I was driving to South By Southwest (SxSW) last Friday morning and checked out Yelp before leaving Dallas en route to Austin, but I wasn’t planning my drive to the hotel or the Austin Convention Center. Nope, I was heading from my house straight to Tierra Linda Taqueria.
Like a lot of gas station taco stands it wasn’t in the best of areas. There was no roadside signage and the only way to know the Shell gas station has a taco stand is to notice the Taqueria sign on the awning of the store. What’s inside was a bit shocking. There is a full grocery store inside with a full meat counter, some fresh vegetables, and about 10 aisles of groceries.
I walked back to the Taqueria and ordered a beef and al pastor with cilantro, onions and hot sauce. The tacos are wrapped in foil with a softened corn tortilla; even though, I asked for only onions and cilantro but the the tacos came with some mildly cooked red bell pepper.
The hot sauce was the best part of the taco. It had a great consistency and packed a decent punch. Unfortunately hot sauce alone does not make the taco.
I’m not a fan of fatty meat so it was quite difficult eating here. The cuts of diced beef had thick cuts of fat and some gristly chunks. Even the al pastor meat was quite fatty but not as much as the beef taco.
This was the first time I couldn’t finish the tacos. I found the unrequested bell pepper and, more bothersome, the fatty cuts of meat made the taco a prime candidate for the round receptacle outside the station’s store. That’s right, the fan of gas station tacos tossed two unfinished tacos into the trash. It’s unfortunate as the hot sauce was excellent but the meat really ruined the taco for me. I could’ve easily picked out the bell peppers (or just enjoy them as I do like peppers, just not in my tacos.)
If you like fatty meats, the tacos here may work for you. For me, I was ready to head to SxSW and find some better food near the Austin Convention Center.
Gas Station: Shell
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