Linda Smith, Contributing Writer
I learned a lesson last Friday night: Always plan out your trip on the DART. If you don’t, you might find yourself downtown just as the last Orange Line train heading toward Irving is leaving and there won’t be another one coming your way until five in the morning.
Though this turn of events was unpleasant, it is important to remember that good can be found in any situation. My friends and I found our silver lining as we walked down Akard Street and stumbled upon a small restaurant called Taco Borracho. The lights were on, a cook and a cashier stood behind a small counter and the hours posted on the door said that the restaurant was open from 6 a.m. on Friday morning to 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. With a little less than two hours until it closed, my hungry friends and I wandered in.
The restaurant is tucked into the corner of a large building that leases offices and apartments. We found the name “Taco Borracho” (Spanish for “Drunk Taco”) befitting, as many residents entered the main doors of the building looking like they had had a high-balling time that evening.
Aside from the occasional disturbances created by party-goers who couldn’t open the door by themselves, and the fact that the decoration consisted of little more than the signs outside and the bright orange paint on the walls, the atmosphere was pleasant and cozy. We felt like we were away from the hectic city for a few hours as we got comfortable in this new dive.
The menu offers tacos, quesadillas, salad bowls and the like, with the standard options of meats and veggies. What makes Taco Borracho unique is the option for different kinds of salsa and a small bag of chips with each order. If you like a bit of heat and spice, tell them you want the hot sauce. It’s a delightful green salsa (albeit, not enough for the amount of chips you get) that at first tastes mild, but then revs up with spice.
I dug into a shrimp quesadilla with pico de gallo on the side. Each bite was packed with flavor, from the well-seasoned shrimp to the vegetables and cheese inside the quesadilla. I could even get past the fact that there were onions in it, which I forgot to ask be taken out, because it only added texture and taste to the meal.
Maybe we weren’t the best judges of food quality at 1:30 in the morning, but my friends and I are still talking about Taco Borracho. It was a nice place to happen upon, especially so early in the morning, and the trip didn’t hurt our wallets; my meal cost about $11 total, including the drink. It was a great end to the late-night adventure we had embarked on, and we’re planning to visit again.
Located at 300 N. Akard Street, Dallas, Taco Borracho is not far from the Arts District and the many DART stations in the area.