The best chain we ate at all year was a cult-favorite Texas taco chain that’s trying to take over America

Torchy's

  • After a year filled with fast-food consumption, a few chains rise above the rest. The one chain to rule them all: Torchy’s, a taco chain with a cult following in Texas. 
  • As we look back at 2018, we decided we said it best the first time: “We weren’t disappointed by a single thing, except for the fact that there is not one in New York City.” 
  • Here is our review of Torchy’s, first published in July. 

We believe tacos are our future.

For too long, the burrito has ruled supreme over the world of Tex-Mex, at least since Chipotle’s tentacles spread across the United States with the promise of a mainstream Mission-style burrito. But now, the burrito’s reign is coming to an end— if Torchy’s Tacos has anything to say about it.

The taco chain started in a trailer in Austin, Texas, in 2006. Since then, it has grown a cult following in Texas and expanded to more than 50 locations.

Toppling “big burrito,” however, will require more than some Texan pride. Torchy’s needs to back its heady expansion goals with food that lives up to its enviable reputation.

We visited a Torchy’s location in Dallas to see whether the chain lived up to the hype. What we found was a chain that could transform the Tex-Mex landscape forever:

We arrived at Torchy’s near Southern Methodist University — a prime location for a chain built for hungry students seeking some reasonably priced tacos.

We were initially paralyzed with indecision while trying to take in the long list of tacos. Torchy’s serves 20 traditional tacos plus breakfast tacos, sides, and a handful of other entrées. And, there’s a full bar! Clink, clink.

Before noon, the restaurant was already packed. Hungover college students were inhaling tacos alongside families and World Cup fans sipping beers.

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