UPDATE: Velvet Taco Fort Worth is not yet open for lunch. It will open daily at 5 p.m. Lunch service is slated to begin later this week.
Fort Worth gourmet taco lovers, your wait is over. Velvet Taco is here.
The Fort Worth outpost of the funky, Dallas-based taqueria opens Monday at 5 p.m. in the spot once occupied by Brad Hensarling’s Gold Standard bar, and 7th Haven before that.
Bonus for you taco-craving night owls: it’s open late (till midnight and 3 and 4 a.m., depending on the day of the week).
Of course, this isn’t your average taco joint. It’s set apart by its cheffy stuffings like fried paneer, Kumato, pea tendrils and raw ahi poke, as well as prices to match (most tacos on the menu hover around the $4 range; the seafood tacos go from about 5 bucks up to $7.42 for the ahi poke taco). They also make their own corn tortillas.
Of course, there’s no shortage of gringo taco joints in Fort Worth, from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop to Austin import Torchy’s Tacos. But ever since the original opened in 2011, on Henderson Avenue in Dallas, excitement has been building for a Cowtown location. In 2011, Malcolm Mayhew gave the Dallas spot a rave – for its food, late hours, and devotion to eco-friendliness.
Velvet Taco is part of Fork It Over Restaurants, whose concepts also include Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar, both in Plano. Overseeing the kitchen and recipes is John Franke, corporate chef for Fork It Over.
The Fort Worth location is larger than the Dallas spot, with a seating capacity of 50 inside (and, for those days when it warms up above freezing, 16 outside on the patio).
The Cowtown branch also offers the increasingly popular back-door chicken: take $20 in cash, head on to VT’s back door, wait a few minutes and you’ll get a whole rotisserie chicken, two sides of elote corn, six corn tortillas, roasted corn pico de gallo and Korean BBQ sauce. (On Mondays, it’s only $10.)
Let us know if you’re going, or if you’ve been (post a comment below). We want to know what you’re eating, so we can perfect our lunch orders this week.