Restaurant talk: Taqueria El Si Hay (video)

While sitting at Bolsa with some friends, I gazed across the street upon El Si Hay.  I was intrigued.  El Si Hay is a tiny taqueria that is a stone’s throw from Bishop Arts District.  This taco gem is literally standing room only for two employees, one to take orders and the other to cook them up.  Upon arriving you will see a long line as well as soda bottle caps covering the ground.  There is very little parking available and no tables to sit at to eat.  Downfall?  No.  People stand, sit on the curb, or pull down the tailgate to picnic.  This is my kind of place.  For me, it’s the entire experience.  Tacos are served in two layered corn tortillas with cilantro, onions, and a lime.  You can request flour tortillas, sides of salsa etc.  In my opinion, the best street taco in Dallas is their Al Pastor.  Perfect taste, not too spicy, and cheaper than Fuel City at a buck and change.

At night…it becomes more than just tacos when Jose brings his elotes cart to serve the masses.  He sets up around 5:30pm and serves until he runs out of supplies.  Elotes is a layered dish of roasted corn, a generous portion of butter, salt and pepper, sour cream, Mexican cheese, and a little chili sauce in a Styrofoam cup.  My husband orders mine the same every time, “con un poco de chile”.  Jose laughs, “Ahhh, para su esposa.”  When I asked Jose the largest number of elotes he has sold in one evening, he answered in Spanish, “It just depends on how many people line up.  On the weekends, it can be over a hundred.”  This is how quickly he can crank one out.

Video credit: Rob Shearer

I am not kidding when I say that I dream about elotes, and wake up wanting them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  At $2.50 each, I’d say it’s the best value in Dallas.

Taqueria El Si Hay

601 West Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4042


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  • Tim

    Agree with folks that the tacos at El Si Hay are very, very overrated. El Padrino (right in Bishop Arts) and Fuel City/Fuel Town are the best in North Oak Cliff. Except, of course, if you’re near any La Michoacana Meat Market…their tacos beat everyone else’s hands down.

  • Angela

    I tried the elotes at El Si Hay last weekend and I wasn’t too impressed but that may be because Jose didn’t have any lemon to add. The best elote I’ve had so far, was at Walgreens on Zang and Illinois. I tried the barbacoa and fajita tacos at El Si Hay. The barbacoa tacos were good, but I didn’t care for the fajita tacos. For fajita tacos, I normally go to La Paisanita on Davis. I will have to go back to El Si Hay and try the el pastor.

  • Ismael

    I agree PequenoP, I’m not very fond of their tacos BUT the elotes are pretty much the best found in OC. You should try the tacos at El Padrino #1 off Jefferson\Bishop or their location off Davis [across from Cafe Brazil]. they make great tacos dude.

    Iz

  • The elotes were amazing; we used lemon in ours by suggestion of the “elotes man,” which I have never thought to do before. The tacos … meh. The corn tortillas are way too thick to double up, and mine were so greasy, I couldn’t even finish them. I’m willing to give them another shot since so many people are in love with this place, but on first visit, I was not impressed.

  • Kelly

    He usually just puts his homemade picante on top. I always have him put a scoop in the middle, too. We eat there about twice a week.

  • Ismael

    Nice article Candace. I visit,” El Si Hay” on the weekends just to pick up a few elotes. you should try squeezing some lime and sprinkling a little bit of salt…you’ll love it even more. 🙂

  • EdwardSzabo

    For discussion: the only people you see eating on the benches, curb, etc., eating their delicious tacos, are almost always white hipsters.

    If you see a huge Suburban or other SUV sitting for fifteen minutes with its engine running, belching fumes, chances are it is a Latino family eating their delicious tacos.

    Arguably, the Latinos are the more authentically Texan in their preference for high carbon emissions over “authentic, local” experience.

  • Amazing, as usual! This one made me so hungry… good thing I’m going to Bolsa tonight, so I can see Jose on the way home 😉