A meal worth digging into

The taco combo/Photo: Taylor Adams

Since I noticed that taco joints seem to be popping up like frozen yogurt chains, I’ve been less than eager to open the doors of new ones. But Digg’s Taco Shop has been serving tacos across from my college campus since January of this year–not terribly long, but more than enough time for a true food lover (and routine taco eater) like myself to give it a try.

I finally got myself inside this restaurant, where Stromboli Cafe used to serve over-priced pizza. The walk-up order counter has a menu with tacos, quesadillas, hamburgers and other miscellaneous items.

Order the tacos individually for $2.50 or go with the combo served with cilantro rice and black beans for $6. The combo makes for a complete meal. The small cup of beans is classic–nothing special–but complimentary of the tacos. It also makes up for the boring mound of rice on the other side of the rectangular plate. The meat (or veggies, if you’re into that) of each taco is served beneath a heap of cabbage, small chunks of tomato and plenty of cilantro inside two soft, white corn tortillas, just enough to keep everything together before taking the first bite. The roast pork carnitas is a sweet meet, paired perfectly with the fresh cabbage and a squeeze of lime. Less exciting is the shredded beef, which pours out grease as you lift it up, and fails to live up to much expectation.

Hot Digg-ity Sauce at Digg's Taco Shop/Photo: Taylor Adams

However, to amp it up, there is some “Hot Digg-ity Sauce” sitting on the table: a runny but decently hot (remember, a Texan is talking) condiment.

I’ll make sure my next visit will involve a gulf shrimp taco and possibly even a mahi taco (both are offered fried or grilled). But there’s sure to be a couple of visits to Rusty’s before that. However, what has me more excited for Digg’s is the quesadilla. Shredded cheese  is offered with either chicken, beef, shrimp or veggies melted together between grilled flour or spinach tortillas.

I don’t order quesadillas often: it’s a food I actually love, but associate with an afternoon snack in my middle school days. But now it looks like this afternoon snack can work in my college days with a crisp tortilla (flour, of course) carefully casing shredded chicken blended with cheese: simplicity made satisfying.

Margarita popsicles or crispy jelly donut holes are available if you’re still hungry after your meal–both of which are on my “to-do list” for this joint. Now I just wonder how many visits it will take for me to order a hamburger at a taco shop.

Digg’s Taco Shop
Location: 6309 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, 75205, 214-520-0155
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Price: $ (items are below $10)
Service: Adequate
Ambiance: College hangout, entertaining and tasteful music
Attire: Casual
Credit Cards: All major cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer, wine and margaritas served
Seating: Indoor and patio seating
Take-out: Yes

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