Authentic Mexican food makes the world go round in San Antonio; and with an artistic concept, people will enjoy what the city can do next when both are combined.
Tacoart, located in the Quarry Village, recently opened its doors to several hundred taco enthusiasts. The locally owned and operated restaurant concept features authentic Mexican cuisine and exclusive artwork, created by award-winning artist Joseph Silvas, together in harmony.
Tacoart brings a sense of authentic Mexican culture to the San Antonio food scene, earning a unique edge over the plethora of taco establishments in the Alamo City. Local Owner Adriana Llano, who previously opened Urban Taco in the same location, explained how the new concept is dedicated to her daughter.
“It actually revolves all around my daughter. She always has high energy and every time you see her, she is running and smiling,” Llano told La Prensa. “What better way to express herself than through color. When creating this concept, that was the first thing that had to happen. There is color everywhere, and I think the outcome of everything was based on her personality.”
As you walk into the restaurant, you will find art incorporated into every facet of the restaurant, from graffiti in the bathrooms to chalkboards and paper linens on the tables for guests to be creative.
Looking into the menu, you will find a variety of appealing appetizers and tacos.
The Tacoart Chips and Salsa offer gluten free chips with a pick of your favorite salsa, either verde, roja, roasted or avocado green, while the Sierra Fria Guacamole is a mixture of a Mexican avocado, fresh lime juice, spicy piquin topped with queso fresco and cilantro. The Esquites Gomez, a true Mexican favorite, offers corn with mayo, lime juice, spicy piquin, queso fresco and cilantro.
For a delicious entrée, you have several options to choose from whether you want pork, chicken, beef, seafood or American favorites.
I would highly recommend the famous tacos El Pastor, crisp thin shavings of split pork marinated with guajillo chiles topped with onion, cilantro and grilled pineapple. However, if you visit, you must also try the tacos Los Locos, shredded beef marinated in guajillo chile homemade sauce topped with cilantro and onion; or the Llano Taco, chipotle marinated chicken with cabbage and potato topped with cilantro.
Inspired by the modern art and cuisine of her native country, Llano hopes Tacoart will become a welcoming place for families and tourists alike to enjoy a scrumptious meal in a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere. She also plans to broaden her new concept around the city in the near future.
“I definitely want to grow. I plan to have other locations and a food truck because it has so much potential and gives me so much to play around this,” continued Llano. “I want to give people, who are into an artistic culinary experience, somewhere they can enjoy themselves and never be bored with what we have to offer.”
Tacoart is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.tacoart.us.