Review: La Casita

La Casita TacosLa Casita is tucked away off North Central Expressway where 635 and 75 meet.  In a moment of gas station taco serendipity, I caught a quick glance of what looked like a taqueria sign one day driving south on 75.  Weeks later I tried finding the Valero gas station only to fail, Google Maps couldn’t find the Valero station, and ended up at a nearby favorite Taqueria Dulce.

Not giving up I spotted a Motel 6 near the Valero while driving down 75 last week. Google Maps did find the motel and led me to La Casita.  The taqueria is nestled between a market and tax preparation business.  It does not share interior space with the gas station.  La Casita offers a few tables draped in blue vinyl tablecloths with some tall counter space for solo diners.

The menu here is fairly typical offering a variety of tacos, tortas, burritos, and a few additional options.  Tacos can be ordered  with corn or flour tortillas and filled with tripe, suadero, pastor, beef, chicken, carnitas, barbacoa, or chorizo. I ordered a couple beef and pastor tacos and one suadero all on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion.

The beef fajita tacos are dry and didn’t taste seasoned. They’re thinly sliced beef quickly heated and placed in tortillas.  While the beef tacos were bland, the suadero taco was full of flavor, seasoned properly and could be enjoyed with or without hot sauce; though, some salsa verde nicely accompanied the suadero.

La Casita Inside

The pastor tacos stood out most. Diced into small chunks with just a bit of fat for extra flavor, the marinated pork was rich in color and the depth in flavor was there just not as intense as other taquerias due to not enough chili or garlic.  Regardless, the pastor tacos are a decent choice thanks to the right balance the minimal pork fat provides.

While initially a bit difficult to find, La Casita makes acceptable tacos for the local lunch crowd; however, Taqueria Dulce is a better option that’s less than a mile away.  I will visit again to see how the barbacoa and chorizo tacos are hoping maybe there is more to La Casita than this first visit delivered.

Gas Station: Valero

Address:  13205 Maham Road, Dallas, TX 75240

Rating (3 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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