A new taqueria from Palo Santo owner Jacques Gautier is slated to open by the end of the month in the space on Union Street just east of Fourth Avenue that was most recently home to Fort Reno. All tortillas will be made to order, and a rotating roster of about a dozen tacos will be available at all times, along with a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.
The still-unnamed taqueria was inspired by the success of the tacos served at Palo Santo, and will draw inspiration from the tacos in Central Mexico, Southern California, and Texas. Rotating $3 tacos will include pork, chorizo, chicken, duck mole, mushroom, cactus, Baja-style fish tacos, fried avocado, grilled fish, and pork surtido, made with offal and other uncomon cuts (they'll be breaking down whole pigs and going with a snout-to-tail approach), and the most expensive offering will be a $5 lobster taco. Rice and beans and other masa-based specialties like quesadillas, sopes, and huaraches will also be on offer. They'll also be delivering.
"We want this to be a tortilleria as much as a taqueria," Gautier told me. "Lots of taquerias in Southern California make their tortillas to order, and we're designing the kitchen around making tortillas."
Gautier will serve as executive chef; the chef de cuisine will be Puebla native Alejandro Bonilla, who's been the sous chef at Palo Santo for a few years and has also spent time at Applewood and Yardbird in Miami. Heading up the bar will be Corey Lange, who's been bartending locally for years and was last at High Dive on Fifth. He's building a cocktail list that revolves around mezcal.
Two year-old Fort Reno closed for the holidays and won't be re-opening, and its replacement will be open by early February at the latest. They're on the hunt for a name; if you have any suggestions you can let them know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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