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Taco Lingo, one of Dallas’ Most Anticipated Restaurants, will bring gourmet tacos, vinyl music, sleek vibe to Downtown’s Uptown next month


A new taco-centric restaurant called Taco Lingo will bring the universal language of tacos, music and margaritas to a buzzy neighborhood near the northern edge of downtown Dallas next month.

Located just a few steps north of The Henry restaurant, Taco Lingo springs from REACH Restaurant Group, the braintrust behind Pie Tap Pizza Workshop and Ojos Locos.

Taco Lingo sits a few steps north of The Henry, which opens tomorrow (we told you that a couple of weeks ago) in the new $300 million Union Building at 2301 Akard St.

Reach culinary director Stan Rodrigues tells EscapeHatch that Taco Lingo will go way beyond the usual taco spot .

“We’ll be making really great tacos and margaritas, better than anyone else around here,” says Rodrigues, who’s been tweaking the Pie Tap menu and creating the Taco Lingo menu for the past few months.

“The tacos are all made with hand-pressed tortillas made in-house and filled with high quality ingredients like A Bar N Ranch wagyu skirt steak, buffalo chicken, shrimp, wild mushrooms, and carnitas cooked in the style of porchetta, almost confited, so they’re crispy and crunchy and full of deep, roasted flavor.”

Rodrigues says he’ll also make barbacoa nachos using beef short ribs rather than brisket, and beverage director Andrew Sofko is taking margaritas “way past agave and tequila” with a broad-based mix of unique cocktails. Huberto Lira, an alum of 60 Vines and Montlake Cut, is Taco Lingo’s chef de cuisine.

Look for tacos in the $4-$7 range, which Rodrigues says is reasonable for that neighborhood given the quality of the ingredients and size of the menu.

“We want to be the place that industry folks hang out after everything else closes,” says Rodrigues. “It’s a taco-heavy menu with killer music – that’s our taco lingo. Tacos and vinyl music.”

Taco Lingo is slated to debut mid-March.

photos: Taco Lingo test kitchen

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