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Local Flavor - Carrying the Torch

Aug 14, 2013 04:24PM ● By tina

Torchy's Tacos Brings Bold, Unique Flavors to Southlake

To the delight of all Southlake taco-lovers, Austin-based taco joint Torchy’s Tacos opened its seventh DFW location on Southlake Boulevard in June. So exactly how different is it from the many taco restaurants in town? Famous for its self-professed “damn good” tacos, Torchy’s menu boasts outrageously delicious taco combinations, from Baja shrimp with cooked cabbage slaw, pickled jalapeños and onions to seared ahi tuna with queso fresco and chipotle sauce. Between the generous amount of goodness stuffed between each tortilla and the just-right prices, Torchy’s might become your new favorite food destination.

We visited Torchy’s only seven days after it opened, arriving before noon — parking spots in the area (near RunOn! and Snappy Salads) fill up quickly come lunchtime. The warm summer day provided the perfect setting for dining on Torchy’s outdoor patio, complete with wooden picnic tables and wide umbrellas offering respite from the bright sun. Although we couldn’t find a taco that didn’t sound appealing, we chose the chicken fajita ($3.50), fried avocado ($3.75) and Mr. Orange ($4.75) — a corn tortilla wrapped around blackened salmon, grilled corn and black-bean relish, queso fresco, cilantro and avocado salsa. (We know — your mouth is watering.) The chicken fajita involved tender marinated meat, grilled onions and peppers, cheese and pico, while the fried avocado was packed with fresh, hand-battered avocado chunks, vegetarian refried beans, pico, lettuce, cheese and poblano sauce.

Torchy’s offers tons more options like the Crossroads (smoked beef brisket plus onions, jalapenos, jack cheese, avocado and tomatillo sauce) and Brushfire (Jamaican jerk chicken with grilled jalapenos, mango, sour cream, cilantro and hot sauce), as well as the Democrat, Republican and Independent tacos (all worth trying no matter your leaning). The chips and guacamole is a must-try (get a half-order if you purchase more than one taco), and you can choose from a variety of Torchy’s famous sauces to top your tacos — ranging from roja to diablo on the heat scale. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, sample Torchy’s Love Puppies ($2.50), dark-chocolate brownies made from scratch every day, or Lil’ Nookies, deep-fried chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with ripe cherries. You’ll be sayin’ mm, mm good in no time.

Open at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Torchy’s is also a great place to start your day. Traditional breakfast tacos plus unique creations like the Wrangler (scrambled eggs, potatoes, smoked beef brisket, jack cheese and tomatillo sauce) make it the perfect spot to get your breakfast fix. So no matter your taco craving, head to Torchy’s for good ambiance, good prices and most importantly, “damn good” tacos.