Hidden gem: The little taquería that got restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's attention


Mere blocks from a jaw-dropping new nature-and-science museum and an architectural new park, an inconspicuous little taquería is serving authentic street-style tacos, order window and all.

photograph by MANNY RODRIGUEZ

La Ventana


Spring is on the way, and the scent of cilantro is in the air. It’s the moment for a great taco — or two or three — on the adorable patio at La Ventana, the open-air taquería tucked behind the new Meso Maya downtown.

La Ventana, which means the window, is coolness cubed. 1) Terrific street-style tacos: savory meats, chopped onion and cilantro, folded into handmade corn tortillas in just the right proportions. 2) Groovy surroundings: Day of the Dead paintings, strung-up lights, Mexican music from tinny speakers, desert plants in funky bathroom-fixture planters. 3) Auspicious geography: The site, once part of historic Little Mexico, is just steps away from Klyde Warren Park.

Nothing fancy — quite the opposite. Order at the window. The margaritas come in plastic cups. Salsas get passed from table to table in squirt bottles. Squeeze some lime on that fabulous taco de lengua, give it a hit of salsa roja. Prepare to rejoice.

Window of opportunity: La Ventana, 1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-484-6803, taquerialaventana.com

LESLIE BRENNER is the restaurant critic and dining editor for The Dallas Morning News. Reach her at lbrenner@dallasnews.com, twitter.com/lesbren or facebook.com/leslie.brenner.


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  1. i have a membership to the perot museum. on my next visit i will go to La Ventana

  2. i’ve been a few times and now that spring is in the air I will be making a bee line for barbacoa!