Searching for the Best Mexican Food Joint in Dallas: Urban Taco Review
Written by Mica Mackenzie
Ah… Urban Taco...where to start…
I guess the best place to begin would be to tell you how I even stumbled upon Urban Taco, a Dallas modern mexican food joint, in the first place. To my recollection, I first ate at Urban Taco on April 28, 2018. Just kidding, there’s no way I could have remembered that! Luckily, I had taken a picture and put it on Instagram that day, so I was able to go back in my feed and check the date.
Anyway, my boyfriend and I were walking around Mockingbird station going to all the shops and we decided we wanted to get something to eat. Neither of us had ever had Urban Taco, but whenever we did first see it, we thought it looked really trendy and modern, so we decided to give it a go. Little did we know that it would have us hooked from the first bite of their salsa and eventually become one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas!
To start off your meal, I would recommend getting the salsa trio. For only $3.50, Urban Taco will take you on an actual trip to some of the best flavor combinations you’ve ever tasted. You get to choose three from these twelve salsas:
roasted peanut habanero
avocado lime crema
black bean & corn pico
poblano pepita pesto
salsa verde cruda
Hunter (my boyfriend) and I always go for the salsa roja, salsa verde cruda, and the jalapeño avocado. I’d recommend going for these three your first time because they are absolute dynamite.
The jalapeño avocado resembles a guacamole but with only finely diced jalapeños in it, but WOW I can’t tell you why it’s so damn good, but it just is!
The salsa roja is what you would usually expect from that type of salsa, except the depth of flavor (and the fact that it’s the most mild of these three salsas) will keep you coming back for more!
The salsa verde cruda is the epitome of freshness, spice, and tang. I felt like my mind was opened to a completely new breadth of flavors when I tried this salsa for the first time. Man, though, that shit is spicy!
Although these three salsas are my favorite, one time they were out of one of them and we got the avocado lime crema instead. The lime was very straight-forward and it was an interesting experience to feel like I was eating this green-sour cream-lime bomb with a chip, but somehow it worked. It was a great way to cut the spice of the other salsas and cleanse the palette.
The chips also play a part in the greatness of this starter because they are salty and have some sort of lime seasoning added to them that gives off this tangy flavor every few bites—a perfect addition of flavor to any of these three salsas.
As far as their main dishes are concerned, I’ve had a few different items on their menu in the many times I’ve been back to Urban Taco since that first time in April. My favorite things to get here are the taco plate (includes three tacos and two sides) and the empanadas (there are chicken, vegetarian, and beef options).
Just a quick interlude here: If you decide to eat there please don’t judge a book by its cover when they bring out the plate and you see the portion size. It definitely does look small, I won’t lie, but realistically, I have never been able to finish the full meal—let alone leave hungry.
Something I really appreciate about Urban Taco is the diverse menu. From salads to soups to tacos and finally to desserts, there’s a little something for everyone here! I have at least 5 other menu items that I’m dying to try!
I’d also like to talk about two sides in particular: the rice and beans. I could eat one hundred pounds of them (I’m pretty sure!)! They are honestly the best rice and beans I have ever had and even if my entree doesn’t come with sides, Hunter and I always order them on the side to split. So, take note! Don’t leave Urban Taco without trying their rice and beans!
To be completely honest, the service can be a bit hit or miss at this location. There aren’t many servers on hand so if it’s busy, expect a wait time. I can assure you, though, it’s definitely worth it!
Hunter and I have had a few servers who were fantastic and were always thinking a step ahead, and there were others who made us sit with empty drinks for five to ten minutes. It’s not something that adds to the experience here, but more something I try and look past, since the food is so good.
Decor and Overall Aesthetic
Right off the bat, the aesthetic of the restaurant catches your attention. The sign is bright and very modern-looking. Everything is decorated in neon colors (even the straws are neon!) and there is unique artwork all over the walls. I especially love the blend of modern vs. industrial they have going on inside.
All in all, I love Urban Taco..but how much, exactly?
I’m going to have to give it an 8 out of 10.
With it being reasonably priced and so modern in concept, Urban Taco is the perfect hangout for millenials to eat some dank food and experience a creative, artistic environment!
Great job Urban Taco and I’ll be seeing you again soon!
Mica Mackenzie is the founder and CEO of The Quiet Nonsense, LLC. She currently lives in Dallas with her boyfriend, Hunter, and their goldendoodle puppy, Ted! Her dream is to see the growth and success of her alternative entertainment company, QN. She’s obsessed with all types of things philosophical and scientific and has a huge heart and passion for those struggling with mental illness. Feel free to keep up with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.