It has been about twelve years since I have seen this combination of ingredients before me. Twelve long years. Recently a taqueria opened up down the block … Taqueria la Candelaria is the first authentic taco joint I have been to in the Far North Dallas/Richardson area. Heck, the last time I went to any taqueria was back in the late ’90’s early 2000’s when on business to Edinburg, Texas, down in the Rio Grand Valley.
This is no Tex-Mex taco house, no sir …. this is the real deal.
Taqueria la Candelaria is a small family owned restaurant serving Tacos, Huaraches, Alambres and more.The owner tells me that the food is like what you would find around Mexico City.
The menu is simple and straight forward just like the food. Fresh ingredients and simple food is a winning combination in my book.
Tacos come with your choice of the following ingredients
Cabeza (from the Head)
Pancita (from the Belly)
huaraches, Alambres and quesadillas are available with the ingredients listed above.
For the unfamiliar, Huaraches have a fried masa base kind of like an oblong, thicker corn tortilla and are topped with different salsas, onions, potatoes, cilantro and some type of meat protein – chicken, beef or pork and then finished with queso fresco or blanco.
Alambres translates to “wires” or in this case “food on wires” or skewers. So you could get a skewer with meat, onion, chili pepper and cheese or some similar combination. The huaraches and alambres are new to me and I look forward to giving them a try on future visits.
For my first trip to Taqueria la Candelaria I went with something I am familiar with – tacos de bistec – beef tacos.
They were served on warm, fresh home made corn tortillas with sides of cilantro with onion, red salsa, limes and an amazing habanero avocado cream sauce that was perfectly picoso (spicy) – Seriously the best thing I have ever put on a taco. The tacos I had down in Edinburg were about 3.5″ to 4″ across but here they were larger, measuring more like 6″ across. Two of them make for a great, quick lunch. Order three with a cup of soup or beans to make for a filling meal.
I plan on returning to try out the rest of the menu –
The prices are good, around $1.50 per taco and the drink was about $1.99 – I had the pineapple soda – Jarritos Piña.
So, if you are tired of the usual Tex-Mex and want to try some Mexico City style food, then make the time to visit this friendly family owned taqueria. It’s a great way to support the local economy and experience some fresh and exciting food. You will find them in the North East corner of Belt Line and Coit near the Kroger store.