Category: restaurant review
Our family loves delicious food, but we live on a tight budget. You can read about how we stick to our dining out budget here. As a result, we love to find fabulous restaurants where we can stretch out dining out dollars and have a fantastic meal at the same time. I’ll share my finds here on the blog so that you can “dine out on a dime” as well.
My husband, Jed, has often stated that he could eat Tex-Mex for breakfast lunch and dinner. At Taco Joint you can do just that and not spend a fortune. A family of 4 can eat at Taco Joint for under $20, which is awesome.
I highly recommend the brisket tacos for $1.99, and you can upgrade to a meal with beans and rice for $8.29. Friends of mine love the Lester (grilled sirloin) and the Evan (vegetarian). You can get the “Gaston Grab” for a crowd, 6 breakfast tacos for $11.79.
Taco Joint has 2 locations – 911 N. Peak St and 6434 E. Mockinbird Ln (Mock/Abrams). The Lakewood location has happy hour from 3-7 pm Monday – Friday and a fun patio.
What’s your go-to restaurant when you want a great meal without spending a ton?
This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.
The pies are all made fresh daily, and they have a great selection. Unfortunately we felt that it was a little overpriced. The slices were $4 each. I know that is pretty standard or cheap for restaurant dessert, but you know we are super frugal. We decided to go for it since we were on vacation.
Jed ordered the coconut caramel, and was definitely the big winner of the day. It was phenomenal.
I had the key lime pie, which is my go-to dessert. It was good, but not fabulous. I’m a little bit of a key lime pie snob, apparently.
We started with homemade Parmesan Black Pepper Crackers and Herb Dip. We had already dipped into it by the time I thought to take a picture. The dip and crackers were savory and light, a great starter. The lighting was also very “romantic”, making it difficult to get a great photo. Oh well. You get the idea.
The second course was a Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Salad. We were a little nervous about that combination, but it was delicious.
For the entree, we each had a Filet of Beef with Roasted Asparargus and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Jed described the steak as the best he had ever had. That, my friends, is a great compliment. We got the recipe before we left, believe me.
See the above photo for evidence of the deliciousness of our entree. Amazing.
We shared a huge piece of Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for dessert. It was awesome, and we were fully stuffed after indulging in a fantastic four course dinner. One of the best things about it was that we only had to walk across the veranda to our room after dinner. Come back later this week for more about our Glen Rose getaway.
Jed picked the chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and then went double carb with the mac and cheese au gratin. He loved all of it, but said the mac and cheese was the best he has ever eaten. Seriously. He let me try it and it was out of control good. I don’t know what they did to it, but it can’t be good for you, and made us both want to lick the dish.
I had the ultimate ham sandwich with parmesan truffle fries. Wow. The sandwich was on fresh whole grain bread with 3 different kinds of cheese, local ham, and fresh apple slices. The fries had a savory flavor from the truffles that was amazing.
If you are ever in Glen Rose, I highly recommend stopping at the Riverhouse Grill. I love supporting small town, family run places, and this one is a winner for sure.
For the second installment of my Dallas Dining Under $20, we visited Twisted Root Burger Co. on SMU Blvd. It is a full bar and restaurant with a great patio and super fun atmosphere. All opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for this review.
Since we started our Total Money Makeover one year ago, we are on a strict budget to help us reach our financial goals. We realized that we were spending WAY too much money dining out. This city has a million great restaurants to tempt us, so we had to take control of the situation. We now limit our monthly dining out budget to $150. We could easily spend that on one meal in Dallas, but we try to make it stretch as far as possible. To do that, we have to find affordable fare, and we have. I’ve decided to share our favorite Dallas dinners under $20 with y’all. The opinions are completely ours, and we are in no way affiliated with or being compensated by the restaurants.
Tony’s Pizza and Pasta has been around for a long time, and is located on Northwest Hwy in East Dallas. They advertise that everything is prepared fresh and cooked to order, and the place is BYOB. They brought garlic rolls out before the meal, for free, and I was hooked.