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Tacos Mariachi, a DDD favorite, opens new location on Lower Greenville Avenue today

Tijuana taco expert Jesus Carmona doesn’t make ordinary tacos at his Tacos Mariachi. Tender octopus heaped with avocado, chicken breast marinated in achiote then prepared al pastor, and portobello mushrooms griddled with huitlacoche are all wrapped in a fresh corn tortillas from Araiza’s, the best tortilleria in town, which makes their warm, chewy corn tortillas from nixtamal ground each day.

Then comes the fun part: squirts of four bold sauces, each made from scratch and whose chile spice levels range from mild to inferno. Thankfully, how much sauce you use is under your control, but surrender everything else to Jesus Carmona and his staff at Tacos Mariachi.

And beginning today at 11 AM, Carmona is giving you another opportunity to dig into excellent pulpo tacos, twice-cooked french fries blanketed with mole and breakfast tacos served deep into the night (on weekends they’ll soon be open till 4 AM).

That’s when he flings open the doors to a second location of Tacos Mariachi, tucked into a little shotgun space across from Trader Joe’s on Lower Greenville Avenue. The menu (and prices) are essentially the same as at his original Singleton Boulevard location, just west of Trinity Groves.

“Why change it if it works?” Carmona asks. He has a good point.

We got a VIP sneak peek and tasting last week and liked what we saw.

“Guy Fiery and his ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ put me on the map,” says Carmona. “When the show runs every two months, we get so busy. It’s been such a blessing.”

“We run specials every day at the original store, but at this new store, we’re not going to run any specials for a few weeks because everything is special right now.”

Until the new location receives its liquor license in about four weeks, it’s BYOB. After that, you can order homemade sangria, cocktails, Mezcal bloody Marys, beers, and four frozen margaritas – prickly pear, guava with blood orange juice, mango and a “Mariachi margarita” made with blood orange juice.

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