Review: El Rincon del D.F.

Advertising a gas station taqueria comes in many forms. Usually there is some sort of signage to the side of the station’s mini-mart letting visitors know tacos are inside.  Sometimes there are full-scale restaurants attached to the side of a service station market like a recent find in Marble Falls, TX.  Some stations combine promoting the taqueria next to current gas prices.

Taqueria El Rincon del D.F. is more the focus than the gas it sells.  There are all kinds of promotional advertising letting you know you have arrived at a taqueria.  There is the logo of the Mexican restaurant over the gas station’s service bay, the restaurant’s name and tagline in big letters across the mini-mart, and promotional advertising on the windows.  When you walk inside there are 14 tables with 48 chairs dominating two-thirds of the mini-mart.

El Rincon del D.F. (the “D.F.” is an abbreviated designation for Mexico City meaning Distrito Federal – Federal District) even promotes its website over the service pumps.

While I was here for tacos, El Rincon’s claim to fame are there tortas. La Capita de la Torta reads every menu and sign and with over 20 different torta options, torta fans will love this place.

Their taco options are more limited. They offer corn and flour tortillas with the following meat choices: fajita, pastor, chorizo, and suadero (brisket from the breast of a cow.) I ordered 2 beef fajita, 2 pastor, and 1 suadero.

Two containers of salsa verde and several lime wedges filled the takeout container.  The tacos here are $1.50 each which is a bit on the high price side for a gas station taqueria, but they are about 150% the size of a typical $1 street taco, evening it all out.  Be cautious with the salsa verde as it is intense.  It doubles as a paint stripper and taco condiment!

The pastor tacos were meaty with very little fat and included chunks of pineapple with the onions and cilantro.  Flavor was near perfect and one of the better pastor options in Dallas.  The tortillas held up well and with a few careful dunks into the salsa there was little not to like.

It was difficult to distinguish which taco was the suadero among the three beef tacos I ordered, not that it matters as they tasted the same.  The meat was lean with no fat, a good amount of flavor with just the right amount of diced raw onion and cilantro.  A good squeeze of lime and a few dips in the salsa completed a perfectly balance trio of tacos.

After some great tacos, I’m sure I’ll be back for more; however, next time I’m trying El Rincon del D.F.’s self-proclaimed claim to fame – tortas.

Gas Station: Gasco

Address: 2630 Walnut Hill Ln Dallas, TX 75229

Rating (5 out of 5 oil drops):

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Author:Chris Baccus

Just your average guy looking for the perfect street taco in a gas station now that food trucks now have twitter accounts, facebook pages, and $5,000 worth of vehicle marketing wrap.

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3 Comments on “Review: El Rincon del D.F.”

  1. December 9, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Those look good – have to stop by there the next time I’m in the area.

    Thanks for the tips.

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