talking. Trompos are basically a spinning vessel with meat on it.

The meat, after being marinated, spins and is slowly heated. It is then cut off and put on the taco. My tacos arrived with 3 lime slices in the middle and the server educated me about the three sauces that came with my table. The green one is spicy, the one marked pastor is best for pastor, and the other red sauce is the house favorite. Ok, I am going to eat my tacos now. Upon looking, the meats were cooked perfectly, the cilantro was fresh, and the cactus kind of looked like canned green beans. I am no cactus expert so I accepted that as the norm.

On the plate, the tacos were beautiful, but something was missing inside. With all the well-prepared items inside the soft yet unflinching tortilla, it seemed they had forgotten to season the meat. Every taco I tasted was like

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biting into nothingness. Perhaps I smoked too many cigarettes as a toddler and my taste buds were destroyed. No, that’s not it. I went back for a second visit with three other tacos and had the same experience. There was no seasoning on the meat. What gives?

A little long winded? Maybe, but that doesn’t make up for the lack of seasoning in those tacos. Maybe I’ll have to go late night when the meat’s had time to soak up the flavors, but I doubt it.

6 comments on “El Come Taco is Missing a Key Ingredient

  1. I never understood why so many people thought this place was awesome. It’s average and it’s a dump. Not a dumpy in a good way. Twice I’ve had them give me wrong change by $5……

  2. Since my recent love affair with El Come has also been waning, I’ve found myself returning to the original Tacos La Banqueta at their new location on Carroll Avenue just south of Bryan Street. You can’t miss their large yellow building with the parking lot nearly full every time I visit.

    Now I’m thinking La Banqueta is back serving the very best “street tacos” in Dallas.

    My favorite taco at El Come was the Campuchano. Made with brisket and chorizo, it’s not on the menu at La Banqueta but all one has to do is ask for it and they’ll happily make it for you.

    And there isn’t a taco joint in Dallas that has a better green hot sauce than that served at La Banqueta!

  3. I had exactly the same experience when i dined there. Everything was cooked well, tortillas, meat, and salsas all had great flavors. The only thing missing was salt. Every single taco filling needed seasoning. Would have been one of the best taco experiences I’ve had in DFW with just a few more grams of NaCl.

  4. I just want to add that the owner, Luis (?), is really great. I’ve had a couple conversations with him, and I really feel that he has his heart in it. That, along with the fact that I’ve spent hours there with a bottle of wine, tacos, a friend, and a deck of cards make this a special place for me. One time we also brought some fixins for tequilas, they gave us what we didn’t bring, and we mixed everything at the table. Also, I feel like he would really appreciate this kind of feedback, and truly take it into consideration.

  5. Just out if curiosity, has anyone mentioned the salt issue to the proprietor?

  6. +1.
    Went there for lunch with some foodie work friends after reading the reviews. It was just “ok.” Nothing really to go back for. May have to follow twinwillow’s advice and try Taco la Banqueta.