Two Yankees Reporting back...
First of all thanks to all who gave recommendations of where to eat! Since we were being hosted by family we didn't have as much control over where we ate, and missed out on a lot of recs, but here's our report...
Lunch at Ojeda's... I had a very tasty chicken enchilada and beef taco. DC enjoyed his tacos 3 ways immensely. Based on the few bites I snagged, the brisket taco was a big hit. Served with roasted onions and pepper strips. Also enjoyed the salsa in a jug, very flavorful. Queso was extremely weak, almost watery, and the chili reneno (sp?) on my combo platter was way over breaded and heavy, not good at all. Terrible margarita. 50/50 here.
Lunch at Taco Diner: I though this was very good for a chain food, we had the spicy version of the fish tacos and more brisket tacos. We would be quite happy if this chain would come north! Also liked their 2 salsas and guac. 2 thumbs up.
Beers at the Ginger Man: we much preferred the down town location to the plano strip mall location. The old house was quite charming, and man what a draft lineup!
We struck out at the farmer's market...it was a monday so both Paul's Roasted Corn and Pecan Lodge were closed. :(
El Paisa Taqueria on Harry Hines. Total Dive and our favorite stop of the whole trip! 3 tacos...al pastor, carnitas and chicharrons. I was no go with the texture of the chicarrons, but DC said they were fabulous. Pastor and carnitas, so tender and flavorful and the salsa bar had some excellent options. Also got my elote, which I had missed out on at the farmer's market; it was oozing with butter and mayo, super sweet and had a nice kick from the hot sauce they passed us in a plastic bottle. 5 star dive bar!!!
Tacos Toluca on Harry Hines was our last stop on the way back to the airport. After El Paisa, it was a bit of a let down, but we still mowed down a couple of al pastors, carnitas and one last brisket taco....Now if we just need to introduce the brisket taco to the north east!!
10091 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220
432 Grand Ave, Southlake, TX 76092
Thanks for the report back! Don't think that happens frequently enough here, regardless of the results.
The 'nicer' Tex-Mex places like Taco Diner aren't bad imo but you're paying extra for the ambience. My favorite salsas (other than my own!) are actually all from Tex-Mex places instead of real Mex.
Seems like chicharron comes two ways... either crisp and bacony or braised and gelatinous. I've enjoyed both textures but also had less than stellar experiences with both styles as well.
So did you order any Horchata to drink while you where at the taco joints? My nephew loves to try and order it at "Mexican" places in and around Boston. They look at him like a space alien. On the other hand you just can't get fried ravioli in DFW so it all balances out.