Aug 26, 2015 03:59PM
● By Dia
Freshness is what sets Frezko Taco Spot apart from other taco joints in the area. That’s what the name means: fresh taco spot. There are no freezers or can openers in this hidden gem of a restaurant that’s tucked off Southlake Boulevard near 114. Owner Eliazar Salinas believes in serving all-natural, authentic food exactly how you’d get it in Mexico. No Tex-Mex. No fusion. Just straight-up street tacos and homemade Mexican meals.
Frezko Taco Spot’s menu features Nuevo Leon-style food, which is different than most Mexican restaurants in Dallas/Ft. Worth. “This style is more grilled meat and more ranch-hand food – kind of like cowboy food here in Texas,” Salinas says.
When you step inside, you order just as you would at other taco places – going down the line
choosing your meat and toppings. Options include a burrito, tacos (four to an order), salad, and papa asada, which is a Texas-sized baked potato.
You get eight ounces of your choice of barbacoa, carnitas, carne asada or pollo asado. For non-meat eaters, there’s a vegetariano option. A variety of toppings including grilled onions, pico de gallo, and sour cream are available to suit all taste buds. Tortillas, which come raw from South Texas, are grilled, never steamed.
“You won’t see fajitas in Mexico. It’s carne asada or pollo asado,” Salinas says. “Asada means grilled. Carne is beef and pollo is chicken. Sometimes people get confused by that, but we try to stay as authentic as we can.”
Simplicity is a common theme across the entire menu at Frezko Taco Spot. All the butchering is done in-house; nothing is pre-cut. It’s important that the flavor of the meat shines through in each dish, which is why Salinas uses seasonings sparingly in the kitchen. “Meat has its own flavor, and I believe that to the fullest,” he says. “Here, you actually taste the beef, chicken and pork – not all the seasonings.” Even the guacamole only has three ingredients to let the avocado flavor speak for itself.
But don’t expect to eat that guac with a heaping mound of tortilla chips. This restaurant doesn’t serve chips and salsa. “That’s an American thing,” Salinas says. Instead, patrons are served a cup of spicy bean soup, Frijoles Charros. It’s cooked from scratch with bacon and a bit of heat, and it’s served as an appetizer before the meal. You won’t have to wait long for the main event, though. Food is hand-delivered to your table in five to 10 minutes.
When it comes to beverages, the restaurant offers bottled sodas that use pure cane syrup from Mexico. Or, if you want to treat yourself, try an ice-cold beer or authentic sangria, and enjoy your meal on the patio.
When you’re done, the staff clears your table so you can sit back and relax. “I want to make sure all customers know they’re welcome,” Salinas says.
If you’re craving some authentic south-of-the-border flavor in a welcoming environment, you can get it right here in Southlake. You just have to know where to find it.
FREZKO TACO SPOT
3105 E. Southlake Blvd.