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Torchy’s Tacos Offers Trendy Concept

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN
Contributing Writer

BROOKSIDE LOCATION: Torchy’s Tacos is located at 3330 S. Peoria Ave. in Brookside.

BLAKE AUSTYN for GTR Newspapers

Torchy’s Tacos, 3330 S. Peoria Ave., opened its first and, currently, only Tulsa location in April of last year. The fast-casual restaurant sits in midtown Tulsa’s Brookside in a prime corner spot storefront that has been home to a number of restaurants who could not prove the test of time, including Wolfgang Puck’s and Hopbunz.

However, the Austin-based restaurant chain may be the one to change that, due to the popularity that Austin-based companies can have.

The restaurant began in 2006 as a food truck and has since grown to brick-and-mortar locations throughout Texas and Colorado and three locations in Oklahoma.

The menu is focused on 15 signature tacos. In addition, there are a few breakfast taco choices, chips and dips, sides and desserts plus one burrito and one salad, I suppose to appease those not in a taco mood.

The menu also offers approachable prices, with nothing over $8.

The restaurant is set up as a fast-casual order-at-the-counter concept. Although, a full bar sits near the front of the restaurant, where patrons can get full drink-and-food service.

I chose to sip a margarita, so I sat at the bar. The bartender suggested the Skinny 100, an on-the-rocks margarita made from scratch with a specialty 100 proof tequila. The first sip told me that they do not skimp on their alcohol.

Later, I opted for a house frozen margarita to compare. The frozen version is certainly tamer and $2 cheaper; for some individuals, that may be more of the ticket for them.

For my dinner, I chose to sample tacos. First, I selected the Fried Avocado—hand-battered and fried avocados in a corn tortilla with refried beans, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese and poblano sauce. I loved the flavor of all of the veggies in this taco. I did not need to add any additional sauces, the flavor was excellent.

On the other hand, the Tipsy Chick, chicken fajita, spinach, grilled corn, green chiles, cheese and chipotle sauce in a flour tortilla, was missing a lot of the moistness and flavor that I found in the avocado taco. I needed to add a lot of a secondary sauce that came with the dish: bacon bourbon marmalade, which helped with the moistness, but I wouldn’t have chosen to add the sweetness.

My tablemate ventured away from the taco theme and chose the Grande Burrito. Individuals get the choice of beef, pork, chicken or veggie and the choice of pinto or black beans. She chose veggie and black beans.

I took a bite, and I’m glad that I did. This was, by far, my favorite dish of the night, with its depth of flavor and heartiness. In the burrito are the usual suspects: pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and cheese, but something about the combination of those flavors rolled into the tortilla made it out of this world.

As a side order, my friend tried the Street Corn, topped with cilantro, ancho aioli sauce and cheese. Nothing memorable or inventive here. Just the basic flavors.

We also opted for a small order of chips and salsa. Again, nothing to write home about.

Torchy’s is currently open seven days a week: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and closing at 11 p.m. on Fridays; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
However, starting on Sept. 4, Monday-Friday, the restaurant will begin opening at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 918-495-4073.

Updated 08-19-2018

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