Austin Restaurant of the Month: Violet Taco

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Valentina Tex Mex BBQ recently opened a new food truck here in Austin on the patio of Star Bar in downtown Austin’s 6th Street District. Typically known for their BBQ smoked meats, Valentina’s new truck boasts a San Antonio style taco round up with some unique flavor combinations.  The tacos feature the freshest produce, handmade tortillas, and unique toppings and sauces, as well as marinated proteins and Valentina’s signature hand crafted BBQ.

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For our starter taco, we tasted “The Mighty Mo”, a garlic lime shrimp taco, tangy violet slaw, avo de gallo, and sriracha lime aioli on a fresh pillowy tortilla. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and the taco was full of flavor. The heat of the sriracha aioli added the perfect bite in contrast to the cooling creamy avocado salsa. Well cooked shrimp can be difficult to execute in a food truck environment, but Violet’s did not disappoint.

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Next up was the Violet Taco’s namesake, the “Violet Taco”. Featuring cerveza lime marinated chicken, sweet caramelized onions and poblanos, with violet slaw and a brilliantly colored prickly pear crema, the “Violet Taco” was a unique offering. The chicken was very tender and well-seasoned, but the star of the show was the brilliant purple and slightly sweet crema drizzled on the top of the taco. The mix-up of flavors made for a truly craveable bite.

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For a Tex-Mex twist on the Chicago dog, we tried the “Tejano Dog”. The Violet Taco’s version featured a griddled 100% beef frank on a warm soft tortilla. Topped with caramelized onions, pico de gallo, crema, and a mildly spicy house made brown mustard. While the flavors here were more subtle, they were still complementary and well executed. The house mustard was rich and creamy, making this an easy to enjoy riff on the traditional hot dog.

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Of course, you can’t eat tacos at a place known for BBQ without trying the BBQ tacos, so the last bite we ordered was the smoked brisket taco. Piled high with juicy smoked brisket, sea salt and lime guacamole and tomato serrano salsa, it was well worth the wait. The brisket was very tender with pronounced smoky notes and the cooling guacamole served to cool the “gangsta-style” salsa. I have to be honest, even though I was already full, I had a hard time sharing this one!

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Overall, the Violet Taco is the quintessential Texas-Style taco truck, blending the flavors of the Southwest perfectly, while putting their own spin on the menu.

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