Pastor a la Tuma
While Urban Taco’s taco al pastor alone is worth the trip to the chain’s Uptown flagship, it’s the a la Tuma upgrade that will inspire a return visit. The contemporary taqueria’s homage to the costra—a Mexico City post-nightclub street taco—is named after owner Markus Pineyro’s business partner, John Tuma. The restaurant’s specialty is an innovative assemblage of cheese fried to the outside of fresh yellow corn tortilla, with slivered jalapeño wheels secretly sandwiched between the cheese and shell. The taco is then filled with crimson, adobo-seasoned pork, and topped with a shaving of pineapple and a warm wedge of avocado. The few bites it takes to devour the costra are punctuated by the biting back of the hidden chiles.
3411 McKinney Ave., Dallas (214-922-7080). Open Sun-Thur 11 a.m.–10 p.m.,
Fri-Sat 11 a.m.– 11 p.m.