This is my first gas station taco review and it’s a good one. In fact, it is about my personal reigning champ in the taco and fuel stop restaurant category. I’m also sure that those who love the city’s favorite, Fuel City Tacos, will find it a bit surprising that I’m selecting this lesser known location before having shared my thoughts on Fuel City, but don’t worry that review is coming very soon.
I can’t recall how I exactly found La Paisanita Taqueria Deli. Sure it’s close to the North Park shopping mall, but it’s not in a particularly great side of the I-75 freeway, nor is it so close to Central Market grocery store that I would’ve naturally stopped here for gas. So I can’t recall how I found it, but that no longer matters because I find myself visiting it quite often when I have a full hour for lunch. Yes, I’ll drive all the way from downtown Dallas to this Chevron gas station for a plate of tacos to go. It usually takes me a good 40 minutes round-trip.
So what’s so good about La Paisanita? Is it the atmosphere? Nope since I constantly find myself checking to see if someone stole my car while I wait for my to go order. Is it price? Nope, the prices are typical. Is it a particular meat? Nope, I tend to order the simple fajita meat, while good doesn’t necessarily make the taco.
What makes this my favorite place thus far in Dallas is the combination of a few key things.
Tortillas: I always order corn wherever I go and La Paisanita uses great tortillas that they liven up on the grill before putting the taco together. Any good Mexican chef knows you need to quickly cook the tortilla to give it some life. A little oil helps a lot.
Salsa: They offer two: Green and Red. The red (roja for those of you who remember first year Spanish) salsa is the hotter of the two and has a great, almost creamy texture to it with plenty of red pepper flakes.
Sides: Of course I order mine with cilantro, onions and a lemon, but here they also give you a side of grilled onions and a charred jalapeno. Note, I would prefer a lime over a lemon.
Together all of this makes for an excellent gas station taco. Plus I find the people here always keep the cook area spotless.
So go try it out and please I invite you to steal my current Foursquare mayor-ship, but not my car.
Gas Station: Chevron
Address: 8209 Park Lane Dallas, TX 75231
Rating (5 out of 5 oil drops):