By José Ralat Maldonado

A man eats a taco. (credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds, if not thousands, of taquerías dot the Mextroplex. From dilapidated roadside shacks to sleek specialty shops, choosing one can be difficult. Go on an adventure with these taco joints.

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Boy’s Taquería
1913 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75224
(214) 946-3738

Surrounded by businesses as disparate as automotive repair shops and churches, this family-owned taco shop in Oak Cliff serves up six tacos for five dollars weekdays, tacos that arrive at your table in fresh, house-made corn tortillas. The restaurant, named after the San Luis Potosi-native owners’ sons, has stellar barbarcoa and lengua. The menu’s magic conceals the interior decorations, like a rusty metal tricycle, but not the personable service.

Tacos El Guero
4500 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 823-1260

Don’t let the exterior frighten you. This matchbox-sized taquería in East Dallas is hands down the best in Dallas/Fort Worth. First timers receive a free, three-bite suadero (brisket cut) taco nuzzled in corn tortillas. Other headliners are the glistening cabeza (cheek) and lubricious lengua. Lunch is a popular meal, with workers and those-in-the-know packing the inches-wide counters. Thankfully, the owners are in the process of opening a satellite branch.

Taco Heads
Behind 7th Haven
2700 W. 7th St.,
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 744-8550

Mother and daughter Christina and Sarah Castillo offer West 7th bar-hoppers an authentic experience on wheels. Grafting family recipes with local classics, the Castillos have hit on something special. That very Texas culinary love, the customizable breakfast taco, is served late into the night, along with can’t have enough napkins brisket, carnitas, pulled chicken and veggies. Request some avocado.

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El Tizoncito
3404 W. Illinois Ave., Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75211
(214) 330-0839


3318 Forest Ln., Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75234
(972) 247-8789

Leo Spencer offers locals a mid-range taste of his native Mexico City’s street fare. After the amuse bouche of black beans with epizote, order the choriqueso appetizer, a basket of tortillas smothered with a blistering layer of chorizo and cheese that oozes delectable vermillion juices. Then, there is the specialty, pastor, roasted on a vertical spit called a trompo, the pork is sliced and served under a bevy of garnishes, like pineapple.

Torchy’s Tacos
5921 Forest Ln.
Dallas, TX 75230
(972) 720-9200

Austin-import Torchy’s began serving its specialty tacos in a trailer park and lit up the capital city with gargantuan cheekily named south-of-the-border sandwiches. Take, for example, the Dirty Sanchez (scrambled eggs, fried poblano, guacamole, escabeche, carrots and cheese topped with poblano salsa) and the Brush Fire (Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapeños, mango, sour cream and cilantro topped with Diablo salsa). Ask for the taco of month.

Hermanos Cruz Restaurant
4525 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 586-6778

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