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Yucatan Taco Stand (Fort Worth)

air Apr 5, 2009 09:31 AM

My friend gathered up a group to come out to Yucatan Taco Stand for his birthday dinner last night. I've seen the words "Mexican Pei Wei" get used to describe how this place is, but it's moreso just for the ordering process. I don't completely agree with those terms since unlike Pei Wei, you do your money's worth at Yucatan Taco Stand. So you walk up, place your order, and they bring the food out to you. If you want anything else, you have to go to a reorder line - and I wish I'd realized this before spending an additional 20 minutes waiting for more beer. My experience would've likely been signifcantly different had I taken the reorder line route. Overall I got the vibe that the service was a bit of a circus. We'd often be asked if a dish/drinks were ours and there were a couple instances where we were left wondering if some of our orders ended up somewhere else.

I ordered 3 fish tacos at $3.50 each, along with a couple pints of Rahr's Bucking Bock. Glad to see them supporting the brewery which is literally around the block, and they've priced the beer quite well at $1.75/pint. The rest of my party ordered an assortment of dishes, one had the enchiladas, one had their Latin style sandwich, and someone also ordered a burrito that rivaled Freebirds' super monster. Someone ordered the chips and salsa, and the chips had this spice powder while the salsa was a little sweet. They worked together pretty well.

I figured my 3 tacos would be enough, but was surprised when they came out and discovered how high they had stacked the veggies. I did like the tempura fried fish in the taco, just wishing they were a just a bit more generous on the portions. I'd stop by here again after a saturday morning Rahr brewery tour, otherwise, I'm pretty content with Taqueria El Fuego in Richardson.

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    atanr Jun 13, 2010 08:06 AM

    I've been once to the FW location, and several times to the Southlake location. The FW location is more put together in terms of service and ordering. I have not been disappointed with the food. Good serving size. I always order the tex-mex veggie grill and a few other appetizers. The beef short ribs are fairly flavorful. My husband likes the paella, seems like a small plate but in the end, really filling. Tortilla soup is also good for a meal, then order a few more appetizers.
    Easy quick ordering, Pei Wei style is ok. But reordering is a big problem. I read from a few posts that you do not have to line up from the front, you can stay on the 'inside' reorder line? This is awkward though, there is not a sign that says so.

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    1. re: atanr
      Liveitloud Jun 14, 2010 10:25 AM

      I have eaten there one time and was very impressed with the grilled fish taco's and the grilled plantains. I wish I knew what was in that red sauce that came with the taco's. That was good stuff

      1. re: atanr
        foiegras Jan 4, 2012 07:35 PM

        FW Magnolia location does have a reorder sign. It's at a right angle to the register on the bar side. What it doesn't say is that it's also for to go ordering. Whenever I've gone, I've always been first in line. My regular order is the shredded garlic beef nachos.

        1. re: atanr
          CocoaNut Jan 5, 2012 05:36 AM

          Driving Southlake Blvd the other day, I noticed YTS appeared to be closed (it sets pretty far off the street). Seeing this post now, reminded me so I called. "No longer in service" is the message received. It's too bad. I thought they were expensive, but it was one of the few places in SL I enjoyed on occasion. During lunch, the place was always crowded, but never went for dinner. Perhaps the high-rent district got the best of them or perhaps they were just too darn far off the highway and no one knew they were there.

          1. re: CocoaNut
            Barbara76137 Jan 5, 2012 06:19 AM

            I ate at the Southlake location once and wasn't impressed. I thought they were overpriced and didn't think the food was that great, in fact I can't even remember what I ordered.

            1. re: Barbara76137
              mrs.brownie Jan 6, 2012 09:09 AM

              We used to frequent that place quite often and there was never anyone in there. Couldn't understand it because the one in FW is so popular. Guess there is too much to choose from in Southlake (if you like chains anyways!) Gonna huge to find a new fix for giant shreaded beef nachos.

              1. re: mrs.brownie
                CocoaNut Jan 6, 2012 09:50 AM

                I don't think anyone realized it was there - it set too far back away from the road. The few people I took there would always comment such "I didn't know this was here".

                1. re: CocoaNut
                  Barbara76137 Jan 6, 2012 04:41 PM

                  I know that in the three years I've lived in Fort Worth "proper" and would drive down Southlake Blvd. all the time, I never, ever noticed the restaurant or even the sign.

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          CocoaNut Jun 12, 2010 04:52 PM

          I stumbled on a Southlake location today. Recalling having scene it on Magnolia in FW a number of times, I stopped in for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed, though overate, my meal. Loved the chips, which are extremely light - almost as though air has been incorporated into the masa. Salsa was pretty ordinary, but as good as most. We ordered 2 apps of empanadas with a ground beef filling and papa rellenas. A good friend is from Columbia and I've eaten her (baked) empanadas many times. I did not expect these (fried) to compare in any fashion - if nothing else, different region of the world, but, still, as point of comparison, they were most flavorful and something I'd certainly order again. I've never had a rellena, so was anxious to see exactly what a fried ball of mashed potato and meat was all about. Ehhh..... that, I could take or leave. Not much flavor save for the chipole. Both came 2 to an order with a fruity mango habanero sauce and an accompanying side of a fresh mixed vegetable "slaw", which added a nice textural difference to both apps.

          For the entree, we split an order of paella - and still have ton of it left over. The order came with 2 ea. of shrimp, clam and mussel, then mixed into the paella was chicken, chirizo and tilapia. With the exception of the clams being really overcooked (to rubber), I was happy overall with this dish which had a wonderful, complex flavor with a perfectly cooked, white rice, although, I'd have to say if saffron was in play, it was at minimum. Definitely worth a do over. I look forward to future visits and trying some of their other menu items.

          Don't know about the FW location, but in SL, there is a segregated full bar with bar stools and a few tables. But you're still responsible for fetching your own liquid refreshments and refills whether of the soft or hard variety.

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            Jrawk2005 Aug 17, 2009 02:16 PM

            i had a great experience here this past saturday, the friends we were visiting suggested the nachos, so we only spent $7.50 for a huge plate of half chicken half beef nachos that was more than enough for me and my girlfriend to share.. very generous portions of meat cheese guacamole and all the other toppings. not a dry chip in the pile. there is a full bar with a large drink selection and fair prices. great place i will definitely make it back to Yucatan Taco Stand... by the way its on magnolia a few lights down from 8th if i remember correctly

            1. LewisvilleHounder Apr 5, 2009 12:17 PM

              I went yesterday also before heading to the Rahr Brewery Tour held every Saturday. I was let down on so many dishes I could hardly even justify the cost. I would say the papas rellenas might have ben the best item I ordered but it fell short also. I have had a Salvadoran papa rellena and it is very different in that it featured a potatoe slice in a very mild tomato sauce with Salvadoran cheese. My wife and I ordered the plaintain crusted mahi mahi, yucatecan fish cakes, papa rellenas and one shredded garlic beef taco. The taco was nicely adorned with a good slaw and cheese but somewhere I missed what was $3.50 about it. I have $1.19 tacos adorned with as much topping but still had great depth in flavor on the meat. The Yucatecan fish cakes were definitely not Yucatecan as they featured none of the flavors from that region. It basically was a canned salmon patty with bell peppers and supposedly a habanero sauce. I felt no burn from the habanero sauce and the salmon cake was a bit fishy tasting. I guess I ordered all the wrong dishes but for the 4 dishes I did I was not pleased by any to say I would make the venture again.

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