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Just wanted to "share the wealth" and highlight a delicious Mexican restaurant in an area with very few options. If in Plano and craving some tacos (or chile relleno as was the case with me yesterday), head to Taqueria El Torito. They don't get any press on here or anywhere else as far as I can tell but it is definitely worthy. Slightly dodgy but not really any more than any other good taqueria, and certainly less so than El Si Hay. In addition to a delicious chile relleno, they also have some other noteworthy options including: caldo con mariscos y pescados (seafood soup) and shrimp cocktail (mexican style). They also have pretty much any meat option for your tacos including "buche" which I have never heard of. The waitress said it was pig stomach but clearly there was something lost in translation so I'm still not entirely sure. Maybe intestines.

Anyways, just wanted to share. It's on 18th st just east of 75 in plano

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  1. Buche is a pig's neck or esophagus. It is very rich and laden with fat. Pronounced 'butchay'. The intestines are called 'tripa'. I think luniz would like 'ojo', or the eyes of a pig.

    1. Could you clarify what you meant by "an area of very few options"? 18th st is also where Aparicio's is located, plus you aren't too far off Downtown Plano.

      1. DallasDude: Thanks for the clarification. To be honest, I doubted you just now and had to look up tripas as I always assumed it was tripe. Good to know it's intestines. And speaking of Ojo, I recently was in Guadalajara and tried very hard to find tacos de ojo (among other oddities) but couldn't find it. I was bummed but still somewhat satisfied from finding tacos de cessas.

        Air: the "area of very few options" comment was specific to mexican food. I don't know many good Mexican places in Plano.

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        1. re: demigodh

          Places come and go on K Ave between the shopping center northeast of Parker (around the Fiesta) down to 18th and the downtown area. The taco place & seafood place closed I think, the panaderia is still open (probably). Just cruise around that area if you want to look for places that don't serve primarily gringos.

        2. thanks for the heads up. I drive past that place every day on the way home from work, but have not stopped in. Funny that you say there aren't many options in the area. People at my office complain that there are TOO MANY Mexican restaurants on the east side. There's Tico's Tacos about 25 feet from the taqueria you mentioned, there's a taqueria inside of the Fiesta Mart, inside the Supermacado at 18th and K, a taqueria inside the carniceria at Jupiter and 14, Taqueria La Paloma just south of 18th on K, not to mention tex-mex with Aparicios and El Paso.

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          1. re: planojim

            i'm now officially rescinding my "no good mexican in plano" comment. I wasn't aware of all the options in or near downtown plano

          2. La Paloma on Ave. K has amazing Torta sandwiches-try the Hawaiian with their homemade hot sauces-they also have a drive thru.

            1. For Plano, I think my favorite is Mexi-Go. Northwest corner of Spring Creek and Coit. Fot this area it's pretty good, reasonably priced, and there selection is better than most. Try the "Gringas" for lunch.

              1. Thanks for the tip on Taqueria El Torito, I will be sure to try it out!

                Everyone it seems in Plano raves about Aparicio's but I do not care for it at all. Most of the Mexican and TexMex in the North Dallas and Plano area are for the most part really bland. I think you almost have to get down to the barrios to find anything with a little heat and flavor.

                There are of course a few exceptions but nothing as good around here as some of the mom and pops I have had around other parts of the state.

                You know I am almost ashamed to say this but one chain fast food place that is not half bad is Taco Cabana, at least for what it is anyway.

                At one time Mexi-Go sort of became our default Mexican food place just due to the proximity of where we live but it seems to have gone downhill quality wise and we have not been back in awhile. We tried Ojedas off of Coit and Park and it was simply horrendous!

                Rob

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                1. re: RobbnTX

                  Gotta agree wit you RobbnTX-Ojedas is Plano is simply terrible. For good Tex-Mex in Plano, try El Norte .

                2. We like "Rios" on Preston @Genstar for Tex-Mex.. It is technically in Far N Dallas but near enough to qualify for the Plano area.
                  It is a family run place with good food, nice and clean, and you BYOB with no corkage fees.
                  The stripe mall location is nothing special but the restaurant itself is a comfortable little place. The menu is the usual Tex-Mex and has plenty of options, but is not so ambitious as to dilute the quality of the food. They offer various specials at night and have a lunch menu for $7.95 .

                  1. Been to El Torito a few times now and it's been somewhere between ok and great. They come up short on seasoning sometimes (food ends up bland) but the good has been really good. And it's dirt cheap. Service is friendly but a bit unattentive at times.

                    The platters are pretty big, especially for the prices. The carne chilaquiles have been the best thing so far that I've had. The beef was cooked nicely, not too gristly, and the chilaquiles were perfect. The Mexican shrimp cocktails come in a huge glass.

                    The quesadillas are a good deal. I like their warm salsa, the chili dip is a bit strong on the powdered chili taste. Chicharron tacos had almost no meat but the skin/fat was well flavored. A little different from my past chicharron experiences.

                    Chicken Milanesa was pounded very thin (a bit too thin for me) and ended up dried out (but there were three pieces!). Chile rellenos were alright.

                    El Fuego is consistently better but I think El Torito has been worth the look. I'd rather go there than La Paloma (which also has the bland problem). Need to try the taquerias inside the mexmarts.

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                    El Torito
                    3132 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury, TX 76049

                    El Fuego
                    1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

                    La Paloma
                    4900 Main St, The Colony, TX 75056