Lunchtime Snob: Fajita Taco Place 

click to enlarge Fajita Taco Place: Straight to the point. - TAYLOR ALLEN
  • Taylor Allen
  • Fajita Taco Place: Straight to the point.

As the quest continues for unique, authentic places on San Antonio's north side, you'll find that many of these articles will start off the same ... "Nestled in your standard suburban strip center."

This installment of Lunchtime Snob is no different. Fajita Taco Place – yes, that's its actual name – is in fact in a suburban retail center off of DeZavala just about a mile east of I-10, at least the one I visited. Fajita Taco Place offers other locations: One off 410 near the airport, another the Westside on Zarzamora and a third near Highways 90 and 151.

As the name suggests, this place gets right to the point. So will I. What you can expect to find at Fajita Taco Place is respectable homemade chips and salsa, a true benchmark in my book. Talking here about the kind of chips and salsa that leave you wanting just one more ... even after your meal.

A photo-centric, straightforward menu of tacos and tried-and-true Tex-Mex cuisine on a backdrop of mix-matched tables and turtle statues make this place stand apart from the rest.

Great for breakfast, lunch, or a 2:30 p.m. horchata pick-me-up, Fajita Taco Place offers simple, respectable food.

Though I can't say they're experts in horchata, FTP certainly hit the spot. Served in what appears to be half-gallon Styrofoam cups, it isn't too sweet and has a great cinnamon balance. Though I prefer my horchata from Blue Moon's Cinnamon Horchata Ale these days ... when in Rome, right? As to be expected in a strip center restaurant, there is an excessive seating area, so bring the whole crew to enjoy everything at Fajita Taco Place.

Tacos are a 24-hour a day appropriate meal, thank goodness. So when a co-worker and I found ourselves having missed the normal lunch time outing and it was almost 2 p.m., Fajita Taco Place fit the bill. My lunch visit included the beef fajita taco, obviously, as well as their carne asada taco and aforementioned horchata. My co-worker had the tacos al pastor, which also met all of the requirements of delicious. Don't worry, if your horchata didn't satisfy your sweet tooth, you can pick up packaged leche quemada, gumballs and other sweets offered at the cluttered cashier's counter.

As is best with any lunch venue, Fajita Taco Place invites you to linger with large-portioned meals, but allows for quick visits with attentive service.

Fajita Taco Place

4503 De Zavala Road, (210) 493-8878

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