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Fuel City Tacos

After reading the Texas Monthly cover story on the 59 tacos you must eat before you die I tried taco #1. Has anyone had the tacos at Fuel City on Industrial near the jail, etc.?

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  1. Hum sounds interesting, always up for a good taco.

    1. Was Fuel City the only local place on the list? Was it #1?

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      1. re: snatex

        #1 -- Picadillo taco at Fuel City (Dallas)
        #4 -- Lamb barbacoa taco at Sason (Dallas)
        #6 -- Red snapper taco at Cafe San Miguel (Dallas)
        #17 -- Barbacoa taco at Tijuana Bar & Grill (Dallas)
        #21 -- Al pastor at Pepe & Mito's (Dallas)
        #26 -- Cuadril steak taco at La Duni (Dallas)
        #30 -- Lobster taco at The Mansion (Dallas)
        #31 -- Lengua taco at Taqueria Pedrito's (Dallas)
        #32 -- Garlic beef taco at Fuzzy's (Fort Worth)
        #33 -- Brisket taco at Mia's (Dallas)
        #41 -- Al pastor taco at Taco Diner (Dallas)
        #47 -- Roasted pork taco at Tin Star (Dallas)
        #50 -- Barbacoa taco at Tacos Don Miguel (Fort Worth)
        #51 -- Steak fajita taco at Primo's (Dallas)
        #55 -- Steak taco at Blue Mesa Grill (Fort Worth)
        #57 -- Brisket taco at Rio Mambo (Fort Worth)
        #59 -- Blackened catfish taco at J&J Oyster Bar (Fort Worth)
        #60 -- Pork in salsa verde at Benito's (Fort Worth)

        You can tell something about the quality of the results by the fact that almost none of the descriptions or profiles even mention the quality of the tortillas (and for good reason, if the Dallas picks are representative of the list). And you'd be hard pressed to come up with a more Anglo-centric list of tacos.


      2. don't know about the list or the ratings, but Fuel City's tacos are very good. Going there for lunch today.

        1. Tried Fuel City for lunch today. Tacos are $1.16 each. 5 types - Picadillo, Beef Fajita, Chicken Fajita, Barbacoa, and Pastor. I liked them. The Barbacoa was the best with the Beef Fajita and Picadillo coming in next best. Chicken always tends to be a little blah but it was ok. The pastor was a little too picante for my taste.

          1. I picked up some picadillo and pastor tacos on Sunday and my car still wreaks of onion. I don't recommend taking them back to the office but they were quite good. My favorite, however is the lingua taco from Mexico Lindo in Terrell. Those are really great.

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            1. re: berlin

              Interesting one of my favorite places is Dos Aces in Terrell. Where is Mexico Lindo located in relationship?

              1. re: irodguy

                Mexico Lindo y que Rico is located on Highway 80 on the same side and close to the Oakland cemetery gate. I think there's a tire store between the restaurant and the cemetery. Look for "TORTAS" painted in big letters on the window. I haven't worked my way thru the whole menu but their food is freshly prepared and very tasty.

            2. I was going to add this to the late night list; i've been going there for years, and I love it! I like the barbacoa and the chicken best. Have you guys had the corn that the corn lady sells?

              1. i will say, i've had a lot of tacos in my days...but hands down, fuel city is by far the best. if you've never had tacos at fuel city, you haven't lived. its a no-frills hole-in-the-wall...literally. every taco they crank out is excellent. my personal favorite is barbacoa or picadillo with lots of the red salsa, limes, and grilled onions! you will not be disappointed and you can get full on less money than a gallon of gas. for best results, in the ice cooler to the left is mexican cokes. very good combo!

                1. These tacos are amazing! Who knew you could get a "roadside taco" right here in Dallas! I had the chicken and the beef - with everything. Theres no where to sit and I couldnt wait to get home, so I ate them in the car while driving (EWD). Would advise against that if you dont want your car to stink for the next couple days, or if you dont want to get pulled over but yes, they are THAT good.

                  1. In the last year, I've certainly heard great things about Fuel City tacos. Unfortunately, it being on Industrial Blvd across 35 from Reunion - well, that's not exactly a "destination" area for me.

                    But, I've also heard that El Paisa taco are a very close contender to the much acclaimed Fuel City - and they have many locs around in the suburbs. Closest to me is the location in Bedford at 2801 Harwood, just west of Martin Dr. My favorite was the carnita - moist and flavorful. Also hads: bistek and el pastor, both dry and subsequently not much flavor. Onions, lime, cilantro and sauces were at the condiment bar. Everything was a la carte, so with chips and salsa, guacamole and a drink, the price jumped up to about $8 or 9. But the tacos themselves were only 1.25/ea - definitely a deal.

                    Also on the menu at El Paisa are plate lunches, tortas and breakfast burritos.

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                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      I love El Paisa. I go to the one in the old Shell station on Grapevine highway. Love their green salsa. They also do nice breakfast tacos.

                      1. re: CocoaNut


                        You might try out the Dallas locations on Harry Hines (2 locations: one close to NW Hwy and the other close to the Harry Hines Bazaar), one on Walnut Hill in between 35 and Harry Hines (down from Wild Turkey) and the one in Carrollton are all very good with the better ones being the Carrollton and Walnut Hill...that is just in my taste tests over several visits.

                        I am surprised no one mentioned (not even Scott in his first post) the tacos at Taqueria El Paisano on Lombardy at Brockbank. It is no relation to El Paisa. They have great fajita and even better al pastor tacos...two taco meats...two tortillas...and two table sauces. That is all you need and they do it very well, in my opinion even better than Fuel City!

                        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                          I haven't been to El Paisa. I like Paisano but imo the best corn tortillas I've had in town were at El Ranchito & El Fuego. El Paisano's were good but bland in comparison to those two. I wasn't that impressed by Fuel City. I need to do more research.

                          1. re: luniz

                            I will agree with you on the tortillas fact Luniz but the meat at El Paisano, al pastor was much better than Fuel City.

                            Best Corn tortillas thick - El Ranchito

                            Best Corn Tortillas Thin - El Fuego

                            Fillings TBD

                            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                              I love Fuel City Tacos. I try to get some everytime I go to Dallas. My only complaint is I wish they put more meat on them. I guess I can ask for more if I want it.

                              Bigray in Ok

                      2. the tacos on harry hines and lombardy are AMAZING!
                        the best taco's i've everrrr had!!!
                        :) What is the place called though?

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                        1. re: lorabora


                          It is actually Lombardy at Brockbank....Taqueria El Paisano

                          They are the best....the al pastor still have yet to be beaten

                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                            I agree LewisvilleHounder....

                            The original is actually called "La Paisanita". It started inside a supermarket on Maple and Lucas. A while back, they moved across the street where it now stands. "El Paisano" taqueria on Lombardy is in the same family of owners (sisters, I believe). I have to agree that El Paisano/La Paisanita has the best al pastor tacos around. Each taco is $1.15. Their green and red salsa for the tacos is also very good. The salsa for the tortilla chips is what puts it over the top. Its spicy, flavorful, and comes out warm, just like it should be. I have tried Fuel City tacos several times and it does not even come close to La Paisanita/El Paisano. Fuel City's salsa is very bland and not spicy at all.