Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant

For months, a friend had sung the praises of Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant a Maple Avenue Tex-Mex joint in which he practically grew up (his family ate there weekly).  We knocked back beer as we sat in the back room non-taco items obscuring the booth table.

All of it was run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex. Well, almost all of it.

What my buddy “really, really” wanted me to try was “the amazing puffed tacos. They’re the bomb, dude,” he declared with much verve.  “Brilliant!” I would expect a popular dish such as the puffed tacos at a family-owned and operated Dallas institution since 1969 to be brilliant, yes, and served by a knowledgeable staff.

When I asked the Latino waiter what was the proper method of eating a puffed taco, I was told, nonchalantly, “I have no idea.” He wasn’t raised as a Mexican-American in Texas. The waiter was from Mexico, where the slick bowl of greasy tortilla brimming with under-seasoned “taco meat” ¿Qué tal, expired ground beef? Hola, chicken jerky!) and bodega-quality tomato and lettuce was as alien as mole is to Puerto Ricans.

Mushy and far from a simplified definition of a taco, a handy snack, the puffed taco was, contrary to my dear friend’s opinion, an embarrassing element of Tex-Mex deserving of exile.

If you want a puffed taco done perfectly—yes, perfectly—I suggest Desperados Mexican Restaurant on Greenville Avenue. There, you will have a puffed taco platter (utensils not required) executed with religious discipline, the signature and never-failing Desperados Tacos.

Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant

4617 Maple Ave.




Filed under Maple Ave., Oak Lawn, Tex-Mex

2 responses to “Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant

  1. Thanks for telling it like it is, José.

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