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Here’s a Fort Worth taqueria where vegans have a menu, too. (And it also has burgers)

Mariachi’s Dine-In offers a full menu of regular or vegan-protein street tacos.
Mariachi’s Dine-In offers a full menu of regular or vegan-protein street tacos. Handout photo

The best little taqueria near downtown is only getting better.

Mariachi’s Dine-In made a quick reputation for three reasons:

Chef Angel Fuentes serves some of the best street tacos, quesadillas and burgers in the central city.

It offers a dedicated vegan and non-dairy taco, torta and burrito menu with ingredients like banana blossoms, squash and pineapple, plus vegan elote with a cashew cotija,

And it’s at the back of a grimy, timeworn convenience store at 301 S. Sylvania Ave. east of downtown.

Most of all, Mariachi’s serves lots of flavor.

The “La Charra” burgers ($9.99) are made with both beef and pastor plus cilantro and avocado, or get a classic burger for $5.99.

Tacos and sandwiches come with a choice of eight meats or five vegan proteins.

Mariachi’s Drive-In serves vegan or non-dairy street tacos at the same regular price. Handout photo

The namesake taco is the Mariachi with fried poblano and avocado. That’s $3.25, or the street tacos start at $1.99.

But the most talked-about item on the menu is the grilled pineapple pastor burrito with chipotle crema, vegetables and cilantro ($9).

New on the menu: the taco de otono (fall), with carnitas or jackfruit, pumpkin and red onion on a housemade blue corn tortilla.

Mariachi’s Dine-In is at Sylvania Avenue and East Fourth Street east of TopGolf, near Martin House Brewing Co.

It’s open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays; call or text 682-760-9606,

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.