Originally from Dallas, Velvet Taco has been making a name for itself on the Chicago food scene since February 2015. The restaurant’s assortment of 20 eclectic tacos, three famous sides and red velvet cake are popular treats for Chicagoans.
Velvet Taco (1110 N. State St.), located just blocks from Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, is the perfect place for me. With an assortment of options ranging from pork, to vegetarian, to brunch tacos, there is always something on the menu that I know could satisfy my taste buds. In addition to its heavenly tacos, Velvet Taco is also known for its side dishes — in particular the “Crisp Tots and Local Egg” ($5.50). If I had to choose the best side dish I have ever tasted, these delicious tater tots would be number one on my list. They are cooked perfectly almost every time and are served loaded with herbed goat cheese, smoked cheddar, avocado crema, chili butter, bacon and an egg. Just reading that description makes my mouth water every time, proving to me once again that this dish is one that can’t be beat.
While all of Velvet Taco’s options satisfy my own cravings, some of my personal favorites are the Spicy Tikka Chicken ($4.50) and Flank Steak Tacos ($4.95). Paired with fresh homemade red salsa, these tacos perfectly complement one another. But what may actually be the best thing about Velvet Taco (at least from a college budget standpoint) is that nothing on the menu is more than $7.
The atmosphere at Velvet Taco is a breath of fresh air from the fast-paced life of the city. This two-tiered diner serves its tacos in metal dividers rather than plates and substitutes napkins for rolls of paper towels, creating a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Overall, you can never go wrong with this sensational taco spot. Whether you need a little pick-me-up between classes or just a place to eat to your heart’s content, this restaurant won’t disappoint.