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With a name including the word "diner," patrons would ostensibly imagine a greasy spoon famous for tacos. That ain't the case. Taco Diner's interior is sleek and modern. Light wood, purple-and-white color scheme, tile bar wall and subdued evening lighting are on par with corporate owner MCrowd Restaurant Group's original concept -- the cuisine of Mexico's capital brought to Texas. Fresh guacamole and especiales de la casa, like the tacos "de brisket" and asados "a la parrilla" are faves. There are several locations, but this one in particular seems like the epicenter of new urbanism in Dallas. There is generally a crowd, and a great patio for people watching -- attractive people watching attractive people.
So we're having lunch at Taco Diner in the West Village. One in our party--the one who is washing down his lunch with shots of Patron and bottles of Negra Modelo--says, "OK, who wants dessert?" We all shake our heads and moan. Who eats desserts these days? They're full of carbs and sugar and sin. We all want to be skinny when we die. Look good in the casket. This gentleman then likens us to female genitalia--not in a complimentary way--and proceeds to order slices of the pastel des tres... More »
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