Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Happy Belly Tacos opens for business

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion.. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion..
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click to enlarge The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round.
 Belly Tacos has opened for business in the shopping center on the corner of Bijou and Spruce streets. The business is owned by Elevated Carnivore Group, which is the Mark Henry-helmed umbrella company that also owns Rooster's House of Ramen. The kitchen's run by chef Troy Burke, former noodle chef at Rooster's.

We stopped by the spot Tuesday afternoon to sample a few of Burke's signature tacos, and we were impressed overall. Almost everything's available as a taco, tostada or burrito, and the menu also includes sides like borracho beans, rice and elote.

Sticking to a budget, we tried a taco al pastor, a carne asada taco and a calamari taco. The pastor bears great seasonings. Asada chews magically tender. And that calamari's fried in a super-light batter and finished with a flavorful sweet chile sauce. And while we only sample a house red salsa from the salsa bar, it's fresh with tomato and pepper flavors, mildly roasty and delicious.

For info on the spot's hours, check out their Facebook page here.
click to enlarge From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco.

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