In a world that is continually saying “yes” to fast casual eateries and most certainly places like Qdoba, Chipotle, Torchy’s, and Fuzzy’s, tacocue americano eatery has entered the scene as a unique twist on the typical taco. Just last week, it opened its first location at 9107 S. Sheridan Rd. in Tulsa.
Jeff Jackson, CEO and President of Legendary Q Brands, the franchisor of Billy Sims BBQ, launched tacocue and has hopes that it will become a franchise as popular as Billy Sims.
When I first heard about tacocue’s concept of BBQ and Mexican fusion, I was hesitant. I mean, I love BBQ, and I love Mexican, but combining the two? It worried me. I quickly discovered there was nothing to worry about when I bit into my tacocue burrito, loaded with pulled pork, guac, pico de gallo, and all the other typical burrito fixings (all of which are made from scratch at tacocue!). The tacocue pulled pork was soft and succulent, and the combination of flavors was delightful. When I followed my tacocue visit by a visit to Qdoba the following day, I wished I had gone back to tacocue!
The four menu items include the Taco Duo (two tacos), Bowl (Salad or Rice), Burrito, and Quesadilla. The eight different meats (Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Hot Link, Chorizo, Hamlet Ham (because they’re co-located with the Hamlet for now), Brisket, Steak and Breakfast Bacon) are seasoned and smoked using pecan wood.
Upon selecting their menu item and smoked meat choice, guests can then choose from over 20 ingredient options to fill their item with, including three salsas – the spiciest of which is tacocue’s “KA-BOOM Sauce.” I tried the tiniest of bite of KA-BOOM Sauce, and let me tell you, it is not for the faint of heart! Only try this sauce if you’re ready to have chapped lips for the next couple days. I had the salsa verde (their medium sauce) on my burrito, and it was plenty spicy, but not overwhelming. And of course, there’s also mild sauce for the cautious.
I took the Taco Duo home to my husband. They were filled with smoked chicken and pulled pork, with a number of fixings, including cojita cheese, which I’ve never seen at any of the other taco joints. He commented on how flavorful they were and begged me to go back.
tacocue is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their breakfast menu offers tacos, burritos, bowls, and quesadillas served with Pulled Pork, Hot Link, Chorizo, Hamlet Ham, Brisket, and Breakfast Bacon served alongside eggs.
I was most impressed by tacocue’s beautiful patio room (below). It can be opened up to the outdoors when the weather is nice and includes plenty of heat lamps if it’s a bit chilly. With a couple of TVs, it looks like a great place to watch a game. The main dining room is filled with fun pop art decor, created by Jeff’s wife, who is a graphic artist.
Affordable, tasty, and unique, tacocue is a welcome addition to the Tulsa fast casual dining scene!