Velvet Taco

They call it "a temple to the liberated taco," and now Dallas-based Velvet Taco has landed in Buckhead and erected one of their taco temples across from the St. Regis Hotel. This is a fast-casual restaurant that exudes a fun, irreverent vibe but takes their "globe-trotting tacos" very seriously. Of course, a couple of "Kick Ass" margaritas make it all the more fun to enjoy.

Everything starts, as you might imagine, with a hand-made tortilla which comes in several varieties-flour, corn, waffle-style, maroon-colored hibiscus corn and even a lettuce wrap for you Keto-fans. Indeed, their motto "set my tacos free," applies as the kaleidoscope of flavors break many traditional molds.

Build your own or try one of the inventive concoctions like the Spicy Tikka Chicken, Fried Paneer, Picnic Chicken, Falafel, Cuban Pig, Annatto Shredded Pork or Ahi Poke tacos. These units are rich, full of explosive flavors and are incredibly filling. Everything is made from scratch, slow-roasted, smoked or pickled inhouse-and you can tell. And brunch addicts can scratch two places with one taco-- the Chicken & Waffle made with fried chicken tenders and peppered bacon in a waffle tortilla will do the trick. Also bucking the Mexican norm be sure to try the Red Curry Coconut Queso, the creamy 'Elote' Corn and a decadent Red Velvet Cake (don't miss the erotic oil painting of a voluptuous Marie Anionite stuffing her face with red velvet cake adorns the wall).

Pro tip: Velvet Taco offers pick-up service, including their "secret" Backdoor Chicken - a whole Rotisserie Chicken, two sides of 'Elote' Corn, six corn tortillas, roasted corn pico de gallo and heat sauce. Usually $20, "BDC" is sold for $10 on Mondays only.

Open 7 days a week for lunch at 11 am (and brunch on weekends starting at 10 am), night owls, revelers, and midnight snackers will adore Velvet Taco's nocturnal offerings: open until midnight Sunday-Monday, 2 am Tuesday-Wednesday and 3 am Thursday-Saturday.

Multiple visits to Velvet Taco are requisite as you will never conquer the menu in one or two sittings. The good news is that the menu's wide-variety, consistent freshness, kid- and adult-friendliness, ease of getting in and out and reasonable prices, you should have zero reasons not to make it a regular in your casual, quick-serve rotation.

About Velvet Taco:

Founded in 2011, the Dallas, Texas-based concept set out to elevate the taco through globally-inspired recipes and the freshest ingredients. The acclaimed restaurant provides a broad sampling of international tastes and inventive combinations, delivering flavors that are as memorable as they are delicious. In 2016, Velvet Taco was awarded Nation's Restaurant News "Hot Concept." The Atlanta location marks Velvet Taco's first Southeast location, joining restaurants in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

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