Le Taco recently opened in the old Scotch & Sausage spot on Oak Lawn. Owner Dylan Elchami closed the old restaurant to do a quick remodel of the space in bring in former Second Floor chef Daniel Tarasevich. The restaurant is beautifully designed with warm woods, tons of sugar skulls and communal tables to hold large groups. Tacos with an Asian twist are the main offering and something that Dallasites are comfortable with and sure to enjoy.
My guest and I stopped in for brunch during the soft opening of the restaurant. There were plenty of large parties inside the restaurant, no doubt from it being the first rain-free weekend in a while. We were immediately talked into a mimosa carafe and chips, salsa and guacamole from the antojos (or “cravings”) menu. They had a mixture of breakfast and lunch items on the menu, but we ultimately decided to try the Benedict Taco, Moo Shu Duck Confit Taco and le Oscar Taco. While we waited on the main food, we nibbled away happily on the smokey, warm salsa and very chunky guacamole.
Despite being short staffed during the soft opening, we received plenty of attention from our server Sydney, even as the place started to fill up with late brunch goers. When we received our food, it was definitely an eat-with-your-eyes-first moment. The brightly colored plates played off the fresh colors from the taco ingredients. My Benedict Taco came with carnitas (or you can order it with brisket), poached egg, asian slaw and a Sriracha hollandaise sauce in a flour tortilla. My husband’s Duck Confit Taco is one of the signature offerings and includes hoisin sauce, snow peas and Napa cabbage slaw. The Oscar Taco is the most popular dish and includes Akaushi Beef, truffle cream, lump crab, asparagus and Sriracha sauce choron. Both of his tacos are in handmade corn tortillas they make fresh daily, but you can also get tacos in bibb lettuce if that’s more your style.
I loved how the creaminess of the egg yolk mixed with the carnitas in my Benedict Taco. It was a bit messy, but I guess that’s the name of the game when tacos are involved. After trying both of my husband’s tacos, we decided we both enjoyed the Duck Confit Taco best. The duck has such amazing flavor, and the few other fresh ingredients in the taco were just enough to cut through the richness. This one is a winner for sure. We got a chance to speak with the chef for a bit after our meal and learned that he decides on the Daily Taco Feature based off ingredients in season or meats/seafood he finds locally. He likes to have fun with this offering and makes small batches of the tacos so when they’re out, they’re out.
Even though we were nearing our capacity level, we ordered the Nutella Taco for good measure. It included a fried plantain (a personal fave), whipped cream, a smear of Nutella and fresh strawberries in one of their handmade corn tortillas. It was a quick couple of bites and a nice way to end the meal.
In addition to tacos on the brunch menu, they also offer chilaquiles, torta sandwiches, salads and a full bar menu with all the tequilas you could want. Be sure to swing in for lunch, brunch or happy hour!
2808 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 p.m. to close
Weekend Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.