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Austin Taco Chain Opens Its First-Ever Downtown Restaurant

There will be a free taco party at Torchy’s Tacos at the Northshore building

The array from Torchy’s Tacos
The array from Torchy’s Tacos
Torchy’s Tacos/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Torchy’s Tacos, the Austin-born taco chain, is finally opening its first-ever downtown restaurant starting on Tuesday, December 11 at 110 San Antonio Street, within the Northshore mixed-use development building.

Much like the restaurant’s other openings, Torchy’s will preview the space with a free taco party the day before. On deck will be free tacos (naturally), drinks, chips, digs, and giveaways from 5 to 8 p.m.

Torchy’s Tacos Northshore will include its usual fast-casual tacos (think fajitas, fried avocado, jerk chicken, ahi tuna, migas), along with queso, salsa, chips, and more. It’s unclear if this location will serve beer and margaritas yet. The restaurant will feature bar-height tables with sliding tabletops, designed by Drophouse Design

Torchy’s fellow restaurants within the Northshore building include French restaurant and bakery Le Politique (which is actually temporarily closed for renovations right now) and upscale Mexican restaurant ATX Cocina.

Nearby, South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant Polvos opened on Nueces Street this past spring. Several blocks away, Austin’s other local taco chain Tacodeli is opening its first downtown location as well on Congress Avenue.

Torchy’s Tacos founder Michael Rypka opened the first Torchy’s back in 2006, and it quickly expanded with locations all across Texas, as well as Colorado and Oklahoma. There are currently 14 Austin-area Torchy’s, with two more to come (Round Rock, Pflugerville).

Remember when President Barack Obama stopped by Torchy’s Tacos for politically inspired tacos?

Torchy's Tacos

1822 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 916-9025 Visit Website

Torchy's Tacos [Downtown]

110 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website