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Spiky-haired celebrity chef Guy Fieri has a reputation for being over the top, as he has been in a couple of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” swings through North Texas restaurants and at his own burger stand in Gexa Energy Pavilion/Starplex/Dos Equis Pavilion/whatever its name is this month.
So the modest Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint, an order-at-the-counter stall with a small selection of street-style tacos (three to an order), came as a bit of a surprise OK, the “cheeseburger taco” sounds like something predictable from Fieri, but the al pastor tacos (Shiner Ruby Redbird glazed pork shoulder, chipotle-sweet onion, grilled pineapple-serrano salsa, cilantro, cotija cheese and, avocado-tomatillo salsa) were actually pretty good, if a little you’re-gonna-have-to-use-a-fork overstuffed. The pork had good texture and a bit of a bite from the marinade (Ruby Redbird is Shiner’s grapefruit-infused brew), and the toppings brought a little more citrus flavor and respectable heat.
The draw at Guy’s, however, may be the drinks (which we had to avoid because we were returning to the office): a 24-ounce “caliente” frozen margarita (with jalapeño “elixir”) and margaritas made with Jarritos sodas are the most offbeat touches, and a traditional margarita and Sol beer are also available. For non-alcoholic choices, its Jarritos soda or water — sorry, iced-tea drinkers.
So there’s a curiosity factor here, and the food’s not bad. But there are also tons of taco places in DFW, many of them cheaper and more authentic, and not requiring a trip to Texas Live! to try them. Guy’s is better than we expected, but now that our curiosity is sated, we’ll be back to our usual haunts and exploring.