- $12 for $20 worth of Mexican food
Some of Juan Solis's most vivid memories can be traced back to a taco stand in San Felipe, Guanajuato, just a few hours south of Mexico City. There at a taco stand that belonged to his mother and father, Juan spent his childhood serving slow-roasted barbacoa, tender carnitas, and other sumptuous specialties meant to be folded inside warm tortillas and topped with fresh salsa. After moving to the United States, Solis dreamt of those flavors and aromas for years, unable to find anything that paralleled the tacos he enjoyed in his youth. Finally, he realized he was the only one who could truly mimic his mother's home cooking, and so he brought her recipes back to life by opening Tina's Cocina.
At his Fort Worth eatery, Solis and his team recreate the flavors of his youth. They chop fresh vegetables to make piquant salsas, slow-braise barbacoa ribs beneath a protective layer of yucca root, and season batches of carnitas with fresh oranges and bay leaves. These specialties go into traditional tacos, burritos, and tortas, but are also available by-the-pound for those who wish to build their own tacos at home or use the meats as an untraditional birthday cake filling. In addition to the savory taco fillings, Tina's Cocina also treats early risers to breakfast dishes like chorizo and egg burritos and huevos rancheros, while dinner welcomes a few more authentic dishes such as pozole with pulled chicken.