Taqueria Las Marias’ counter.
Across from Jimmy’s Food Store, Urbano Café and Spiceman’s FM 1410 in East Dallas but probably using nothing that graces the shelves of those iconic Dallas food businesses in a La Ranchera Mexican Super Market is Taqueria La Marias. The taco counter, beyond the cash register to the left of the grocery’s front door, trades in the standard filling options as well as a few guisados resting in steam trays behind a sneeze guard. Non-trompo pastor and fajita are also on offer, although those take a while longer to serve as they’re cooked to order. Skip them. Go for the guisados. They’re on the left side.
The best of which is the guisado rojo de res, pieces of tender, stratiform pieces of beef no bigger than Knorr bouillon cubes in a mellow coral red sauce. It was gone too soon. The pollo y calabaza, chicken and squash in a lacey yellow sauce, also disappeared quickly, if only to get rid of the dry poultry and mushy vegetable. A shot of salsa verde helped but there was nothing that could rehydrate that bird. Continue reading
After months of positive experiences at taquerias in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, I came across a stinker of a joint. Maybe it’s because I’ve been concentrating on an article about a little considered taco (not the breakfast kind) and have stuck to the familiar or sure things. Maybe it’s because there’s so much great stuff out there. Whatever the reason, El Ranchito #3 remains a dud.
Beyond DFW, there is the wonderful (a new Taco Bus!) and the unfortunate (Huffington Post fails at taco fails!). Oh, and Johnathan Gold goes wishy-washy in his review of Petty Cash Taqueria. Without further ado, this week’s Taco Internet roundup:
Vitamina T: Tacos de Guisado at Ricardo Diaz’s New Colonia Taco Lounge — Los Angeles magazine
Taco Bus opens Brandon location on Falkenburg Road — The Tampa Tribune
Taco Fails: When Bad Things Happen To Good Tacos — Huffington Post
El Centro to Host El Grito de Independencia & Taco Cook-Off — Holtville Tribune
Taco Bell Announces Next Dorito Locos Taco — Ad Age
Fusion Taco Forces Me to Admit I Was Wrong — Houstonia
Las Cazuelas tacos de guisado stand
While Mexico City may not have New York’s skyscrapers, it’s every bit as big — bigger — and its people every bit as busy. Urban life doesn’t always allow for a home-cooked meal. So in DF, the home-cooked meal has come to the street in the form of tacos de guisado. Continue reading
When I interviewed La Nueva Fresh & Hot Tortilleria owner Gloria Vazquez for my D Magazine Best Tacos in Dallas feature, I learned that not only has her family been making tortillas since the late 1960s in their home state of Zacatacas, Mexico, but that between she and her siblings the Vazquez clan owns and operates several Dallas-area tortilla factories.
In an email conversation, Vazquez said, “My father, Arcenio Vazquez Muñoz, opened the first Tortilleria in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, in 1968. Currently in Rio Grande there are six locations of which I am the owner of one, they are all still operating the same way they did when my father first opened them. There are [other] locations in the metroplex owned by my two brothers, which have been opened for nine years.” Aside from the Webb Chapel branch, there is a La Nueva Fresh & Hot in Lewisville but what of the other Vasquez family shops? Some of them do business under the name La Nueva Puntada.
Last weekend, my family and I stopped at the Duncanville location after a camping trip. We were filled with excitement and high expectation, and hungry. Like La Nueva Fresh & Hot, the La Nueva Puntada on Camp Wisdom Road isn’t a restaurant, which is contrary to what the website photo gallery led me to believe. Had junior not been drowsy and had our car not been stuffed with camping equipment, we would’ve eaten our tacos in the comfort of it. Instead we took the food home. That wasn’t the best decision. By the time we got home and opened our Styrofoam to-go containers, the tacos had cooled some.