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Xaco Taco brings Mexican regional food to the Jewelry District


Stepping into Xaco Taco is like entering a Mexican street fair, complete with the smell of fresh corn tortillas and – get this – a fully operational 1972 Volkswagen van converted into a taco truck. Replacing Rick’s Roadhouse, Xaco Taco is the most recent restaurant to come from John Elkhay and Chow Fun Food Group. After nearly two years of planning, the highly anticipated Jewelry District taco joint opened in January. “I’ve always loved Mexican and Central American food, and I traveled there often,” says Elkhay. “Our executive chef Andy Pyle moved here and was passionate about Mexican regional farm-to-table, so it was a perfect fit.” Elkhay points out that the tortillas mimic a 5,000-year-old Aztec recipe, using lime, water, and organic white corn. Popular menu items include the Carne Asada and the Baja Fish Tacos, but many vegan and vegetarian options are available as well. Each taco sells for $3.50 to $4.25, except for weekdays from 3 to 5pm and late night when tacos are just $2. The bar also stocks 60 varieties of mezcal and tequila to cap off your meal.