Fort Worth is great for about 700 billion reasons. It’s the perfect mix of down-home charm and city sensibility, and is home to lots of great entertainment, art, business and food. I mean, in what other city can you travel from the honky-tonk to the opera in less than fifteen minutes? I’ll wait for your answ—oh wait, there isn’t one, is there? Let’s
face it. There’s just nowhere like Fort Worth, our beloved Funky Town. There is one caveat to my love affair with my city: sometimes my tastebuds get bored. Don’t get me wrong; there’s a lot of great food around town, and even morea short drive away in Dallas (not-so-short if you get stuck in that monster Dallas traffic), but sometimes I crave something more exciting, more interesting, more…FuNkY, something that makes my tastebuds do cartwheels across my tongue.
Enter Velvet Taco, located conveniently on West 7th. I’ve been passing by Velvet Taco for weeks, wondering what it was all about (tacos, maybe?), but every time I passed by it was in construction limbo. The outside looked exciting, and the sign said “Open REALLY Late,” so I imagined a magical fairy tale land where delicious and original tastes would be hiding in the wee hours; but I didn’t get my hopes up, because where do those places exist? Well, dreams do come true, y’all.
Technically, the only entrée on the menu at Velvet Taco is, well, tacos. But don’t be fooled; these tacos aren’t even on the same plane as Taco Bell/Bueno/Cabana/Whatever. With things on the menu like Crispy Calamari and Falafel tacos, Velvet Taco combines worldwide tastes with a hip and tasteful atmosphere. There are high tables and stools indoors (perfect for joyously swingin’ your feet after a good meal) and an awesome patio that looks out toward Montgomery Plaza and the surrounding shops. Plus the music was good, and really, what more can you ask for?
I came in with a few friends and had the Cuban Pig & Grilled Flank Steak tacos; they were world-shatteringly good. Imagine all of your favorite parts of a pig—pulled pork, shaved ham and bacon—all nestled inside an airy tortilla, sprinkled with a little magic. That’s the Cuban Pig. Granted, the “magic” is really gruyere cheese, brined pickles and grain mustard, but you understand my point. I will say that I was skeptical about the Grilled Flank Steak initially, but I went with my gut and my gut was right. The combination of steak, Portobello mushrooms, white queso and Mexican oregano made not only for a visually pleasing taco, but a delicious one too, as evidenced by me embarrassingly licking my fingers at the table. #sorrynotsorry
Here’s another kicker: Velvet Taco also offers what they call “ Backdoor Chicken,” a whole rotisserie chicken and sides for only twenty bucks—plus you get to feel cool and actually knock on the back door and hand a person money, drug dealer style. The WTF, or “Weekly Taco Feature”, lets guests know what’s jumpin’ on the menu that day, but all of the tacos are made fresh and thus customizable. I’d recommend that you just follow your tummy and dive in, face first.
Velvet Taco has another location in Dallas, but everyone I spoke to told me that the two stores are sisters, not twins. The West 7th location is geared towards Fort Worth’s style, and is twice the size of the original Dallas location. Also, word on the street is that other Texas locations are in the works, as well as some possible California locations. Either way, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t planning on becoming a regular customer at least at one of them. Holla.