By Gabby Richman
Photos by AWE Collective
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, the one-time Mexican street food truck-turned chef-driven, sit-down neighborhood restaurant, Tacos Tequila Whiskey, opened its doors in Arcadia last month, tapping into the already-booming foodie crowd.
“We really wanted to create a place where families could come in on the weekend for brunch and at the same time, that young, foodie couple could stop in for a few drinks before they hang out for the evening, grazing their way through our tacos and cocktails, or hopping around to neighboring bars” explains Tacos Tequila Whiskey owner Kevin Morrison.
And as you can tell from the name, it’s clear what the concept of the eatery is, with a menu solely concentrating on tacos with unique twists.
“It’s all about the tacos,” Morrison explains. “We’ve really gone deep into the cuisine of different states in Mexico and given it an update, our own spin.”
One unique item you’ll find on the menu is beef tongue and cheek. This adventurous choice also joins a variety of staples, so there is something for every eater. Another menu highlight?
“I’m so excited about the lengua we’re doing,” Morrison says. “It’s triple cooked, so we boil it, braise it and then crisp it up. Then we take guajillo chiles, mix in some honey, and make a really nice crema to top it all off.”
With an already-lengthy list of accolades, unique ambiance and abundant happy hour offerings, the restaurant’s collection of small-batch tequila and whiskey also leave little to be desired. Bar Manager Gerard Collier took the same approach behind the bar as the chefs did in the kitchen, classic Mexican cocktails with a twist.
“Phoenix is the perfect playground for cocktails,” Morrison explains. “You’ve got all these great distillers, just like Colorado, and the produce — melons, citrus, all of it! We’re really trying to use as many local products as possible.”
Just like the cocktail and food menu at Tacos Tequila Whiskey, there’s nothing basic about the design of the restaurant.
“None of our restaurants are cookie cutter,” Morrison says. “They all feel like Tacos Tequila Whiskey, but they’re all different. And for Arcadia, we have this awesome artist coming in and doing this giant custom mural in the middle of the place. It’ll totally be the focus of the restaurant.”
The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Located at 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.603.9411; www.tacostequilawhiskey.com.