About y Contact

Welcome to the online home of José R. Ralat, Texas Monthly‘s taco editor. He has written for the Dallas Observer, Texas Highways, D Magazine, Eater, among other media outlets. He was formerly the food and drink editor at Cowboys & Indians magazine.

Ralat is sought after for his authoritative and expansive knowledge on the local, regional and national taco scenes. He has been featured by the New Yorker, Remezcla, Telemundo, and the James Beard Award-winning First We Feast websites. The New York Times has called Ralat “an expert on the folklore of the taco.”

His book, American Tacos: A History and Guide will be published by University of Texas Press in April 2020. Check back soon for a pre-order link.

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.


25 responses to “About y Contact

  1. Have you tried the Taco Stop on Irving blvd?
    don’t miss rib eye taco at lunch & torta with prime rib
    bill f

    • Taco Trail

      I have, but only for a fantastic breakfast. I want to go return before writing a review. Taco Spot is a gem.

  2. Courtney

    Have you tried Yes! Taco food truck in Fort Worth? One of my favorite!

  3. Balbir

    I am a great fan of Taco al Pastor. What is your experience?

  4. Alison Starr

    Do you know much about tamales in Oak Cliff? Have suggestions for the best to get several dozen for Thanksgiving?

    • Taco Trail

      You can try Vera’s Bakery. They might be doing a special batch for Thanksgiving. There’s also the Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Co. I can’t vouch for them though.

  5. Ralat
    Can we connect, just sent you an email. Can you please check

  6. Juan Munoz

    Don’t know if they have a Web site but you can find them on Facebook they are call LA VICTORIA TAQUERIA in Oak cliff you should really try the tacos Al vapor or there trompo its like nothing you have ever tried me and my family have gone the for the past few yrs

  7. David

    Coming into Dallas and wanting to talk to someone who did the event. Will be in big d two days who should I call? Fafigarcia1@gmail.com I’d email and 832.878.1238 is phone or text. Dg

  8. Carlos Acosta

    Check out Rosarito Baja Style Tacos in 2512 Rio Grande near west campus.

  9. When will there be another Great Taco Run?

  10. Steele Wright

    Been savoring my way to blissful delight through your favorite tacos of 2014 list. However, I can’t find address for Dos Primos “Oak Cliff Trompo” despite scouring Google, Insta, and FB. Can you please aid guiding my compass to the trompo?

  11. Well, if you are in Houston on April 18, 2015, join in our Texas Taco Music Fest bike-a-thon which is a Ten mile cruise by important Latin landmarks and murals of the city. Goggle texas taco music Fest and check us out in houston.

  12. Kendra Gonzalez

    Check out Taqueria Tepatitlan in Ventura,California! Bomb micheladas and tacos! @taqueriatepatitlan

  13. kat koehler


    My name is Kat and I am a casting assistant for Food Network Star, one of Food
    Network’s most iconic shows. We are currently casting for season 12 and wanted to inform you that we are holding an open casting call in Dallas on Saturday, November 7th!

    We are looking for those with a captivating personality who believe they’re at the top of the culinary game and want to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking! Please feel free to post this information to your website, or forward on to anyone who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own cooking show! Any help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated!

    Please find the details of our event below:

    Dallas, TX Open Casting Call
    Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2015
    Time: 10am – 1pm
    Location: The Westin Dallas Park Central
    12720 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251
    Please visit us at http://www.FoodNetwork.com/Casting for additional information or to let us know you are attending!
    *If you cannot make it to this event, check out where else we will be, or submit an application online!

    Attached is a copy of our flyer with further details about our open call. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Thank you so much for your time and assistance and we hope to see you in Dallas!


    Kat Koehler
    Casting Assistant
    JS Casting Inc.

  14. Kevyn Daykin

    Want to talk to you about catering our wedding! Our date is September 24, 2016. Please let me know if you are available and if this is an option!

    Kevyn Daykin

  15. Mica Petersen

    Hello! I organize Thursday lunches for the 8th grade at Providence (Inwood & Lovers), Tuesday lunches for a homeschool group (Northwest Highway & the Tollway), and the Providence Athletic Banquet in May (about 250 people). Chiladas used to do our boxed lunches and banquet but they have closed. We are looking for 18 orders on 1/19, 2,23 and 3/29 for the homeschool group and 19 orders for Providence on 1/21, 2/11, 3/3, 3/31, 4/28 and 5/19. Other people may want to order that day as well. Chiladas would deliver the meals for $7 each. Each box included 2 tacos (meat and cheese only), 1 side, chips & salsa. They would deliver around 11:45. Are you able to do it? If so, I would love to see what we could work out

    Peace and Blessings!
    Mica Petersen
    (972) 392-4686

  16. Have you tried the tacos at C’Viche on Lower Greenville? We would love to have you stop by!


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  19. eaforesman

    Hello! I am a student at TCU and i am writing a story on fort worth taco restaurants. I would love to ask you some questions about taco trends.

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