Velvet Taco has announced the imminent opening of its inaugural Florida location in early September 2023, nestled in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. With its chef-driven, scratch-made menu showcasing distinctive recipes, Velvet Taco has garnered a dedicated following, leading to rapid expansion across six states: Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. The expansion into Fort Lauderdale signifies a pivotal milestone, marking Florida as the seventh state to host its exceptional offerings, a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to reaching new audiences and exploring exciting culinary destinations.
Occupying a prime location along the northern side of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, this venture introduces one of the brand’s most expansive restaurants to date, boasting an accommodating 108-seat interior covering 3,477 square feet, complemented by a 38-seat, 842-square-foot patio. Vibrant bursts of color, natural wood textures, playful interior graphics, and engaging messages define the restaurant’s design, offering an authentic and relaxed atmosphere for guests to relish.
“We are thrilled to bring Velvet Taco to the Sunshine State,” said Velvet Taco CEO and Taco Maker Clay Dover. “Our innovative scratch-made menu, combined with our commitment to inspiring our guests to ‘resist the ordinary,’ will resonate with Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene. We look forward to welcoming taco enthusiasts to our first of many Florida restaurants and introducing them to tacos like they’ve never experienced before.”
Velvet Taco’s extensive menu presents internationally inspired and meticulously curated tacos, thoughtfully categorized into sections like chicken, vegetarian, pork, beef, fish, and gluten-free options. Noteworthy selections include the Chicken & Waffle, ingeniously served within a house-pressed waffle tortilla; the Mediterranean Mushroom, featuring tzatziki, chimichurri, and queso fresco; The Cuban, crafted with slow-roasted pulled pork; the Kobe Smash Burger, adorned with velvet sauce; and the Fish n’ Chips, presenting beer-battered cod with curry aioli and French fries. To complement the feast, the brand’s signature Red Velvet Cake, paired with cream cheese frosting and signature cajeta sauce, is lovingly prepared in-house daily, offering a perfect conclusion to any meal.
Additionally, guests can indulge in Velvet Taco’s all-day breakfast taco menu, including the Velvet Griddle, enveloped within a French toast tortilla accompanied by candied bacon, scrambled eggs, and tater tots. The Hangover Breakfast is another delectable choice, featuring slow-roasted Angus brisket in a flour tortilla with crispy potatoes. Younger diners can savor the kids’ menu, encompassing an array of chicken, steak, cheese quesadillas, tacos, and tenders and tots.
Complementing the culinary offerings, Velvet Taco presents expertly crafted boozy libations. Among them are the iconic Kiss Ass Margarita, available both frozen and on the rocks; the Paloma, artfully blending Lunazul premium blanco tequila with Jarritos grapefruit soda and a fresh grapefruit wedge; and the Sangrita, a refined red wine blend featuring boozy pineapples and apples.
Diners are further invited to partake in Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature (WTF), unveiling an innovatively crafted new taco every week. The establishment also introduces The Velvet Room, an exclusive loyalty program brimming with appealing perks, encompassing special VIP experiences, tailored rewards, and access to limited-time offerings. For those interested, additional information and enrollment details can be found at velvettaco.com/the-velvet-room.
With the upcoming opening of the Fort Lauderdale restaurant, Velvet Taco anticipates creating approximately 55 new employment opportunities within the area, marking yet another positive contribution to the local community.