by Steven Doyle
Tacodeli, the Austin-born taqueria by chef/founder Roberto Espinosa and partner Eric Wilkerson, opened its second Dallas location in December at The Hill Shopping Center (corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway).
The fast-casual neighborhood restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, offering a menu of more than 40 made-from-scratch tacos with fresh ingredients – many of which are organic and locally sourced. Sourcing top-notch ingredients has been at the core of the brand since the beginning.
Roberto and Eric are strong believers in local and sustainable sourcing and have long-lasting relationships with local and regional farmers and ranchers. Whenever possible they source certified organic or all-natural products. High quality meats such as HeartBrand Ranch Akaushi beef, USDA organic and certified humane pork as well as no antibiotics and all-vegetarian diet chicken are used. Seafood is sourced from responsible and sustainable fishmongers.
Dressings, salsas and sauces are all made in-house with authentic Mexican flavors. Agua frescas and the dairy-free horchata are made with local produce and organic evaporated cane juice. Chips made with organic masa are also a part of the carefully curated menu. Additionally, the menu is 100% gluten-free if tacos are ordered on corn tortilla.
On a recent visit we were immersed into the growing following that Tacodeli has enjoyed and now understand this comes with very good reason. The tacos here are strong, made with those fresh locally sourced ingredients and given great attention to every detail. Although fast casual, the employees work the floor looking for opportunities to assist guests with any needs, be it more of one of the delicious salsas (we adore the green jalapeno and garlic which is creamy and delicious) or to bring additional menu items.
We ordered a variety of tacos including the Taco Loco which is made of adobo braised brisket, caramelized onions, mushrooms, guacamole, cilantro and queso fresco. The tortillas choice include flour, corn and whole wheat, all perfectly warm and supple, and made well enough to support the great amount of ingredients piled on high.
The El Conquistador is plied with roasted organic pork shoulder, chile pasilla sauce, avocado, cilantro and onions for the win. There are also other pork options, the special the day we visited was a three-day cooked pork belly that has a smooth crispness and large meaty quality.
We brought along our favorite vegetarian to our luncheon and she raved about the Papaldulce laden with roasted sweet potatoes, grilled corn, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, toasted pepitas and chipotle camote sauce. She seriously raved.
We experienced Taco Envy as she laid into the Healther made with a beautifully grilled queso fresco, organic refried black beans, guacamole, lettuce and tomato.
Tacodeli is only open for breakfast and lunch, so a return visit is scheduled to enjoy morning options and the build-your-own breakfast tacos. The list of ingredients are enticing.
We loved the array of sauces, the fresh queso (topped with chopped pork belly and guacamole) and choices of fresh made soups. Thank you Austin for lending us one of your very best.
Jonesing for some of those sauces in your own home? Whole Foods has the lot of them available bottled for take home.