Review: SouthLake Taqueria

There are a lot of choices around downtown Dallas when it comes to gas station tacos. Drive 20 minutes north and you’ll have a difficult time finding anything other than a McDonald’s, Whataburger or Subway serving food at the pump. Fortunately coming back from a Saturday morning drive to Keller, Texas I waited at a traffic light near a Texaco that advertised Tacos and Burritos.

After a quick u-turn, I entered a rather busy gas station that had a small line waiting to order Mexican food.

At first, the $1.49 taco price looked like a bit of suburban price gouging compared to the inner city where most street tacos are $1 – $1.25, but after I received my order I could see why they were priced a bit higher than normal. The tacos are fairly large, similar to what you get at El Si Hay in Oak Cliff. Each taco is served with two tortillas. The corn is flavorful and durable. You’ll have no ripped tortillas with ingredients spilling out.  Best part is they taste great and were a high point of this taqueria.

I went with a couple beef fajita and an al pastor (pork) taco.  Both meat choices were lean and flavorful; though, I’ve had better seasoning on both at other locations.

For a taqueria down the street from Southlake Town Square, it is impressive for bringing authentic street tacos to suburbia. Other meat options included chicken, lengua (beef tongue), and carnitas (shredded pork.)  Of the two, I’d choose the al pastor again and try a chicken or lengua next time.

The salsa roja is homemade and has a rich, spicy flavor any taco fan will appreciate. There is a good amount of chopped onions and cilantro in each taco and a sliced raw jalapeno too.

Now all this place needs is a name.

Gas Station: Texaco

Address: 110 W Southlake Blvd (N White Chapel Blvd), Southlake, Texas 76092

Rating (4 out of 5 oil drops):

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Author:Chris Baccus

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3 Comments on “Review: SouthLake Taqueria”

  1. May 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    They look good.

    • June 7, 2012 at 5:58 am #

      David and I made your fish tacos for lunch today. Since it was cool, sunny, and cloudless, we ate outisde. And although we’re back at work now, we both agreed those plates of fish tacos made us feel for just a moment we were on a Caribbean vacation. (It didn’t hurt that we split a Red Stripe). It’s pretty amazing when a dish can make you feel that way.The only thing I added was a little chopped red onion for crunch and punch, and I set out a bottle of hot red pepper sauce, which we both reached for.Most cooks think they need a dinner party to try a new dish (and for most us, how often is that!?). I love that you created a sassy new entree on a simple weeknight.

  2. June 7, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Fish tacos are a huge thing here in ATX. Obviously, you all should come visit, taste all the best ones, and fgurie out what makes them so great.

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