If there’s a constant in our ever-changing city, it’s that Austin can’t get enough of tacos. Whether from traditional taquerias or new-school joints like Tacodeli or Torchy’s, chances are you’ll eat at least one taco this week.
It’s no wonder that savvy businesses from other cities want to get in on the action. On July 18, Dallas-based Velvet Taco confirmed that a second Austin location will be opening in the Music Lane development off South Congress Avenue.
A company rep tells CultureMap that the new Velvet Taco will roll out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019. The eatery will join other confirmed tenants in the new development like a three-story location of the New York City-based gym Equinox and a location of swanky members-only social club Soho House.
The upscale counter service restaurant, which jumped into the Austin market at the Domain Northside’s Rock Rose strip in March 2017, is known for fusion tacos filled with tikka masala chicken and cilantro basmati rice; falafel and tahini crema; and slow-roasted pulled pork with shaved ham, bacon, and Gruyere.
Also popular are the restaurant's all-day brunch frittatas in varieties like barbacoa with corn pico and salsa verde; sides like red curry coconut queso; elotes; and tots served with egg, smoked cheddar, chili butter, and herbed goat cheese. Whole rotisserie chickens, served with tortillas and sauces, will be available to-go.
Like other locations in the growing Texas chain, the new South Austin Velvet Taco will also carry local craft beer and sodas. The signature cocktail is the Kick Ass Margarita, made from Lunazul tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and orange liqueur.
Velvet Taco isn’t the only taco brand with big expansion plans in Austin. In March, Torchy’s Tacos said it will open a new location at 110 San Antonio St. at an as-yet-unknown date. Not to be outdone, Tacodeli announced it is also coming downtown with a new shop at 301 Congress Ave. opening in early 2019.