Monday, August 25, 2008

Quickie Revisit #30: Tin Star

Illness can strike you down any time, any place, totally without warning. When it happened to my lovely wife the Rock Star over the weekend, the timing could not have been worse, as she had just started her vacation. Plus, it was Restaurant Week, and her infirmity coincided with our reservations for one of the Metroplex's finest high-end establishments. What to do? Luckily, Restaurant Week continues through next week, so we were able to cancel and reschedule at an equally-promising place for the following weekend. I was feeling slightly under-the-weather myself, so takeout food was in order, and with a little brainstorming and a phone call, I was soon happily motoring along to an old friend of a place featuring quality eats at a reasonable price.

I've said it before and I will say it again: I waited too long before trying Tin Star, the place of "salsa, smoke, and sizzle". I mean, I could not figure the place out: Is it Mexican, Texan, Texican, what? Well, the answer is all of the above, and Tin Star is as All-American as cheeseburger tacos and apple flan. Those tacos are stars of the menu, and my bride can rarely resist them. Prepared medium (isn't it wonderful to have a place that cooks ground beef anything other than well-done?) and served in fresh-grilled flour tortillas with cheddar cheese, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickle relish, they were truly a dish to relish. The fabulous fries that come as a sidecar are crispy and skinny and perfect for dipping. Tin Star has joined the ranks of Chipotle, etc., and they now offer bowls. These are tortilla-less tacos, and I selected one with marvelously-marinated grilled steak, rice, black beans, blended cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream. The steaks grilled flavor married very nicely with the smoky beans and was delightfully cooled by the sour cream, so I thoroughly enjoyed devouring it. Accompanying salsa was wonderful, only the chips were a bit stale. (I have been to Tin Star several times and can assure you stale chips are an exception, not the rule.) Website is, and they feature curbside takeaway. (It's great to be able to stay in your car, particularly when you're not feeling your best.) Find your own All-American meal at Tin Star soon, and as always:



Margie said...

Sorry to hear that you guys were feeling bad. Hope you enjoy the new RW reservation. Where are you going instead?

Food Czar said...

We made our new reservations for Sunday, August 31st for the Zagat-rated Isabella's Italian Restaurant in Frisco. It was the only night available since we are celebrating my sister-in-laws birthday on Saturday. Hopefully, my wife will be fully recovered by then. (I'm already feeling better, myself.)

Classy&Sassy said...

I forgot all about Tin Star. Will have to go again soon! I love just about anything wrapped in a tortilla!