Austin-Inspired Taco Shop Breaks Ground on University Drive

Austin City Taco Co.

Rendering courtesy of Plan B Group

Fort Worth will soon be getting tacos inspired by the culture of East Austin.

Austin City Taco Co. is currently under construction at 517 University Drive, slated for completion in the spring. Fort Worth chef Juan Rodriguez, known for his catering company and supper club Magdalena's, is crafting the menu, which will feature flame-cooked achiote rotisserie chicken, gulf shrimp, veggie and breakfast tacos, as well as 18-hour oak smoked brisket tacos. The restaurant will also serve items like fries with queso, soft serve ice cream and drinks like frozen house margaritas, cold local cervezas, Topo Chico, bottled Mexican Coca-Colas and nitro cold brew coffee.

The restaurant will span 2,489 square feet with a 462-square-foot outdoor dining space/patio. White-washed walls, exposed brick and rustic wood and metal touches will characterize the design. A J&R smoker, J&R wood-fired rotisserie and a vintage cooler will also be part of the space. 

Rodriguez is the primary stakeholder and culinary director of Austin City Taco Co., working with founder and owner Cameron Powell. 

“We think the simplest ideas are the best, so our plan is to showcase Texas-style slow-smoked brisket and excellent tortillas, with a cool East Austin vibe,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “We want to serve tacos of the highest quality, but without any pretense. Expect the menu to be a ‘greatest hits’ album with fun choices you crave.”