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"From Firebird Restaurant Group  comes this casual local chain featuring Mexican-style fire-grilled sandwiches, tacos and knife-and-fork bowls with globally inspired flavors ranging from Tex-Mex and Asian to BBQ and fresh seafood. Diners can linger over a vast selection of mezcals in a warm-hued, contemporary setting with whimsical touches like vintage tattoo chairs and motorcycles."

— ZAGAT

"I highly recommend the Burnt Ends, which has house-made smoked-brisket bits commingling with 

sautéed onions, roasted jalapeños, sharp cheddar and a sweet “gold” sauce. If you ask for a side of salsa, the sweet and spicy balance makes for bite after perfect bite … until it’s gone."

- STAR TELEGRAM

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THE HOTTEST RESTAURANTS IN DALLAS RIGHT NOW, mARCH 2017

March 2, 2017 |  A new month has arrived, which means that it's time for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, a monthly guide to the city's hottest restaurants intended to answer the age-old question: "Where should I eat tonight?"

First Look: Tortaco Opens in DowntowN Dallas

November 21, 2016 |  The gist: Firebird Restaurant Group (El FenixMeso MayaTaqueria La VentanaSnuffer's) continues its concept expansion throughout North Texas with the Dallas opening of Tortaco

Tortaco takes hybrid foods to the next level

November 15, 2016 |  What is Tortaco?  I mean, what is Tortaco?  It's the new concept from the Firebird Restaurant Group — the family that runs El Fenix and Meso Maya, the latter of which is soon to debut in Fort Worth — a restaurant or a bar? Does it serve tacos or tortas? Why are chips not delivered to your table? And why was our hostess’ midriff showing on a recent afternoon?

New downtown Dallas restaurant Tortaco isn't what you think it is

November 18, 2016 |  Tortaco is not a Mexican restaurant. It's not Tex-Mex, either. Although the restaurant menu is generally based on items that come in a sandwich called a torta or in a tortilla as a taco...

MEATLESS TACO FANS HAVE NEW CHOICES AT TORTACO

October 12, 2016 |  I didn’t look at the menu before I headed out to the new Tortaco, across the street from Fred’s in Fort Worth’s West 7th area.  A modern taco joint should have adequate vegetarian offerings, I figured...

Hottest Bars in Dallas

December 9, 2016 |  Hope you're thirsty. The Dallas bar scene has welcomed many a new opening in the past year, some inside restaurants, others where cocktails are the main attraction. 

ESCAPE TO TORTACO

February 9, 2017 |  Smiling and holding a half empty bottle Alejandro said, “There is an old saying in Mexico.” Handing over a slip of paper it read, “For all that’s wrong mezcal, and for all that is right as well.” Taking in another drink of my tonic, I quickly realized this saying was likely doctrine.

Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants and chefs win big at Tastemaker Awards

April 20, 2017 |  Now in its fourth year, the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is here to pay tribute to the people and places doing exceptional work in the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant and bar community. 

WHERE TO FIND DALLAS' BEST BOOZY FROZEN DRINKS

June 5, 2017 |  It’s been a weird year for weather, but the inevitable is coming — it’s about to be hotter than hell in Dallas. Once the mercury really starts to rise, one of the most ideal ways to chill out is a frozen drink, especially if it’s been spiked with a few shots of booze.

DALLAS RESTAURANTS MAKE IT FRESH AND SPICY AND MORE DINING NEWS

July 31, 2017 |  TorTaco, the cool taco and sandwich concept from Firebird Restaurants (El Fenix, Meso Maya, La Ventana, Snuffer's), is now serving brunch and its regular menu on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am-3 pm. This is huge. The restaurant opened in the former Stephan Pyles space but was open only on weekdays, because weekend business in downtown Dallas can be a challenge. Their bowls are great, and so are their mezcal cocktails, and now both can be consumed on weekends.

10 cool-down cocktails to try in fort worth

August 5, 2017 |  Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from agave plants native to Mexico. Tortaco has over 90 different mezcals such as Don Amado, Del Maguey and El Jolgorio. It mixes mezcal with fresh fruit and juices to make cocktails like its signature Stinky Inky, made with dark rum, espadin mezcal joven, blueberry-strawberry puree, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice, and simple syrup.

new brunch menus to try in dallas-fort worth

August 11, 2017 |  Located in downtown Dallas, Tortaco specializes in putting international flavors between bread or wrapping them up in a tortilla. Stop by during brunch, though, and you won't find any tacos. Instead, expect different loaded toast options, like the True Grit, a mix of white cheddar grits, bacon, and two eggs over-easy on top of sourdough toast. Or the Sweet Ride, brioche bread topped with strawberry cream cheese, blueberries, bacon and maple syrup. There are also pancakes that come with vanilla cream cheese and bacon. Brunch cocktails include mimosa, Bloody Mary, and sangria for $2 each.

TASTING GOLD ALONG THE MARGARITA TRAIL

July 21, 2017 | Everyone ate, drank and danced the night away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 during the Margarita Trail Finale held at Seven for Parties. The margaritas were sweet, smokey & spicy as was the music and people there. Tortaco took home the award for best bites and the best margarita went to Urban Rio for their spicy summer cucumber drink. Photos by Alison McLean

WHERE TO CHOW DOWN AMONG THE DOWNTOWN DALLAS BRUNCH BUNCH

September 25, 2017 |  TorTaco--Once only open on weekdays, this Fort Worth import has debuted its weekend presence in a big way. Chef Nico Sanchez's signature brunch dishes include the True Grit (white cheddar grits, applewood smoked bacon, two eggs over easy, and sourdough toast), the Sweet Ride (brioche bread with strawberry cream cheese, blueberries, maple syrup, and bacon), and the Back Roads (sauteed chicken, cheddar, crispy potatoes, serrano rice, two medium eggs, and creamy poblano sauce). There are also $2 mimosas, Bloody Marys, sangria, and swirls until 3 pm.

Your Tastebuds Will Go Crazy For This Amazing Taco Trail Through Dallas – Fort Worth

October 20, 2017 |  It seems like everyone is staking claims to the best tacos in the land. Here in Texas, however, we can rightfully claim the birthright to the famous Tex-Mex style and unique blends of spices and ingredients that simply cannot be beat. There are too many amazing taquerias around Dallas – Fort Worth to crown a “best of” winner, but that doesn’t stop us from some tasty recommendations that will keep you coming back. Here is a taco trail of some favorite stands and joints across the Metroplex. 

11 Dallas Happy Hours For Drinking on the Cheap

November 3, 2017 |  This Arts District gem is the place to go for authentic mezcal cocktails like the Dirty Sanchez with oven-roasted pineapple and lime, which offset that smokey mezcal flavor. The selection is even sweeter during happy hour with margaritas, draft beer, house wine, and wells for $3. Bonus intel: from 11 to 3 p.m., grab a 69-cent mini frozen margarita with the purchase of a bowl, dinner salad, tacos, or torta. The deal is so good, they had to limit it to a max of three mini-margs per person.