It’s easy to walk past Tienda Chori’s without giving a second thought; despite the giant “taqueria” printed on the window, a cursory glance won’t be enough to entice you if you don’t already know about it.
For one thing, if you didn’t bother going inside you might be hard pressed to notice the eatery within. The taqueria itself is located towards the back of this relatively small shop catering to the Latino heavy population of this South Dallas neighborhood. Before eating you might consider browsing the shelves lined with everything from hand-woven necklaces to Aztecan statuettes to Spanish language texts regarding the practices of Santeria to general foodstuffs. The adventurous shopper might find a deal or two and, if nothing else, it provides an aura of authenticity to accentuate your coming meal.
Although, I assure you, Tienda Chori’s is not lacking in authenticity.
I made my way towards the rear of the store and was greeted by a lone Hispanic woman working the counter. She smiled broadly and called out to me:
“Hola, como estas?”
She waited patiently as I looked up at the menu; it was so difficult to decide. My head was overloaded with traditional taqueria staples: tacos, tortas, enchiladas, menudo…. Between the menu and the delicious aromas coming from the make line it took a minute or two before I finally decided on the chicken flautas.
I was given a basket of freshly made tortilla chips, fried a deep golden brown and served extra crispy, just like I like. These were complimented by a bowl of a vibrantly red, obviously homemade, chipotle salsa. I devoured the chips and salsa in record time, loving the freshness of the food and the delicious burn of the salsa.
Minutes later I received my flautas. Four hand-rolled tortillas packed with juicy white meat chicken chunks, fried the same golden brown as the chips, with a side of perfectly cooked Spanish rice, creamy refried beans, and guacamole salad sat on my plate. I couldn’t wait.
It was even better than it looked. The flaw of most restaurant flautas is that the meat becomes overcooked and dry. Not so with these. The chicken was still melt-in-your-mouth tender and delicious and was complemented wonderfully by the rice and beans. And even though I am personally not a fan of avocado even the guacamole salad was an absolute delight.
Everything about my experience was perfect. The flautas were arguably the most perfect I’ve ever had in a restaurant setting, the authentic atmosphere of a true tienda, the friendly staff of both the taqueria and the store; everything meshed beautifully to provide a truly delightful, authentic, street food experience.
And the prices can’t be beat. My meal, including drink, cost less than $8 and offered me better fare than anything a fastfood chain or corporate QSR could ever hope to offer
It should be noted that I went at an off hour, around 4pm on a Monday. At this time, there weren’t very many patrons in the restaurant. However, it is not difficult to imagine how busy it can get at lunch, given its proximity to businesses in the area.
1314 West Davis St
Dallas, Texas 75208