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José R. Ralat is Texas Monthly's taco editor, writing about tacos and Mexican food. He is the author of American Tacos: A History & Guide. José has written for EaterImbibeDallas ObserverD Magazine, ViceCowboys & Indians magazine, Gravy, and other national and regional online and print media outlets. José is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves on the advisory board of Foodways Texas.

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Food & Drink |
April 30, 2020

Why Some Texas Restaurants Will Reopen Friday—And Why Others Won’t

Favorite eateries, including barbecue joints and taquerias, have had to make big decisions—and quickly—since the governor's announcement Monday.

Tacos |
March 26, 2020

Taco News Roundup: El Bueno, el Malo, y el Feo

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re kicking off our inaugural biweekly roundup of taco and Mexican food news a tad bit differently than we would otherwise. Instead, we’re taking a cue from our long-running BBQ News Roundup. So first, some good news.El BuenoOur How to Support Your

Food & Drink |
January 3, 2020

Ro-Ho Pork & Bread’s Torta Ahogada Is a Taste of Guadalajara That’s Part Science and Part Art

Jorge Rojo, chef-owner of Ro-Ho Pork & Bread in San Antonio, left the practice of law behind for the crusty exterior and cushion-soft interior of the birote sourdough bread typical of his hometown, Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The 46-year-old’s early study in baking was of the practical,

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