I have an obsession with tacos. I can (and have) eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. I don’t care if I have to order them out of a window in a gas station or if they are enjoyed with gourmet sides and premier wine; if you have tacos, I will travel.
So it’s no surprise that I gladly spent my Sunday afternoon accepting an invitation to dine at Taco Twists, one of the newest restaurants in Plano off Spring Creek and 75, where the owners have fused the spices and entrees of Indian and Tex-Mex cuisine.
I know what you’re thinking….curry? How does curry go well with salsa? That my friends is why Taco Twists is one of best kept secrets north of the George Bush Expressway. Taco Twists’ menu consists of basic Tex-Mex dishes from tacos to burritos to quesadillas and even nachos. Nothing too out of the ordinary. It’s the filling inside of the tortillas that make you do a double take.
Like all typical sit-down Tex-Mex eateries, chips were brought out to the table to keep us busy while the entrees were prepared. A salsa bar complete with regular salsa, fire roasted salsa, pico de gallo and jalopenos is available for those who crave the spicy companion to their chip friends. The regular salsa was my absolute favorite! I would definitely encourage them to provide bigger bowls to serve the salsa in so that customers aren’t having to get up and down several times during their meal.
I learned my lesson a long time ago that one should never over indulge in chips-n-salsa, which was a good thing especially in this case because we were served several entrees to sample during our visit.
First, we tried a trio of tacos: lamb, paneer and southern-style fish. Each taco was topped with lettuce, tomato and cheese, but the protein was very unique and full of flavor. Being a southern girl, it was hard to not instantly fall in love with the fish taco, but the ground lamb and fresh paneer were delicious and good examples of a successful fusion.
Before we could finish the tacos, the owner brought out two of their enchilada specialties – sour cream chicken enchiladas and masala chicken enchiladas. As he placed the entrees on the table, “Oh no,” I thought to myself, I’m not sure how this is going to work. It didn’t help my lactose intolerant situation when I inquired about the Masala sauce and he described it as having been made with heavy cream. I’m 0 for 2 now.
So for the good of this reviews, I sacrificed my own wellness so that I could sample these dishes. Boy, am I glad I did. The enchiladas on each dish were full of chicken and the tortilla was substantial and didn’t fall apart when I cut into it. An interesting fact about Taco Twists is that the meat is seasoned with a variety of spiced, placed on kabobs and cooked on a Tandoor or Asian barbeque oven. How could you possibly go wrong with barbequing anything? The well-cooked, perfectly seasoned enchilada was the perfect bed for the homemade sauces whose aromas gave your senses a full experience. I might have been wafting the steam from my plate into my nose because it was so pleasant to my nose.
Each enchilada specialty is served with either mexi-rice or a basmati cilantro rice and beans, which are NOT made with animal fat to meet vegetarian needs. Unfortunately, these beans were also my least favorite item in the entire restaurant. What it lacked from the hearty and deep flavor that animal fat brings, they tried to compensate for in spices, but it was too strong for my taste buds and slightly overpowered the other components on the plate.
Before I continue to the dessert, which you’ve probably already jumped down to see, let me give a little tribute to what completely threw me off guard – the guacamole. Not going to lie, I expected it to be mediocre, and I was pleasantly surprised. Those three tablespoons just might be in my top five list of best guacamole in Dallas. I’m not even exaggerating. It had a perfectly chunky consistency and was full of tomatoes, onions and of course, avocados. I didn’t even need a chip or taco, just give me a fork. To further prove that I’m not pulling your leg, my lunch companion, who rarely eats guacamole, was raving about it the entire time.
Now, back to the meal finale, dessert. I’m now 0 for 3 as the owner brings out mango cheesecake. My lunch companion came off his guacamole high when he saw this slice of heaven in front of him. The mango sauce was fresh, not too sweet and paired well with the teaspoon of cheesecake I sampled.
At Taco Twists, you are not only going to eat delicious food, but your nose will be transported to the Mediterranean through their extensive use of spices such as cardamom, cumin, and of course, curry. I’m already planning my next trip to Taco Twists, even if it’s only for a quart of the life-changing guacamole.
(Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary lunch in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.)
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