We've hoped and wished and stuck our faces against the glass during construction trying to figure out when the downtown Tacodeli will open. A year to the day after the company first announced it was bringing Doña sauce downtown, the answer has arrived.
The Austin institution will open its newest shop at 301 Congress Ave. on June 10, according to a release. The new restaurant will offer its signature menu of 40 tacos, including The Cowboy, Frontera Fundido, and The Otto — many of which helped turn the chain into a cult phenomenon.
To craft the tacos, salads, and starters, the farm-to-taco restaurant collaborates with farmers, ranchers, and purveyors across the state, including Pedernales Valley Farms in Fredericksburg and HeartBrand Beef in Harwood.
Eggs, meanwhile, are sourced from Vital Farms, known to podcast listeners as the sponsor of pretty much every podcast ever. Tacodeli began its partnership with Vital Farms in May and has since transitioned to Vital's Certified Humane, pasture-raised eggs across locations.
More than just another restaurant, this particular location — Tacodeli's sixth in Austin and 11th overall — will also feature a special tribute to the company's longtime artist Cindy “Crash” Raschke. Austin-based artist Mila Sketch will pay homage to Raschke, who died in 2017, with a large mural inside the space.
Considering it is downtown Austin, garage parking is available at 301 Congress Ave. and includes free two-hour parking on weekends.
Like its other locations, the shop will be open for breakfast and lunch, but this Tacodeli also invites guest to BYOB. After hours, the space will be available as an event venue, which hopefully means we'll be attending a Doña-themed dream wedding very soon.