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Mom, Dad and Donna. 1 year. 52 tables. The journey begins January 2010.

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Sep '10

Table 34: Del Norte Tacos

The Road Trip

When we started this project of eating at 52 tables in 52 weeks, we wanted to share our ‘eating out together’ experience rather than critique the tables in which we ate. It seems as though everyone wants to be a food critic. Not so for gastronomes Mom, Dad and me (Donna). It truly is all about the experience, even though sometimes we also want to share our thoughts about what we ate. Today’s table is one of those tables; one where we have to brag about the food.

Earlier this week I ate at a local restaurant, gogo gumbo, with my good friends Kate and Jheroen. The owner of gogo sat with us while we ate and brought us up-to-date¬† with the exciting news that she and her husband had just closed on a house not but a block or two away from the restaurant earlier that day. As our conversation progressed, both Letty and Kraig told us about a place they recently discovered: Del Norte Tacos in Godley. They went on and on about how good this little spot was and that we simply must try it sometime. By Texas standards, Del Norte Tacos is just down the road a piece. For everyone else, it’s a short road trip; but well worth the drive!

Dad picked me up in Springtown, and Mom drove down from Fort Worth. When we all converged on this welcoming eatery, we were greeted by Chris Garcia – owner and chef, who was tending the cooker located on the patio in front of the building. Chris definitely has something special going here. How often these days do you find really good food at a really good price? Not very. Del Norte Tacos breaks the rules and not only delivers great tasting food for a reasonable amount of money, they also deliver a lot of it. You will not walk away hungry.

This very casual establishment has indoor and outdoor seating. Today was perfect for dining ‘al fresco.’¬† We were blessed with a cool front that rolled through overnight resulting in picture perfect weather! A little on the breezy side, but that’s O.K. I ordered two tacos: Carnitas and Al Postor. I have been intrigued with carnitas since watching Rick Bayless prepare them on his TV show, “Mexico-One Plate at a Time.” Dad ordered a smoked sausage plate with Spanish rice, and Mom got the Taco al Carbon. We also got blue corn tortilla chips and a sample of each of the sauces. The Al Postor taco, was similar to the carnitas and was topped with a pineapple relish. The contrast of the two flavors was perfect.

If you get the chance, we all three highly recommend this delightful little wide spot in the road.

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