Al Pastor Taco (El Tizoncito, Dallas)
Where It's From: El Tizoncito, 3404 W. Illinois Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas
Why It's a Standout: The impersonal fast-casual décor (it's in an old Starbucks space) obscures an undeniable truth: El Tizoncito's tacos al pastor are first-rate. The staff makes its corn tortillas from nixtamalized masa, soaking them overnight in lime, which produces an earthier flavor. And the vertical spit, on conspicious display to mesmerize and tantalize all, spins with glorious pork marinated in guajillo chile rather than achiote. Put the two together, serve with pineapple chunks alongside the customary onions and cilantro, and watch the sparks fly.