Austin Is Cool
The long-gestating Austin City Taco Co., a new fast-casual taqueria concept making its debut in the Cultural District, will be open for business on April 24 at 5 pm, serving tacos, fries with queso, and house-made salsas in a variety of flavors.
The restaurant is located at 517 University Dr., in the space formerly occupied by The Grotto.
Austin City was founded by Cameron Powell, a Fort Worth resident and UT alumnus who drew his inspiration from Austin, with the signature dish being 18-hour smoked brisket tacos.
To help execute his vision, he assembled a team that included Juan Rodriguez, chef and owner of Magdalena's (and CultureMap Tastemaker Best Chef nominee), and Plan B Group, the Dallas-based architecture/branding/design company.
Their decor features interior brick walls and has a kind of woodsy beige thing going on with aqua accents and cheerful yellow seating.
The menu includes tacos with rotisserie chicken, Gulf shrimp, and veggies.
- 4 chicken tacos, including one called the "State Fair," and another called al carbon
- 4 brisket tacos; 3 with shrimp, including salt & vinegar, Baja, and Gulf coast
- 2 pork, including pastor
There are 2 veggie tacos and 5 breakfast tacos: bacon & egg, chorizo & egg, and potato & egg, plus a migas taco, and an indulgent one called Midnight Craving.
They also have french fries with queso, and a line of salsas that include guajillo, jalapeño, habanero, and jalapeño-vinegar. They're making their own tortillas in flour, corn, blue corn, and a half-and-half that's plain and blue corn together.
When they say their inspiration is from Austin, it seems like they're talking about Torchy's, a chain well known for its fries with green chile queso. Austin City's version has a little extra pop, with skin-on fries and a drizzle of habanero sauce.
They're also on top of a big dessert trend, by offering soft-serve ice cream.
Beverage offerings include frozen house margaritas, beer, Topo Chico, bottled Mexican Coca-Colas, and nitro cold brew coffee.