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WEST DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Trompo is a tiny taqueria that opened in West Dallas in April. In August, food and dining magazine Bon Appétit recognized it as 1 of 50 best new restaurants in the country. It is the only North Texas eatery to make this year’s list.
If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you might drive right past it. The taqueria is next door to a tire shop, inside a bright orange building, with a sign that reads “Tacos” out front. It’s a secret customers like Chris Gibson wanted to keep to himself.
“I would encourage everyone not to come. Because we really like coming here on a regular basis,” he jokes.
Already a hit with regulars, the buzz brought in new customers. So many in fact, that the street taco shop closed its kitchen after lunch, to get ready for the dinner crowd.
“Sorry, Fame Overdose” Trompo explained on its Instagram account.
The eatery is family-owned, offering Monterrey-style street tacos to willing patrons. Its namesake — Trompo—refers to a style of pork tacos marinated with paprika. It’s one of the restaurant’s signature offerings.
“Having attention from bloggers and food critics is a lot of pressure. One of the things we do is we have fun,” says Co-owner Luis Olvera.
Olvera’s team is made up of close friends and family. His business partner is his cousin.
“Sometimes you’ll walk in and order tacos and honestly someone will be wrestling someone else, or we’ll be joking about something funny,” he says.
During the last couple of days they have experienced record business, selling out of most menu items before closing time.
New customer Melissa De Avila stopped by Trompo twice in a span of 12 hours. A menu item she wanted to try was sold out on her first visit.
“We tried the pork and it was outstanding and delicious. We had to come back and try the beef,” she says.
Olvera says he appreciates the shout out from the magazine, but it’s the street cred that he’s focused on.
He says he asks himself, “Do I want to eat it every day? And I eat 10 tacos a day, you can tell. The person I’m trying to please, is the person that comes in through the door.”
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