Taqueria La Ventana Opens in Cedar Springs

Last Wednesday, Taqueria La Ventana’s new Cedar Springs location celebrated its grand opening. In its first few days in operation, LV’s business has been booming. Taco heads are loving how quickly they can walk up to the stand, order tacos, and receive their order in a matter of minutes, despite how packed the booth is at any given time.

Although “La Ventana,” which translates to “The Window,” refers to the traditional Mexican method in which people order and receive tacos from the booth’s window, my friend Josh and I had the privilege of having our orders taken at our patio table on the night of the grand opening.

Upon our arrival, we meet Blake, one of the managers, who instructs, Jose, one of the cashiers to tend to mine and Josh’s needs.

Josh and I kick things off with frozen margaritas. I find the consistency of the margaritas to be like that of a Slurpee, minus any stubborn “frozen spots” at the bottom of the cup. The lime and alcohol flavors are perfectly balanced, and the drink goes down smoothly.

Cheers to Taqueria La Ventana’s grand opening (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Jose then brings us chips, with sides of queso, guacamole, and salsa. As for the queso and guacamole, I find both of them very light on spice. The salsa, on the other hand, is hot, spicy, and packs a powerful punch. I had never been served cooked salsa before, but this distinction in LV’s salsa makes for a delightful surprise. LV’s salsa is now a new favorite of mine.

Chips, queso, and guacamole (photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

When it comes time for the tacos, I order the barbacoa and the suadero. Josh orders the pollo and the bistec. I am happy to see that whoever arranged the tacos doesn’t skimp on the meat. Plus, the cilantro and onion are served on the side, allowing the guest to throw on as much or as little as they want.

Taqueria La Ventana’s famous tacos (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

As a Hispanic, I have high expectations for these tacos, and I must say, they were met. The meats are flavorful and spicy, and the tacos as a whole are filling and satisfying. I highly recommend adding the creamy tomatillo sauce to any of their tacos, because it is absolutely to die for! 

The team at Taqueria La Ventana is very efficient. Josh and I are amazed by how quickly our orders were taken and fulfilled, as well as how attentive the team members were. We leave the restaurant very pleased with our experience and with everyone who took care of us that evening.

Taqueria La Ventana makes for a cute, authentic taqueria in a highly urbanized district. It is the perfect place to meet with friends for tacos and margaritas in the summer heat, or to grab a late night snack after throwing down drinks at Station 4.

Taqueria La Ventana’s new Cedar Springs location is open Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How Pazzo Encompasses Everything Dallasites Love About Uptown

When Dallasites head out for a night in Uptown, they are seeking delicious food, good drinks, and/or fun music. Cedar Springs’s newest opening, Pazzo, has managed to combine these three elements to create an Italian dining and lounging experience. Pazzo is the brainchild of Luke Zeutzius, whose mission is to bring an evolving menu designed for the American Italian fusion enthusiast.

Upon arriving at Pazzo’s media and influencer event, I am greeted with smiles from two casually dressed young ladies, who quickly seat me in the proper section. I am first offered water, and once the server returns with a cold glass, I am then asked for my drink order.

To kick things off, I order the Walk of Shame, which consists of Zephyr gin, lemon, and Angostura bitters. It is a tangy, fruity, sour drink, which tastes like lemonade with a hard kick.

The Walk of Shame (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

I follow the Walk of Shame up with the Straight Skinny, which consists of Código, agave, and lime. It is Pazzo’s version of the margarita and it has a light taste. The agave makes it sweet, but not to the point where it overpowers the tequila and lime. Most house margaritas taste like Slurpees, however, Pazzo’s tastes like a delicious, healthy juice that one could pick up at a Pilates studio; theirs just happens to be kicked up a hard notch.

The Straight Skinny (Photo Credit: Alex Gonzalez)

After drinks, the servers bring out a variety of appetizers, including the White Truffle Garlic Bread, Crispy Polenta Cakes, and Crispy Eggplant. Although all of the appetizers are phenomenal, my personal favorite would have to be the Crispy Polenta Cakes. As a Texan, I love my pork, and Pazzo’s polenta cakes come topped with a sweet, shredded, savory pork shoulder. It is the perfect merging of Italian and Texan culture.

Crispy Polenta Cakes (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Before the main entree, the servers bring out what’s called The Vinegary One, which is Pazzo’s house salad. The signature dressing nicely complements the greens and vegetables, giving it a salty, lemony taste.

Pazzo’s house salad: “The Vinegary One” (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

For my main course, I order The Cripsy Piece of the Lasagna, which is a lasagna dish layered with spinach noodles, bolognese sauce, and a combination of fresh and aged cheeses. As its name suggests, the noodles are rather crisp. The bolognese sauce is hot, hearty, and packed with spice and flavor.

The Crispy Piece of the Lasagna (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

To wrap things up, I pick the Chocolate Chip Cookie Panwaffle “Smore” as my dessert. A fun fact about this is that Pazzo’s owner Luke Zeutzius invented and patented the Panwaffle pan, as a result of him and his younger brother arguing about what to eat for breakfast. The Panwaffle Smore is topped with strawberries, chocolate, graham crackers, ice cream, and burnt marshmallow fluff. It is a dessert experience unlike any other, and a must-try for first-time visitors.

The Panwaffle S’more (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

After dinner, we are taken to a lounge, in which the walls are lined up with couches. We toast with champagne to celebrate Pazzo’s prosperous future.

I leave Pazzo highly impressed with what I’ve experienced. Pazzo manages to encompass everything Dallasites love about Uptown, from fun, upbeat music, good drinks, and delicious (not to mention, relatively inexpensive) food.

Pazzo will begin serving items from their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus beginning February 2. They will also host a grand opening celebration on February 23.