Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace lunch break

>Three years ago I went to Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace with a friend before a concert at the Barrymore Theater and was so excited about the concert that I don’t even remember what I had. Then, last year I went with my mom and grandma and got a capitol combo that came with a chicken enchilada, small chicken burrito, rice and beans. The entire dish was also covered in a tangy green sauce with just the right amount of spiciness.

Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace

So, when a friend and I decided to take a study break during finals week we headed out the Tex Tubb’s on Atwood Avenue. While we were studying earlier in the week I perused the menu and discovered that they had taken my beloved capitol combo off the menu. So I proceeded to read the entire menu to decide what to get. We chose a single “fancy taco” for an appetizer and then both got an entree (there’s a beauty in leftovers!). I got the Backyard BBQ taco with smoked pork in Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, coleslaw, fried avacado and sour cream. The pork was mega tender and the smokiness combined really well with the coolness of the coleslaw and the warm crunchiness of the friend avocado. My friend got the Butter Mountain Potato Hash taco with potatoes, red peppers, sour cream and red onions. She said the red peppers balanced well with the potatoes and queso fresco to taste something like a breakfast burrito.

Tex Tubb’s on Atwood Ave.

For our entrees I chose the Smoked Chicken Taco Salad which comes with shredded chicken, salsa, free greens, cheese and chipotle ranch sauce. The taco shell was an amazingly thing and crispy  house for a great combination of taco salad ingredients. The chicken was smokey and had a great heat to it, which was complimented by the black bean and corn salsa. The fresh greens kept the dish feeling more like a fresh salad then a heavy plate of meat and beans, and the chipotle ranch sauce added a hint of traditional salad dressing with a slight kick. Because the fancy taco I got was almost a meal in itself I ended up taking two-thirds of my already large taco salad home for later!

Smoked Chicken Taco Salad

My friend go the Red Lentil Enchiladas. The dish came with 2 corn tortillas filled with red lentils, cheese and cilantro covered in traditional white sauce and cheese. She said the refried beans needed more seasoning and the enchiladas were a little bland (but she’s not the biggest fan of white sauce).

Red Lentil Enchiladas

I also got a raspberry limeade and it was the perfect balance of tang, sweetness and bitter lime. I thought the $3 price tag was a little high but I was very satisfied with the drink anyways.

Bottom Line: I keep going back to Tex Tubb’s for the interesting menu options and the cool tex-mex and entertaining decorations.

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