A Hidden Spot for Tasty Tacos
May 24, 2016 10:38AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Chances are you’ve driven by Hermano’s Taqueria countless times and not even known it. The small, family-owned taqueria is housed inside the Texaco on White’s Chapel Boulevard. The place is unassuming, but once you get a taste of the food, you’ll understand why it's a hidden gem.
Everything on the menu is freshly prepared from scratch—from the tortas and tacos right down to the two zesty salsas. The tiny kitchen, in clear view when you step inside the gas station, brings forth such miracles as menudo and lengua. This type of authentic Mexican food is exactly what Owner Arman Khan wanted to bring to Southlake.
“A few years back, the main places were either [local] restaurants or [fast food] chains,” says Khan. “Instead of having to drive to Dallas to enjoy street tacos or authentic Mexican food, we wanted to bring it all closer to the people here.”
So that’s exactly what Khan did. He opened the taqueria in 2012 and has garnered an impressive following. When we dropped in for lunch, the small space was abuzz with hungry folks dropping in for a quick bite.
The seating is modest (there are four small tables situated behind the rows of convenience-store snacks), but this isn’t the type of place you’d go for the atmosphere. The food is what draws people here. It’s not fancy; it’s just the real deal, served up on a no-fuss Styrofoam plate.
We enjoyed a veritable Mexican-food feast of street tacos, quesadillas and tortas. The quesadillas were just as they should be: melty in the middle with a perfectly toasted tortilla.
We particularly enjoyed the chicken street tacos, which were loaded with fajita chicken, onions and cilantro, and accompanied by fresh lime wedges. Apparently, our taste buds are in line with what the regulars enjoy; the taco has been the No. 1 seller for four years straight.
Other menu items worth checking out include the burrito (it’s packed with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and meat) and the tortas. These traditional Mexican sandwiches are made with beans, onions, cilantro, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalepenos, avocado, mayo and a choice of meat. They’re packed with flavor and will certainly fill you up. We could eat only half our order.
Like many small neighborhood establishments, Hermano’s Taqueria is big on personality and a local feel. It’s unmistakable when you see Khan greet customers with a warm, friendly smile. He may have gotten into this business to bring authentic Mexican fare to Southlake, but he’s in it for the people who come to enjoy the food.
“We take the utmost pride in our craft,” he says. “Our business is not just a business; it feels more like family working together. We like to have fun and we want our customers to have fun.”
He adds: “This business would not be here if it wasn’t for a diverse city like Southlake and the variety of great customers we’ve had a chance to serve.”
1100 W. Southlake Blvd. (Inside the Texaco)