Friday, October 2, 2015
Taco Casa ~ Keller, Texas
Going to bump this entry up. We're doing a little testing along with Zomato here. As well, it gives us a chance to reformat the entry for one of our favorite fast food places!
Food: Mr. RJG likes his tacos. We mentioned in other posts that while Italian and Thai probably constitute my favorite restaurant experiences, taco places represent my favorite fast food excursion. And I'll boldly admit that it isn't even the authentic Mexican taco / taqueria stand that has been in vogue these last 25 years (though we like those too!). No, I like the good old fashioned American styled, crunchy taco. Taco Bell may be its iconic image, but it's hardly the best representative. Most taco chains are of the regional variety. And I've been to many of them! I've liked tacos since I was a little kid. There are few pleasures in life better than walking off with a sack of tacos, knowing the great taste sensation that comes with the meeting of spiced mush meat, lettuce, cheese, crispy shell and taco sauce (for some reason, I don't like tomatoes in my tacos). If the bag doesn't have a hole at the bottom with orange grease, then you may have gone to the wrong place... Taco Casa isn't the best taco chain I've been to, but I'd put them in the top group. They load up the tacos, so a bag of 5 really fills you up. Lots of cheese and lettuce, and of course meat. The wife likes them too, but depending on her mood sometimes says they have too much meat (how is that even possible?). For regular RJG readers, that's a recommendation right there! The meat is a bit saltier than most chains, but is extremely tasty. Another crucial element of a good taco stand, is the quality of their sauce (in the bottle or packaged). And they have a simple, not too hot, but very good red taco sauce. I would prefer some hotter options, but it's not going to keep me away. Besides, I can always take them home and add my own habanero sauce if so desired (and I never do that anyway).
Location: When we moved to NE Tarrant in 2003, I was thrilled to find out there was one in Watauga. We went there exclusively for years. You'll find this location on Mid-Cities, just west of Rufe Snow. For years, and maybe even today, if you arrived at prime lunch and dinner times, there was a drive-through line around the building. When folks tell me nobody eats this kind of fast food anymore, I just laugh. Yea, sure. Because of this popularity, a couple of more Taco Casa's opened up in Northeast Tarrant in short order: Colleyville (Hwy 26 and Glade - near the Goody Goody and Whole Foods) and then Keller. The latter is the closest for us, and we've been going regularly there for at least 9 to 10 years. The Keller location is on Keller Parkway just west of Pate-Orr on the north side of the road. Because of the story below, I also added a link to the Durant location. And according to the their website, Taco Casa's newest location is in Hurst!
Notes: Taco Casa is a classic regional chain. They are based in Gainesville in far north Texas at the border of Oklahoma. They continue to be in rapid expansion mode, and now are somewhat ubiquitous - especially in Tarrant County. I suppose it's strange then, that I first discovered Taco Casa in Durant, one of only 3 Oklahoma locations. In the early 1990s once a month, my old man got the bright idea of journeying up to Durant, which is located just over the border from Texas, to buy cigarettes from the Indian reservations. Gas was cheaper then (though lately...) and he apparently saved a bundle (God knows he smoked like a chimney). I'd tag along on occasion, especially on lazy Saturday mornings (there was no Mrs. RJG in those bygone days). Also a compliment about their signage: Taco Casa has the perfect retro cornball look, with the big sombrero and handlebar bigote. Awesome.
Hours: Sunday - Thur 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 10am - 11pm