When no was looking, the taco conquered the world. The antojito, or snack, defined simply as a tortilla wrapped around a filling with a shot of salsa, can be found in myriad variations around the globe. But it’s more than that. The taco is a symbol of possibilities, adaptability and endurance, and one of Mexico’s national dishes. It is Mexico’s gift to the world. When I eat a great taco, I eat a world-silencing food. And I want to learn as much about it as I can by reading, listening, traveling and eating, of course.
This taco blog documents the journey with reviews, news items and the like, from New York to San Diego, with most of the content focusing on tacos and taco culture in Dallas and North Texas. Originally a weekly feature on the Dallas Observer food blog, City of Ate, the Taco Trail went independent in May 2011 on Blogger. However, here, the taco blogging gets a bit more serious.
José R. Ralat
“Indispensable guide to taco cuisine” José R. Ralat is the food editor of Cowboys & Indians, the premier magazine of the West. Two of his noted features for the Dallas-based glossy covered the Indian fry bread taco and South Texas barbacoa. Ralat also maintains this nationally renowned Taco Trail blog for which he has visited hundreds of taquerias, trucks, stalls and restaurants. He has written for national and local print and online media outlets, including New York Press, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Imbibe. He also co-edited the December 2015 Texas Monthly “The 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die” feature. For the package, he created the evaluation sheet to be used by the team, he visited 10 cities, and contributed several pieces of writing, including co-authoring the introduction. He is also the first food writer to publish a survey of Santa Fe’s tacos.
Ralat is sought after for his authoritative and expansive knowledge on the local, regional and national taco scenes. He has been featured by Remezcla, Telemundo, and the James Beard Award-winning First We Feast websites, which said of him: “If there’s one person qualified enough to lead you to the promised land of tacos in Texas, it’s José R. Ralat” and has been called a “[t]aco connoisseur and undaunted investigator of all things wrapped in a tortilla” by Eater Dallas. The New York Times has called Ralat “an expert on the folklore of the taco.”
Tips, threats and tacos can be sent to RalatMaldonado AT Gmail dot com. You can also follow the Taco Trail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or check out Cowboys & Indians magazine, where I’m gainfully employed as the food and beverage editor.