Monday, June 29, 2009

Arlington, Texas and Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Arlington Texas, in addition to being my boyhood home, at one point held the distinction of the nation's largest city without mass transit of any kind. A pure strain of car and suburban culture, Arlington is attempting to revive its downtown - a big task for what is inherently a mega suburb of Dallas. A big library, city hall, and a new band shell do their part to draw people into the heart of old Arlington.

New since my last visit, Fuzzy's Taco Shop popped up on east Abram street. A local chain outlet, Fuzzy's was packed with the after church crowd (presumably); and this quick service tacos-for-gringos joint produced some pretty nice chow. The guacamole was studded with bigger chunks of avocado and a space-filling-core of shredded lettuce. The chips were thin, fresh and dusted with salt and chile powder.

My fish tacos (tempura fried) had crispy bits of light and flaky fish, shredded lettuce (I would have preferred cabbage), and a dusting of cotija cheese. The corn tortillas were pretty fresh...although likely mass produced, had a nice bite and chew to them that good quality fresh corn tortillas should possess.

Hot sauce was on the table. Thin and vinegar-y like a Tabasco - it provided a little moisture and heat to the tacos.

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