Note: I was invited to the soft open of Fork + Taco and received complimentary tacos to try. Opinions are all my own. Also I apologize for low-ish photo quality, I forgot my camera at home!
Tacos, in Austin, have a high standard to live up to. This is because 1. They're EVERYWHERE and 2. Because they're everywhere, you really need to have an unforgettable taco if you want to stand out among the rest. However, when you have experts like Jeff McCoy and Uchi alum Casey Fannin, at the helm, there's no doubt these tacos will be giving others a run for their money!
Fork + Taco accomplishes this, times ten. Guys, I seriously have a new favorite taco place in Austin!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the soft opening on Thursday by my foodie coworker, so the four of us had a lovely little break from office life to get some incredible tacos on our lunch hour. We were able to try 3 items each (and were handed dessert on top of that!), and I made a mental note to come back and tip double since I didn't have any cash on me to put in the jars for the friendly counterstaff.
The decor is gorgeous, and "so Austin," hah. Modern, with a combination of wood panels and brightly colored walls, with funky art (I LOVED the painting in the women's room, I wish I'd taken a picture). There is seating inside and outside, and it's counter service with a number system.
The menu has an excellent combination of traditional and unique offerings. All three main meats are present and accounted for, as well as some veggie-only options. The tortillas taste homemade, and the fillings are fresh and flavorful. And in a bonus for me, it's on Burnet, which isn't too far from my super-North-Austin living space while still being only a slightly far drive for lunch hour at work.
I opted for the 24 Hour Flank Steak, Asian Pear & Chicken, and Ahi Tuna tacos. Every one of them was a perfect mini-meal in a tortilla. My favorite, by far, was the Ahi Tuna. The tuna was the freshest I've had in Austin, and the sauce, orange bits, and avocado all blended together perfectly for a delicious fusion taco.
My coworkers had similar choices and everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing about how delicious it all was. The only item we all were on the fence about was the dessert: Maple Soy soft serv. I loved it, it was totally unami and a good palate cleanser at the end of the meal. But it definitely tasted like soy sauce, so it wasn't everyone's jam.
While the tacos are on the pricier side (~$5 per taco, depending on what's in it), it's more than worth it. We all agreed that this was our new lunch spot, putting it in the rotation with our other favorites: TNT, the Garbo's truck, Hula Hut, and the Whole Foods Hot Bar. It's definitely in good company.
Today is their official opening! Go give them some love and check out all the amazingly delicious tacos they have to offer. Bonus points: they also have beer!