Taco Joint opened at Lakeridge Village Monday, part of a transformation of the decades-old center at Walnut Hill and Audelia. Taco Joint has locations in Lakewood, Preston Center and the Baylor Hospital area, and the new Lake Highlands store moved from its previous location in Richardson Heights at Belt Line and 75.
The restaurant features album covers lining the walls and a long bar with big windows where patrons can order a beer or margarita. Taco Joint’s signature – murals hand-painted by manager Mario Tiamberg – feature Willie Nelson, the State Fair of Texas, the Dallas Zoo and Dirk Nowitzki portrayed as “The Goat.” When the weather cools a bit, they’ll add tables and chairs on the patio.
Menu starters include salads, tortilla soup and The Disaster, a blend of queso, ground beef, quacamole and pico de gallo. Taco choices run from The Sophie, veggies on a wheat tortilla, to The Chuck, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, to The Lester, a soft flour tortilla layered with refried beans around a crispy corn shell filled with grilled sirloin, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Breakfast is their specialty, including Taco Joe’s Chilaquiles and The Cannonball, an egg and meat quesadilla with potatoes, queso and 5-alarm sauce.
Taco Joint is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.