Tacodeli, the Austin-based restaurant known for its use of locally sourced and organic ingredients, announced on Tuesday, April 4, that its first Houston-area location will debut on April 11.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Tacodeli features about 40 meat, seafood, and vegetarian options such as the Tikin Xic (achiote-marinated grilled salmon, spicy salsa negra, habanero-onion escabeche, cilantro); the Cowboy Taco (dry-rubbed beef tenderloin, grilled corn, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, guacamole, queso fresco); and the Otto (organic refried black beans, bacon, avocado, and Monterrey Jack cheese).
Since it opened in 1999, chef-founder Roberto Espinosa and partner Eric Wilkerson have expanded Tacodeli to five locations in Austin and one in Dallas. The Houston location will feature lots of interior space and a covered patio.
"I've been a huge fan of the Houston restaurant scene since I first started visiting back in the '80s. It’s really amazing to know that we will be able to offer tacos in this vibrant and diverse city,” said Espinosa in a statement. "We are especially excited to be opening in a unique part of the city along Washington Avenue with great neighbors such as B&B Butchers and Julep in the immediate vicinity in addition to the recently-opened Platypus Brewing in our building."
Tacodeli will be competing with places like Dallas-based Velvet Taco, as well as recently arrived homegrown options like La Macro, Dizzy Kaktus, and La Calle Tacos & Tortas. Despite all that, Houstonians' affection for all things Austin suggests Tacodeli will be just fine.