Where We Ate at the NTTF

Photo by Robert Strickland.

Photo by Robert Strickland.

As another week rears its head, we look to the last weekend – tacos, it appears, are a hit. We were proud to help throw the event with The Taco Trail and Deep Ellum Outdoor Market.

With a beautiful day and attendance beyond expectation, the North Texas Taco Festival saw thousands of taco lovers from across the Metroplex gather to try one of many different styles and approaches to this most versatile of meals, while an all-star chef lineup battled for the title of Taco Throwdown Champion, a title won by Omar Flores of Driftwood with his tacos of braised pork, salsa verde and house-made Chicharrón on fresh tortillas. The competition was tough, with Sheena Croft of Hanna’s Off the Square in Denton making Osso Buco-style tacos on banana leaves, Joe Baker of Le Cordon Bleu preparing a skirt steak with mole and fried squash blossoms, and Brian Lusher bringing a seasoned and grilled steak-and-crema number to the table.

But the lines outside were for the vendors who make their living making tacos, and making them well. Among the many vendors, Urban Taco brought a trompo, while La Nueva’s guisado verde tacos were a smash. Velvet Taco served an immensly popular $1 version of one of their chicken options, and Taco Party’s potato tacos were, as expected, a hit. Topo Chico kept everyone hydrated with free bottles of their mineral water, and sponsored the live music as well.

And while we were running around, we had a couple crack photographers on the job – the pictures tell a better story than we ever could. Special thanks to Blair Baker and Robert Strickland for these outstanding shots.

Joe Baker's Taco Throwdown entry. (Photo by Blair Baker)

Joe Baker’s Taco Throwdown entry. (Photo by Blair Baker)

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Blair Baker

Photo by Robert Strickland

Photo by Robert Strickland

Photo by Robert Strickland

Photo by Robert Strickland

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