The Local Oak
We Texans take our crispy tacos seriously. No prefab, straight-off-the-wholesaler-shelf shells for us, thank you very much. Our hearts belong to the freshly fried tortilla baskets bearing throat-tickling spicy ground beef, snappy iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and, of course, matchstick-thin, shredded orange cheese. That’s precisely what is offered at the Local Oak at the edge of Dallas’s Bishop Arts District — but only on Mexican Mondays. The pub in a refurbished twenties-era building is co-owned by Alycen Cuellar, a member of the extended Cuellar family, the Tex-Mex royalty of El Chico, La Calle Doce, and El Ranchito fame (they also own nearby El Corazon Vintage Tex-Mex). Wash down the Local Oak’s crispy tacos—you need at least two—with the day’s special of $3 cans of Mexican beer.
409 N. Zang Blvd., Dallas (214-946-4625). Open Mon 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Tue-Thur 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m–12 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–3 p.m.