AdvoEats: Vinyl Taco creates an experience for downtowners

Three weeks after opening, Vinyl Taco is creating a unique experience in downtown Fargo. With its open glass garage doors and stain-glassed walls, the decor was not scrimped on. The newest eating establishment downtown is owned by the same people that owns the JL Beers restaurants around the region.

The 21 and over restaurant offers creative takes on tacos and appetizers to satisfy the stomach, along with craft beers and mixed drinks to quench your thirst. Vinyl Taco offers 11 different taco combinations.From fish to chicken to beef, the chefs put together ingredients that won’t disappoint when you take the first bite.

When the tacos arrive, they come with two small tortillas, making it easier to eat or split with someone.

The guacamole and chips is an excellent way to start your meal at Vinyl Taco. The chips are fresh, and the guacamole is a perfect balance of freshness and tang.

When looking at the taco menu, the different options offer a slice of everything. If you enjoy a fresh tasting meal, try the chicken and bacon that features oven roasted chicken, bacon, queso, fresco, pico and avocado salsa. For a taco with a little more of a kicker, try the pork belly “agridulce” which features sweet and sour braised pork belly tobacco onions, red slaw and au jus.

The taco menu features a vegetarian taco as well as many more options. If the taco isn’t spicy enough for you, add habanero, which will kick it up a few notches for your taste buds.

It may feel like you are in the 1980s in Vinyl Taco but you are eating like it is the 2010s. The employees pick out their favorite records and play them in their entirety for customers to enjoy. With most music being digital these days, hearing the vinyl records playing while enjoying your meal sets the mood inside Vinyl Taco.

Customers may enjoy eating at Vinyl Taco just as they may do at other establishments in downtown Fargo, but for a much lower cost. The menu doesn’t have anything over $7, and with the freshness of the taste in each bite, it is well worth the stop in.

With a laid back but electric feel inside of Vinyl Taco, it seems like a bar that may be found in Minneapolis or Chicago but is just a few minutes away from MSUM. The staff is friendly and wants you to be satisfied with your meal and experience at Vinyl Taco.

At the end of your meal, customers may send a postcard to a friend or relative telling them about Vinyl Taco and to hopefully stop in the next time they are in the FM area.

Vinyl Taco is located at 520 1st Ave. N. and is open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. This Saturday marks the first day in which Vinyl Taco will serve lunch. They will open at 11 a.m., and this is only on Saturdays.

“Tuned in music. Turned on tacos,” is Vinyl Taco’s catch phrase, and it fits in perfectly to the atmosphere inside, the presentation of food, the meal and the overall experience when eating at Vinyl Taco.

BY BREANN LENZMEIER
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