Velvet Taco's Not-So-Taqueria

Taco purists don't love this Henderson Avenue restaurant, but that doesn't stop the hungry masses.

While the combinations are so noisy it's sometimes hard to figure out what you're eating, you can't fault the quality of the components or the preparation. Still, it's hard not to wonder what would happen if Franke practiced a little more restraint.

Velvet Taco used to have one of the best versions of elotes you could buy in Dallas, dressing grilled corn flecked with charred kernels with crema and queso and hot sauce. The ingredients work beautifully together, but lately the cooks are dousing the dish so heavily it eats like a cheesy bowl of soupy corn chowder.

If this reads like drunk food, though, you should note that lunch and dinner customers are almost as enthusiastic as the light-night crowds. Workers from nearby offices and neighborhood locals all wait in line to grab a taco and a beer or take a roast chicken, tortillas and two sides of corn home for a quick family meal.

Front to back: Mushroom, chicken and ahi tuna "tacos"
Lori Bandi
Front to back: Mushroom, chicken and ahi tuna "tacos"

Location Info


Velvet Taco

3012 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: East Dallas & Lakewood


Velvet Taco

3012 N. Henderson Ave., 214-823-8358, 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday. $

Tacos $3.25-$7.50

Elotes $3.50

Roasted potatoes $3.50

Red velvet cake $3

Sales have consistently exceeded the projections Franke and his team used when considering the old Church's Chicken space for their new idea, and the group is looking at property for other locations. Love it or hate it, Velvet Taco isn't going anywhere.

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I neither love it nor hate it.  But it's not in my rotation and never will be, given what else is out there.