Perhaps the best new taqueria in Texas can be found in Bedford, where a chef puts a gourmet spin on tacos filled with everything from tandoori chicken to beef Wellington.
Chief Chetra Chau takes on global tacos, serving everything from bacon banh mi on soft, steamed flour tortillas with the feel of a bao bun.
Dream Tacos’ only problem has been serving the crowds that come to the restaurant, next to Chetra’s Kitchen Grill & Bistro in the otherwise boring Bedford Central Plaza, across from Twisted Root Burger.
Chau is a longtime partner of the now defunct Main Street Cafe and MS Cafe in Arlington. Later, he was a hotel chef and private chef.
He intentionally opened Chetra during the pandemic to start slow and ramp up, he said.
“I’ve wanted to open for a long time, but it was a good time to find a location and get started,” he said.
“I figured if I could survive the pandemic, it would work.”
Chetra’s appetizer tacos – Wellington, a Philly, Vietnamese pork belly or bulgogi – were such hits that he decided to open The Dream Tacos alongside with additional Asian and global flavors.
“I want to show people that there’s more to tacos than meets the eye,” he said.
It is inspired by restaurants in Las Vegas, he said.
“If you’re just looking for a good taqueria, I can do that too,” he said.
The fries at Dream Tacos are thin and light, the salsa goes well, and the nachos and quesadillas compare well to other restaurants.
A smoked chicken, Philly or tandoori taco ($7.99) is more than enough for lunch. Or try the chili beef taco relleno ($9.99), sushi taco ($9.99) or lobster-shrimp taco ($13.99).
The bar menu includes habanero-mango margaritas, martinis, pina coladas, and tiki drinks.
Drawing on his experience in Arlington and Dallas, Chau chose Bedford for his restaurants because “it’s the heart in the center of Dallas-Fort Worth,” he said.