Today I am bringing you Tortaco, a delicious spot on Ross Avenue in Dallas. I first and foremost would like to thank Tortaco and @dallasfoodnerd on Instagram for making this review possible today.
I would like to start by saying that the exterior of Tortaco really draws you in. Have a look for yourself, and be sure to keep in mind city parking! As a suburbs girl, I had to prepare myself 🙂
Pretty cool looking, am I right? Something that really caught my attention when I entered is the fact that the bar is the first thing you see, making bar seating one’s first instinct. As someone who typically prefers to sit at the bar, even if I will not be having a cocktail, I thought the set up here was pretty cool, with the other half of the restaurant being mostly dining style seating.
Have a look at the menu:
Chips were immediately brought me upon taking a seat at the bar. My sweetie loves guacamole and we are always sure to order a side to sample as well (spolier alert- it was delicious with a touch of spice!)
Tortaco is definitely serving some authentic Mexican cuisine. My first thought was to order tacos, and my sweetie opted for a shrimp bowl. The bartender was happy to mix us a whiskey and strawberry puree drink to share, but there was barely any time to have a sip as the food came out SO FAST! I can honestly say that Tortaco is the fastest service I have ever received at a sit down restaurant.
The tacos are a pretty big size, and the ingredients are so fresh. I chose the Burnt Ends brisket taco and Roasted Chicken taco, which were both just dripping with delicious flavor. I feel that the sweet and tangy sauce on the Burnt Ends, and the white sharp cheddar on the Roasted Chicken were the flavors that really made these tacos stand out.
I tried some of the shrimp bowl with sauteed Pacific white shrimp, jasmine rice, and garlic toasted bread. YUM, what am amazing and flavorful combination! I feel this is definitely a fantastic choice for those who may not be as obsessed with tacos as I am.
Dessert was a Creamy Date with homemade date cake, whipped mascarpone cheese, pecans and caramel. I had never had anything like this before and was very intrigued. Mascarpone cheese is defined as being an “Italian cream cheese coagulated by the addition of certain acidic substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, citric acid or acetic acid.” In other words, it tasted like a form of cream cheese. I was very surprised to absolutely love it! The tastes all just blended together perfectly for a unique and taste bud pleasing dessert.
If you are thinking of going to Tortaco during your time out and about in Dallas, I would highly recommend it! Keep in mind they are closed on weekends. Sign up for their mailing list to receive notification on their special events ~