Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer, Dallas Morning News
Civilization has always been defined by cultural movements – collective inspirations that shape who we are, that manifest our dreams, and give us a sense of time and place. These touchstones become infused into our shared identity, and as our world becomes more diverse and individual, they form an unbreakable bond that links us together in a global heritage.
We all stood in awe when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface, proving that man's limitations are only what he might dare try.
We shared in the anguish and spiritual healing when Beyoncé released "Lemonade” and reassured us that no setback is permanent.
And perhaps even more importantly than these, no concept has more deeply saturated our communal zeitgeist than…. the Mexican Street Taco. Elegant in its complexity and universally beloved, the street taco stands, (well, lays on its side), at the pinnacle of culinary achievement. To say that one enjoys street tacos is to say that one enjoys drawing breath - it is simply a constant among human variation.
It was with this knowledge at hand that Nick and Raul, two long-time amigos with neither a lunar lander nor R&B vocal training among them, set out to master the art and science that is the street taco. Their goal was simple: to bring to the masses the perfect savory mouthful and to etch their names into the annals of history. As Michelangelo was to marble and Jeff Foxworthy was to rural colloquialism, so would they be to carne asada and al pastor.
Such an endeavor has led to many trips to Mexico, the font from which taco inspiration flows. There they found brilliant talents in the form of artists and chefs who would guide the pair in their picante pilgrimage. They spent countless days and nights researching, experimenting, and drawing ever closer to their sacred goal in a very 1980s movie montage sort of way. As the passion shared between two devoted people often does, this nightly effort gave birth to a magnificent child in the form of a taco restaurant - El Taco H!
While they may not have yet made the perfect street taco, Raul and Nick have gotten damn close and invite you to come savor the fruits of their labors. Dedicated to giving you the best taco current technology and ingenuity can devise, El Taco H is a love song to that which we all cherish. It is a place for friendship, for family, and for a small surcharge, guacamole.
Come and take part of one of the great legacies of our time, and when future generations ask where you were when the Taco Renaissance swept the globe, you'll be able to look them squarely in the eye and say, "I was there.”