If you live in Dallas, you eat tacos — simple as that. Jose Ralat-Maldonado has chronicled the best of this distinctive street food on his Taco Trail blog for years, but this weekend moves from commentator to impresario with his inaugural North Texas Taco Festival in Deep Ellum on Saturday. You can sample tacos from restos like El Tizoncito (pictured), Lazaranda and Urban Taco, plus attend a panel discussion and a “taco throwdown” with top Dallas chefs competing.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 19, 2013.