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Food Snobs: La Estrella

Food Snobs: La Estrella

Food Snobs: La Estrella
August 15
10:56 2013

Christina Ulsh / Senior Staff Writer

The tacos are the star at La Estrella. Unfortunately, everything else lacks luster.

Just beyond the railroad tracks going east on McKinney, the brightly painted taqueria/convenience store also offers (according to the Spanish on the exterior) money transfers, defensive driving and postage stamps. Talk about convenience.

Inconveniently, though, there is a language barrier. The menu is in Spanish—points for authenticity—and the clerk knows little English.

Once I decided on a chicken, a pork and a tongue taco, I was informed that none of those were available. I ended up with the carne asada and barbacoa, both of which are steak, and a side of rice. The total came to $4.20, fitting perfectly in my $5 lunch budget.

The tacos were underwhelming in appearance. Each corn taco was the size of my palm. Two bites later and my first taco was gone. The tacos automatically come with cilantro and onions, which an unknowing consumer may find troubling if he has an aversion to either.

The barbacoa, or the oven-roasted steak, was succulent. The asada, or the grilled steak, was also tasty, but paled in comparison to the barbacoa. The barbacoa was juicy and flavorful, while the asada was just grilled steak.

As far as washing down your meal goes, you have to buy a drink from one of the gas station’s fridges. Free cups of water are not an option.

There are both indoor and outdoor seating options, neither of which is very scenic.

Overall, the tiny tacos are cheap and tasty. Next time, I will order five tacos and opt for the drive-thru so I can take my meal elsewhere.

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