In 2008, Leonardo Spencer opened the first of three El Tizoncitos in an old Starbucks in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, offering guests a fine example of eats from the owner’s hometown, Mexico City. Lightly seasoned al pastor from a trompo reclined on fresh yellow corn tortilla. Adherence to tradition means the exile of chips and salsa. Here, meals begin with a complimentary ramekin of epazote-scented black beans. Whichever El Tizoncito outpost you visit—we recommend the flagship Cedar Springs location—between the beans and al pastor order the choriqueso appetizer, a flour tortilla trio under a soul-mate coupling of salty and vermillion-staining cheese and chorizo. Ooey and gooey never tasted so dang good.
5150 Lemmon Ave., Ste. 111, Dallas (214-521-0201). Open Sun-Thur 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.–1 a.m.