Feeling a little hungry after your afternoon grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s? Stop by Torchy’s Tacos to satiate your craving for delicious tacos and gain a boost of energy in their upbeat, modern and bustling ambience.
Torchy’s Tacos is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The new restaurant is located on Swanson Drive in Stonefield — only about a nine minute car ride from the University!
Upon entering Torchy’s, the place was bursting with energy and University students like myself. In fact, the friendly cashier who served me also hailed from the University and helped my friends and I choose which tacos to order. Torchy's caters to every unique palette, offering vegetarian tacos such as the Fried Avocado, a variety of chicken tacos, seafood tacos, beef tacos and pork tacos. I opted for one beef and one pork taco called the Democrat and the Green Chile Pork, respectively.
As they were served, their mouthwatering aroma consumed me and I couldn’t wait to take a bite. Both came with bursting flavor, a fresh lime slice and a delicious green sauce to add to taste. With my next inevitable visit, I would like to try out the Baja Shrimp and the Brushfire taco, both of which look delectable.
The menu also has a variety of other dishes if tacos are not quite your speed or if you are looking for side dishes to pair with your tacos. They offer a salad, a burrito, different variations of chips and queso, street corn and refried beans. If you have a sweet tooth, Torchy’s offers “Lil’ Nookies,” which are fried chocolate chip cookie dough balls dusted with powdered sugar and topped with cherries.
While only for customers 21 years and older, the drink menu at Torchy’s is worth a mention. Torchy’s has a full bar with freshly squeezed margaritas, sangrias, palomas, martinis and a rotating selection of local beer and wine. Under 21? Don’t worry! Torchy's also has the standard fountain drinks, house coffee, sweet or unsweet tea, orange juice and milk.
This restaurant also employs sustainable practices — napkins, cups and cutlery are made from 100 percent renewable resources. To take it even further, Torchy’s recycles used cooking oil and allows it to be turned into fuel for cars, making sure nothing goes to waste.
Torchy’s philanthropy and mission provide yet more reasons to pay this restaurant a visit. Torchy’s donates its time and research into organizations such cancer research at MD Anderson, childhood enrichment at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and addiction recovery at Phoenix House. With the University having one of the biggest health programs in the state, these contributions are important as they are universally beneficial to the goal of improving healthcare and technology everywhere. In fact, at the beginning of this month, a student at the University raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by running 48 miles in 48 hours and accepting donations from fellow students who supported his mission of giving back to the community. Other clubs and organizations on Grounds have also supported Make-A-Wish Foundation such as the sorority Chi Omega. Torchy’s philanthropy demonstrates the same kind of commitment found at the University to improve healthcare around the country.
Torchy’s Tacos makes for a perfect casual dining experience to catch up with friends, eat a delicious meal and to be served by a wonderful and respectful staff. Make your way to this delicious eatery just outside of Grounds to grab some Mexican-style street food while also supporting a business that gives back to the community.