Updated at 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 7: Running away with almost 30 percent of the overall vote, R Taco -- the Dallas-born chain originally known as Rusty Taco -- stakes claim as the 2018 winner of our readers' choice for serving the best breakfast tacos in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The rest of the top 10:
2. Torchy's Tacos (Our readers' top choice for best queso in 2017.)
4. Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q
5. Write-In votes -- Texans have feels.
6. Taco Joint
7. Taqueria La Ventana
8. Fuzzy's Taco Shop
9. Fuel City
10. Taco Cabana
Original story and detailed results (available on the poll widget):
Something like a million years ago -- back in 2015 -- Foursquare published a report based on customer check-ins and reviews determining the most unique food order for each state in America. Texans love breakfast tacos roughly 4,000 percent more than the rest of the nation, it proclaimed. We were neither shocked nor awed by these results. Just vaguely hungry. And a little sleepy, still.
Since this highly-scientific study exposed an obvious, deeply ingrained truth of Texan identity, the subject has become more complex. Austin and San Antonio got into a bickering match about who invented the idea of eating delicious Tex-Mex food for breakfast. The beef, while seeming frivolous on the surface, had depth in terms of cultural appropriation and respectful discourse.
Dallas Morning News Texana reporter Charlie Scudder detailed how breakfast tacos are fuel for microaggression before the mayors of Austin and San Antonio called a taco truce in 2016. They signed the historic "I-35 Accords" and declared March 10 Breakfast Taco Day before buying one anothe a tortilla-wrapped peace offering.
Let us honor their diplomacy with civil debate.
We searched national and regional top 10 lists, local eaters' reviews and our own souls to compile this lengthy list of places in Dallas-Fort Worth that serve breakfast tacos at least once a week, every week. We removed spots that specialize only in breakfast tacos' beloved sister, the breakfast burrito -- excellent though those offerings may be -- and added a variety of price ranges and a mix of geographic areas.
We're asking you pick just one restaurant, per day, for your very top choice, and you may vote once per day through midnight on Aug. 6. (We're monitoring IP addresses, and any votes that appear to be tampering will be deleted.) As always, contact @GuideLive with questions or suggestions.
Editor's note: Local food critic Brian Reinhart tweeted to us yesterday that he believes El Puesto has closed (and that his write-in vote went to Tia Dora's -- thanks, Brian!). We put in a call to the restaurant's listed number, which was disconnected, and confirmed that its inclusion on our poll ballot did not skew results. We regret the error.