The cover of the September issue of D Magazine features a bold claim. Dallas, it says, is "Taco City."
D promises "37 tacos that prove Dallas is tops," although the story has not been published online or in print just yet.
Across Texas, however, the reaction was skeptical at best.
Even San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg got in on the fun.
The story was written by Dallas-based taco writer and food editor at Cowboys & Indians magazine José R. Ralat, who told us in 2016 that Dallas has reason to claim the most diverse taco scene in the state.
"You can't say that about Austin," Ralat said at the time. "You can say that about Houston. It's the other city you can argue has an equally diverse taco scene."
Still, the claim of Dallas as Taco City seems far-fetched for some of our southern neighbors. San Antonio residents in particular take great pride in their tacos, and fiercely defend the city's Tex-Mex tradition.
There's a joke about Tex-Mex food: The Rio Grande Valley invented it, San Antonio popularized it and Austin takes credit for it. Now, for better or worse, D Magazine's claim puts Dallas in the fray.