Mario Bros Tacos Serves Monterrey-Style Street Food

Mario Bros Tacos // photos Emilee Prado
Mario Bros Tacos // photos Emilee Prado

Mario Bros Tacos, a Dallas favorite, has expanded north with a new location in East Plano, opened since Feb. 5. Tacos are a solid choice when dining here, but items like hamburguesas regias and la gran papas add to the unique flair of this taquería.

This restaurant serves Monterrey street food, which is also known as regio style. Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León, then immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s, the father-and-son team of Mario Moya Sr. and Mario Jr. started the family-run business. Mario Sr. developed his own recipes, which remain unshared, and he can be found preparing meats, marinades and salsas. Mario Jr. helped bring their catering business dream to fruition, and he manages the restaurants today.

Mario Sr. and Mario Jr. // photos Emilee Prado
Mario Sr. and Mario Jr. // photos Emilee Prado

The restaurant’s most popular item is trompo, slowly grilled and marinated pork on a vertical spit, which is then sliced and served in tacos, quesadillas and tortas, to name a few. Their hamburguesas regias are another customer favorite, with meat patties that are always fresh and seasoned with Mario Sr.’s own recipe. Other entrees include burritos and hot dogs, and meat options include bistec, pollo, barbacoa, tripas and chorizo.

Many customers also look forward to their trio of weekend specials: pork pozole stew, beef menudo stew and tacos al vapor. Staying true to their regio style, both stews are prepared red style. Tacos al vapor are made with a rotating selection of meat, which include shredded pork, shredded beef and refried beans, and are steamed in a large pot. As a result, these tacos are moist and savory, usually served with cabbage and grilled onion. Make sure to swing by early as the weekend specials tend to sell out.

Hamburguesa regia served with charro beans and fries
Hamburguesa regia served with charro beans and fries

The Moya family’s journey into the food business started as a weekend venture when Mario Sr. and his wife, Nancy, served tacos and burgers to their neighbors. During this, their son, Mario Jr., worked a desk job but found true joy toiling in the food business. He saved up enough money to officially start their catering company in 2014, when his father was able to retire from his job as a truck driver and focus on cooking full time. In 2015, they opened their first brick and mortar and have two locations today. Other members of the Moya family as well as close friends help run their restaurants.

“When my family and I first started Mario Bros Tacos in 2014, we could never have imagined we would have two taquerías and a strong loyal following in Dallas and beyond,” Mario Jr. shared. Even through unprecedented events such as the pandemic and the February snowstorm, loyal customers continued to show support for their delicious food and warm hospitality.

Located in the Panther Park shopping center near Park and Jupiter, the taquería has an upbeat and casual atmosphere, attributed to their nod to the nostalgic video game and paying homage to the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León. The restaurant’s motto is “Peace. Love. Mario Bros Tacos” with Mario Jr. promising that “every customer who walks through our door becomes family and is treated as such.”

Mario Bros Tacos >

2380 E Park Blvd, Suite 416
Plano, TX 75074

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