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First Impressions: Lone Star Taco Bar

Jenny Ondioline | Feb 1, 201212:47 PM     91

Stopped by Lone Star Taco Bar this afternoon for their first lunch service today. Place was pretty busy at 1 p.m., but not crushed. The room is great, very much of a piece with Deep Ellum next door and about the same size. Maybe a little narrower.

Sat at the bar and ordered a michelada, a barbacoa taco and a refried bean tostada. The michelada (made with Modelo Especial, my personal favorite of the Mexican lagers) was excellent: the tomato juice wasn't at all too thick or overpowering, and the spices were bright and crisp. I can't wait for summer, because I'm gonna be drinking a lot of these then. (Oh, man, I hope this means they're gonna be expanding the patio at Deep Ellum so we can sit back there...)

The beef on the barbacoa taco had decent smoke, but was a bit stringy and dry. The pickled onions were a good offset.

The tostada needed more beans, a fact I mentioned to Aaron, the owner. A few minutes later, he came back and said, "Yeah, the kitchen agrees, there weren't enough beans on that tostada. We'll fix that." On the other hand, the ranchera sauce was tasty, and the napa was crisp.

For a place less than 24 hours old, it felt really solid. Some glitches with the ordering (my first ticket didn't have my michelada on it), but that's first-day jitters. I think we have a winner. Looking forward to exploring the rest of the menu. I'm especially interested in the nachos, which the menu claims are in the style of the original Victory Club recipe, which means chips, cheese, jalapenos, that's it. I would LOVE a place that didn't think you had to put half a dozen different things on nachos!

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