Taqueria El Infiernito is a bright red building with an awning over several outside stools and an eating counter that provides a good place to eat if you’re not in a hurry after fueling up. The tacos are excellent if you’re a fan of a greasier taco shell wrapping around a beef fajita, pastor, chorizo, carnitas, chicken, lengua, or barbacoa topping.
I went with the beef fajita, pastor, chorizo and carnitas tacos all on corn tortillas with chopped cilantro and onions. My order included a charred jalapeño, grilled onions, a couple lemon wedges, and three different salsas.
The tortillas are a dark corn that taste like they’ve been soaked in oil all morning, a good thing in this case. They remind me of another personal favorite, La Paisanita Taqueria Deli. The carnitas tasted amazing when combined with the double-ply corn tortillas and a few drops of the salsa roja. The pork is lean and moist – the exact way you’d want pulled pork to taste like – as if it fell cleanly off the bone with no effort by human hands. Continue reading "Gas Station Tacos: El Infiernito at Webb Chapel Road"1 Comment »
Leo & Churro Taqueria has ousted my favorite al pastor gas station taco from Abierto. The roasted pork spit behind the cash register deserves respect, and respect it I did by ordering a couple al pastor tacos. I added a couple additional options too, including a beef fajita and my first gas station lengua (tongue) taco.
The al pastor tacos are amazing. The meat is a long, thin cut of pork with caramelized fat giving it a rich almost bacon-like flavor that is incredibly flavorful with some squeezed lime juice, onions, and cilantro. The homemade salsa roja adds some additional flavor making it one of the best gas station tacos in Dallas.
This was only my second time trying lengua. My first experience was at El Guero (renamed now to Tacos La Banqueta) where a couple lengua experts directed me. For lengua, El Guero is amazing. The tongue tastes like a slow roasted meat that is tender and flavorful. The lengua at Leo & Churro Taqueria is sliced into chunks and doesn’t have the tenderness of El Guero’s. The lengua is flavorful and not overcooked. It’s definitely worth trying, and if you’re a lengua fan, please let me know what you think as I only have one reference point.
Finally the beef fajita taco was tender and flavorful, rounding out one of my best gas station taco experiences. I look forward to trying the other choices: chicken, carnitas, barbacoa, chicharron (fried pork), tripitas (tripe) and desebrada (shredded beef).1 Comment »
There are a lot of choices around downtown Dallas when it comes to gas station tacos. Drive 20 minutes north and you’ll have a difficult time finding anything other than a McDonald’s, Whataburger or Subway serving food at the pump. Fortunately, coming back from a Saturday morning drive to Keller, Texas I waited at a traffic light near a Texaco that advertised tacos and burritos.
After a quick u-turn, I entered a rather busy gas station that had a small line waiting to order Mexican food.
At first, the $1.49 taco price looked like a bit of suburban price gouging compared to the inner city where most street tacos are $1 – $1.25, but after I received my order I could see why they were priced a bit higher than normal. The tacos are fairly large, similar to what you get at El Si Hay in Oak Cliff. Each taco is served with two tortillas. The corn is flavorful and durable. You’ll have no ripped tortillas with ingredients spilling out. Best part is that they taste great and were a high point of this taqueria.
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It’s fascinating seeing the state of each gas station taqueria. Some are highly evolved like Fuel City; they have a full staff and even a freeway billboard advertising tacos over gasoline. Some are less evolved, and this particular taqueria feels like it is either in its infancy or is in a state of life support.
The gas station market is small and narrow, leaving barely enough room for one dine-in table with a few chairs. There is a full kitchen in back where a line of crockpots are filled with various meat choices each day.
There is no menu or pricing stated, but tacos are $1 each and you simply ask the cook what’s in each crockpot. The day I was there, the options were chicken, beef fajita, chicharones (fried pork rinds), stewed beef, and beef tongue. I went with a couple beef fajita, chicharones, and stewed beef tacos.
I asked the cook for corn tortillas, though; she had just made a small batch of flour tortillas. She then proceeds to open a plastic bowl with a corn meal paste and presses several corn tortillas. She heads to the cooking surface to cook the newly made tortillas and adds the meats per my order. I ask for some onions and cilantro, but am told there is none. A small stack of red and green salsas in plastic to-go containers are at the counter and I take a few with my Styrofoam container.2 Comments »
A wet Thursday afternoon made for the perfect day to find the much sought after chupacabra (not the mythical goat sucker). Instead, Chupacabra’s the taqueria found at the corner of Ross and Fitzhugh in Dallas.
It was a quiet afternoon with only the cashier and cook in the market. There are several tables inside and a full menu of the typical taqueria options: tacos, tostadas, burritos, and tortas. Plus, there are several ice cream creations one can order too.
It would be shameful not ordering some cabrito (baby goat) at a place called Chupacabra, so I went with a couple goat tacos, some beef fajita, pastor (pork), and finally a chicken taco.
The homemade corn tortillas here are large and dipped in a decent amount of oil to refresh them before serving. Perhaps they were out of containers the day I went as the salsa roja was served in a ziplock sandwich baggie along with a baggie of lime wedges.
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There is no name for the taqueria inside Andy’s Food Mart at the Phillips station on Fitzhugh Avenue. There is no menu and hence no prices and there is very, very little English spoken here.
No one was in the kitchen, so I asked the mini mart cashier what’s available and was told beef and chicken fajita. A moment later a nice woman took my order and told me “no chicken.” Okay, how about four beef tacos then or do you have pastor? She shook her head yes and I ordered 2 beef and 2 pastor tacos on corn tortillas.3 Comments »
It was a beautiful day in mid-January when our family enjoyed a walk around the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s Dinosaur exhibit. Heading back to the freeway, driving the side roads of McKinney, we passed a couple gas stations. The side of a Shell station had a large “Tacos 99¢” sign on a window. There was no other signage or even a name for the food stand inside the service station, but inside was a diverse selection of breakfast, fried burritos, hot dogs and tacos.
Several trays of meats rested behind a glass food service area. Out from the hidden kitchen emerged a young woman asking if I wanted something. Not exactly the friendliest of hellos and no hint of a smile. I ordered several tacos: beef, chicken, pastor (pork), and a lamb barbacoa all on corn tortillas with cilantro and onions.
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Not long ago I was tooling south on Central Expressway and I caught a quick glance of what looked like a taqueria sign next to a Valero Gas Station. It was tucked back off North Central just past the High Five (where 635 and 75 intersect).Weeks later I returned and tried to find the Valero station but not even Google Maps could find it. I ended up eating at a nearby favorite Taqueria Dulce.
The next time I made my passage down 75, I spotted another landmark: there’s a Motel 6 near the Valero. Google Maps found the motel (even without its light on) and led me to La Casita. The taqueria is nestled between a market and tax preparation business. It does not share interior space with the gas station. La Casita offers a few tables draped in blue vinyl tablecloths with some tall counter space for solo diners.
Advertising a taqueria that operates in gas station comes in many forms. Usually there is some sort of signage to the side of the station’s mini-mart letting visitors know that tacos are sold inside. Sometimes y are you might find full-scale restaurants attached to the side of a service station market like the one I recently discovered in Marble Falls, TX. Some stations just post a small sign next to their current gas prices.
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One night after a Texas Rangers game I passed a gas station with a bold sign with a red habanero pepper announcing: Habaneros, Taco Revolution. Several weeks later I returned to find out what the revolt was all about.
The weekday lunch crowd was active with people stopping by just for the tacos which is always a good sign. I found plenty of graphics and promotional signage inside the taqueria. Someone spent some good money at Kinkos giving Habaneros a professional, almost fast-food chain look. Fortunately, the staff didn’t consist of teenagers asking if I wanted fries with my order.
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And it took them this long because? Fuel City, once the most undiscovered street taco in Dallas, is now the most overrated street taco in Dallas. And they have a patio and a PR agency to prove it.
Did you know the recipes for the tacos originated in Durango, Mexico? Read all about it. (Bonus point: Do we still have presses to stop?)
Yelp is a great resource for finding hidden gas station taco locations. Awhile back, El Regio Taqueria came up in a search, but it had a single and sad 1-star review. The reviewer commented: “Someone give me mint! I can’t get the taste out of my mouth!” I can’t say I was too excited to try it.
I’m glad I did.
First of all, El Regio Taqueria is no more. There is still a gas station taco restaurant inside, but it’s now called Tacos 4 You. What’s most impressive is whatever was said on Yelp is no longer valid. Tacos 4 You makes good food. However after eating any taco, a breath mint isn’t a bad idea.
The taqueria is tucked behind the gas station’s mini-mart register and a check cashing business. There are 4 tabletops with red vinyl stools where one can sit down and eat. There is also a dine at counter that shares space with the cash register. Quite a few customers stayed and others grabbed carryout around 11:30AM when I placed my order. The staff, a man and woman who spoke some English, worked together getting everyone’s orders ready.
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Under a red awning with white lettering reading “El Tacaso”, a red metal curtain covered what looked like an outside order window. Walking up to the Shell mini mart I wasn’t certain the taco stand still existed, but that thought was soon whisked away as I entered and noticed three small tables and a decent line of regulars ordering gorditas, tostadas, and of course tacos.
The place is quite nice inside with an exposed kitchen directly behind the cashier. Everything was very neat and a wire rack stood with several fresh ingredients including stacks of tortillas and large bags of onions. Customers kept pouring in too. Besides Fuel City, this is by far the busiest gas station taqueria I have been to in Dallas.
With a steady stream of semi-trucks, Ram trucks and Ford 150s El Tacaso is in a great location active with a bustling customer base who appreciates a great tasting, quick and easy lunch destination. It was quite apparent how many regulars come here daily. For example, as I was placing my order the cashier also took the orders of two people behind me with barely a word exchanged other than a hello and smile as the men proceeded to pay, undoubtedly with exact change.
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I walked into the Flash Mart convenience store located on Walnut Hill at I-35 and turned to my right. I walked over to a purple wall with a door. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I exited the mart and walked across the store front passing a small wine section that must have been what the door inside was all about and then came to a glass door leading into Taqueria el Guache. Continue reading "Gas Station Tacos:Taqueria el Guache at Flash Mart in Dallas"1 Comment »
Chorizo tacos are underrated. I love it when I find chorizo on a taqueria menu in a gas station and Taqueria Cholula has no shortage of chorizo and other options for the taco fanatic. You’ll find at least 14 types of tacos here: beef fajita, chicken, pastor, and barbacoa. The day of my visit they were out of two.
Taqueria Cholula, located in the Conoco Station at I-35E and Royal Lane, is the first place I’ve found that serves suadero, a thin cut of meat from the breast of a cow. Sorry, I didn’t try it. I really wanted to try the chorizo and I also ordered beef fajita, pastor, and barbacoa tacos on corn tortillas with chopped onions and cilantro. My carryout order also included some salsa roja, more orange than red, and salsa verde.2 Comments »
I live a food paradox. At home I cook using fresh, mostly organic and try to buy local as much as possible. We also p alurchase all of our meat from Burgundy Pasture Beef a ranch in Grandview, Texas that raises grass-fed animals. Our chicken comes from another local source, Windy Meadows Family Farm.
As part of our pursuit to eat local and to know where our food comes from, my wife recently heard about an unique Farmer’s Market. It’s called Eden’s Organic Farm and refers to itself as the “Home of DFW’s first All-Clean, Real Food, Real Farmer’s Market Day!” It’s located about 25 minutes from Dallas in Balch Springs. We hit the road. Continue reading "Gas Station Tacos: Taqueria Los Delicious in Dallas"5 Comments »
Dishers, Christopher Baccus is back. He’s a taco junkie and blogger. Not just any kind of taco, primarily those found in or near gas stations. Last week he took you here, this week he takes you there.
I am fortunate enough this week to be driving around in a Chevy Volt, the electric gas engine vehicle from General Motors, designed to make less frequent gas station stops. After a couple days of driving, I’ve only put 3 miles on the car using the gas engine; the rest has been all electric powered leaving me to wonder if someday my blog will become “Electric Charging Station Tacos.”
Fortunately, I knew just the place to take the Volt even if I didn’t need any gasoline.
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Dishers, meet Christopher Baccus. He’s a taco junkie and blogger. Not just any kind of taco, primarily those found in or near gas stations. We love to shine the light on folks fixated on food . Here’s his story and his first review of gas station tacos.
“I love to cook, but I enjoying eating even more. At home, I use local ingredients whenever possible and we buy all of our grass-fed meats from a small, local ranch. When I’m not at home cooking, I enjoy authentic ethnic cooking over an elegant gourmet meal. I’m a serious car nut and love tacos. After moving to Dallas last year, I kept finding great taco stands in local gas stations and after about the third meal my wife turned to me and said, “You should really start a book or blog about this.” I looked at her with a big grin and said, “Are you really encouraging this behavior?” A month later that I started the blog.”
Gas station Taquerias are often not located in a desirable part of town. Pulling up to a such gas stations in a flashy bright red convertible also has its drawbacks. My visit to El Tacaso at a Fina Station on Harry Hines was one of those time where it worked against me.
I began filling my tank and walked over to the outside counter of the taco stand covered by a faded blue awning. As I approached, a homeless man missing most of his front teeth and wearing a “Tap it and They Will Come” t-shirt asked me for some change. I hadn’t even placed my order yet and was in possession of a single $20 bill.
When it was my turn to order, I went with 2 fajita beef, 2 pastor, and 1 chicken taco all on corn tortillas with cilantro and onions. The “gentleman” next to me waited for my change of $13.75. I guess he figured he’d get a chunk of it by telling me how nice the two ladies who work the Taqueria are and how the people who run the gas station are “not so nice.”10 Comments »