Archive for August, 2012

Rock and Roll Tacos — Deep Ellum

Posted by    |    August 14th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I adore Tacos. I have tried tacos in Thailand, NYC, LA, Dallas, Austin, North Dakota (not the best) and numerous other cities. One of the aspects of the taco place is its culture and the vibe of the joint. In the heart of Deep Ellum, Rock and Roll Tacos serves up some incredible tacos with an atmosphere in the Rock and Roll spirit of Deep Ellum. With a wide range of tacos and other tasty dishes, there is something for everyone.

I was instantly drawn in by the vinyl on the walls of old musicians. The restaurant is adorned with art from local Deep Ellum artists, adding a pleasant Austin feel. In addition, there is a wonderful Salsa bar served in back of a converted pick up truck.

Described as an unofficial partnership with music venue La Grange, both share a bar and have direct access to one another. The back patio is a great place to hang (maybe when it cools down) with tons of space for parties. At night when concerts are in full force, they serve much needed tacos to hungry concert-goers.

Be sure to check out the menu – I tried the Barbacoa and the Tijuana tacos…delicious. They are not too big so I would recommend at least two or three.

Click to view La Grange video.

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Start – A Healthy Drive-Thru

Posted by    |    August 14th, 2012 at 8:30 am

start organic drive-thru greenvilleWe’ve been seeing A LOT of McDonalds lately. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve seen a sponsor dominate that hard. And with those golden arches constantly on my mind, it’s hard not to want to hit up Mickey D’s drive through now and then, especially with their new “Favorites Under 400 Calories” campaign. But I don’t care how you slice it; I still find it hard to believe that eating at McDonalds could ever be a healthy choice.

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Dallas Tradition Keeps Serving Up Greatness

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Dallas is arguably one of the best places to find Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande, and nothing says classic Tex-Mex quite like the century-old Dallas tradition, El Fenix. Since it first opened at its Downtown location in 1918, the restaurant has become a city staple with 17 locations throughout the Metroplex. When it comes time for me to satisfy my fix for Mexican food, particularly after I’ve spent four straight months on the other side of the Mississippi River, El Fenix is the first and only place I turn to.

The best thing about El Fenix is that it achieves amazing taste through simplicity. Unlike so many restaurants that overload their dishes with superfluous spices and sauces which often overpower the dish beyond edibility, El Fenix serves their signature plates in a home cooked style that never ceases to disappoint. After nearly two decades of eating at the one closest to my house, I’ve probably sat at every table at least once and have eaten enough of their extremely addictive corn chips to fill a moving truck.

Outside of its food, however, one of the things that keeps customers coming back time and again, and perhaps a statement of its continuing popularity, is the fact that you’re almost guaranteed to run into somebody you haven’t seen in ages.

With good food, good community, and plenty of locations, El Fenix remains one of the best places to take friends from out of town to, celebrate a special occasion, or have a casual night out. Do you have any memories from eating at El Fenix, or have you yet to make a visit? Post your stories or favorite dishes below!