La Hacienda de Los Barrios
Chicken Puffy Taco
If Ray Lopez was the king of puffy tacos, then Diana Barrios Treviño is the queen (she succeeds the original queen, her late mother Viola). Sure, all locations of the Los Barrios empire allow eaters to customize their puffy tacos, but why would you when there’s already a clear winner. The chicken puffy tacos start off with chicken breast that have been poached with onion, celery and garlic. Once the meat is finely shredded, it is further simmered in a salsa dulce de tomate, or mild tomato sauce that Barrios likens to salsa ranchera without the peppers. Finally, the delicately flavored meat is placed in one of Los Barrios’ exemplary puffy tacos and delivered ceremoniously to the table. All hail the queen.
18747 Redland, (210-497-8000), Open Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m.