This past weekend we had a family get-together in Salt Lake.
When the location of the get-together had been chosen, Mark instantly requested that we go eat at one of our old favorites, Lone Star Taqueria.
It's kinda funny how we/I discovered this place.
In 2003, Mark and I had a few "breaks" in the first few months of our dating relationship, and here's why this particular "break" was like fate for us. On this "break" I went on a blind lunch-date with someone I had met online...at least, I think that's how I met him. All I remember is that he had a red car and he was balding. And what do I remember most about this blind date? That he took me to Lone Star Taqueria. I'm pretty sure I ordered a tamale, and I'm pretty sure I hadn't expected to fall head over heels....for a restaurant! When I think back, I picture myself immersed in my eating experience, looking at my date, and not hearing a word he said because I was enjoying each and every bite--I was in my own little world. I may, or may not have, thought about Mark and how much I knew he'd love this place. Short story short, Mark and I soon got back together (thankfully) and we invited Lone Star to be part of our relationship (thankfully).
It had always been a fairly busy place with a steady flow of customers, but on this day, we discovered that it truly has attracted the masses. As you can see, the drive-thru line is out to Ft. Union Boulevard and the parking lot is packed. We had to park in the bank parking lot just East of Lone Star T.
The chunky guacamole itself is a must-try--if what you ordered doesn't already come with a huge dollop--with cilantro and chunks of tomatoes and onions it's guacamole heaven for all!
Their fresh chips are thick and crispy, so there's no going soggy with these nachos.
Mark's brother, Mike, and his wonderful, beautiful fam, came with us to try this place out. We were excited to bring first-timers. They loved every bite!
They kindly let me take pictures of their food as well.
Mark is a die-hard fish taco fan from here at Lone Star Taqueria, but today, since they were using salmon (which is fine), he decided to try the carnitas tacos. He ordered four.
Again, you can't go wrong.
The burrito is huge. The salsas are delish.
Oh how I love a good tamale. This particular beef tamale sets the bar for all others that I try. It HAS to be the best tamale in the state. I like to dip each bite in the little cup of jalapeno mayo; it's the perfect coolant. I wanted to close my eyes the entire time I ate it.
It had been too long since my last one, TOO long.
Lone Star Taqueria has incredible flavors, awesome service, and lots of charm. Try the tamale, or of course, try the tacos.......try everything!
After we left, I suddenly realized that Lone Star has been on Diner's Drive-Ins, and Dives. Is this why it was this packed? Rightly so if that's the case.