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It’s KTM Restaurant Group and Lead Chef Kevin Morrison’s first foray into the explosive Phoenix food scene, but Tacos Tequila Whiskey already has everyone from Bon Appetit to Food Network magazine hungry for more.
One of the “21 Best Mexican Restaurants in America” and the “10 Best Taco Spots in the U.S.,”Tacos Tequila Whiskey is a one-time Mexican street food truck-turned chef-driven, sit-down neighborhood restaurant.
“Each location has its own unique vibe,” said Morrison, a Denver-based restaurateur who stands at the helm of the soon-to-be Arcadia hotspot with an open-kitchen concept and an intentionally to-the-point moniker. “It’s Tacos Tequila Whiskey, but there’s a Mom-and-Pop feel. There are definite distinctions within each location when it comes to offerings, ambiance and overall experience.”
While new to Arizona, Tacos Tequila Whiskey has racked up a lengthy list of accolades since opening its brick-and-mortar doors, including a 2012 “Best New Restaurant” nod from Westword magazine in Denver, Colorado, where the restaurant group and Tacos Tequila Whiskey concept originated, and a host of other honors for its street-style tacos, unique ambiance and impressive, abundant happy hour offerings. And while the eatery’s tacos are its undeniable stars, its collection of small-batch tequila and whiskey also leave little to be desired when the restaurant opens at the NW corner of Indian School Road and 40th St. next year.
Morrison himself is also no stranger to the restaurant circuit, having first burst onto the scene in 1995 after founding independent restaurant supplier Red Tomato Specialty Produce, which he then followed up with another nationally award-winning venture, the Spicy Pickle Sub Shop, in 1999.
Today, he’s all about the tacos. Think colorful combinations such as Pork Belly Agridulceboasting sweet and sour braised pork belly, candied garlic, braising jus and cabbage & cilantro slaw, or Barbacoa featuring slow-roasted shredded beef, salsa salpicon and sour cream, among others. Specialty cocktails including seasonal sangrias and margaritas are also among the eatery’s drink offerings, and Morrison teases he and his team may have more in store for metro Phoenix in the year ahead.
Set to open in the spring of 2017, Tacos Tequila Whiskey will seat about 125 with seating available inside, outside and at the bar. For more, visit TacosTequilaWhiskey.com.