Articles by José R. Ralat
Oct 19, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Chef Alex Padilla skipped lunch one day, then nodded off. The result is an enormous, one-of-a-kind Tex-Mex burger.
Oct 8, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Taco Cabana has gone too far.
Oct 6, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Ancient, colonial, and contemporary traditions are woven together in Dia de Los Muertos—and baked into the holiday's signature bread.
Sep 29, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
The Mexico City dish remains rare in Texas, but it's starting to take off in Austin.
Sep 24, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: an absurd device that promises to make eating a burrito easier, and Taco Bell's jalapeño pinot noir.
Sep 22, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Nine tips for sampling the state's taco scene without jeopardizing your health or anyone else’s.
Sep 10, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a cheesy dish that's half pizza, half quesadilla.
Sep 7, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Alma’s Paleteria stands out for its emphasis on fresh, natural ingredients.
Aug 31, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus, our recipe for the celebratory dish.
Aug 27, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a new Mexican sushi option in San Antonio, Lubbock's best breakfast tacos, and tacos versus pumpkin spice.
Aug 24, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
For decades, many Texans accepted racist stereotypes that Mexican food was unsafe. Businesses had to emphasize their cleanliness to survive.
Aug 14, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
More and more Texas chefs are reconnecting with their roots by making artisan tortillas from scratch.
Aug 13, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: actor Danny Trejo urges struggling restaurant owners to “stay strong.”
Aug 10, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
The flautas ahogadas at Tacoholics are bathed in salsa verde, drizzled with a zippy crema, and sprinkled with queso asadero.
Aug 6, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
It’s time to think beyond beer and margaritas, says Suerte wine director Celia Pellegrini.
Aug 3, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
One of the nation’s only Mexican-Chamorro fusion restaurants, C Rojo’s serves tacos brimming with mangoes, pineapples, and even coconut.
Jul 30, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a bizarre Trump campaign ad accuses Democrats of "taking away tacos."
Jul 29, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
The truffle of Mexico, this culinary delicacy—sometimes called "black gold"—is treasured by taqueros and chefs.
Jul 27, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Three words: tequila almond croissant.
Jul 23, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Taco y Vino’s homage to the Taco Bell classic, in which a crispy shell is wrapped in a soft tortilla, is comfort food at its finest.
Jul 17, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
And sometimes that’s all you want in a burger.
Jul 14, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
At EaDeaux's Cajun Cocina, the tacos come filled with gumbo, etouffee, or boudin.
Jul 9, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
We won't judge.
Jul 7, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Infused with beef tallow, Michael Wyont's tortillas are the result of his barbecue pedigree and his Mexican American heritage.
Jul 1, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Japanese tacos might seem like a recent invention, but they're actually part of a long and rich international history.
Jun 26, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: Torchy's removes the Republican and Democrat tacos from its menu.
Jun 22, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
This San Elizario family business, which specializes in queso asadero, started in a home kitchen and now has fans around the country.
Jun 11, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus, Torchy's expands to Louisiana and a stroke survivor chooses tacos for his first meal outside the hospital.
Jun 11, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
On National Elote Day, we’re craving the Middle Eastern-inspired za’atar street corn at Locura.
Jun 4, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Nixtamalization is the long, slow, difficult way to make tortillas—and it's helped this business grow a loyal following.
Jun 2, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
After complaints, the owner says he’s not changing the name or logo.
May 28, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a Taco Bell literary magazine.
May 26, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
This smoky, comforting taco recalls the chef’s youth as a migrant farmworker in South Texas.
May 19, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
This taco is so beloved that it was part of a thorny trademark dispute.
May 14, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: the history of Sweden's “Taco Friday.”
May 12, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Classics such as papas con huevos and migas are litmus tests for breakfast taco spots, and this San Antonio shop nails the exam.
May 7, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Nixta Taqueria’s Oaxacan tortillas boosted sales just enough to keep the restaurant from laying off staff.
May 4, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Comedor, Suerte, and Cuchara take takeout to the next level by giving diners an engaging experience.
Favorite eateries, including barbecue joints and taquerias, have had to make big decisions—and quickly—since the governor's announcement Monday.
Apr 30, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Good news for those missing Major League Baseball: you can still get your stadium food.
Apr 28, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
A Grand Prairie beer barn makes sweet and gamey lamb tacos to go.
Apr 27, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Scrambling to become a takeout-only business, Los Molcajetes got a much-needed bump from a viral tweet.
Apr 22, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
The Dallas mezcal bar's new chef rose to the to-go challenge when the city closed dining rooms his first day on the job.
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