On Tuesday, July 21, Nacho Bizness, the Fort Lauderdale-based food truck known for its gourmet tacos, will be hosting its first pop-up Taco Tuesday at the Village Cafe in Fort Lauderdale.
And while any excuse to celebrate Taco Tuesday works for us, the idea here is all about partnership. The goal of the event is twofold: to spread the word about the quaint neighborhood known as North Beach Village, and allow Nacho Bizness chef-owner Aaron Byers the opportunity to cook outside the confines of a food truck kitchen.
"This restaurant is just a real hidden gem, and not too many people know about this neighborhood," said Byers. "So we're gonna go in there and blow it up, and if all goes well, we'll be doing this Taco Tuesday takeover again."
The 3-year-old Village Cafe is a restaurant and event space located inside the North Beach Village Resort, just one block east of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the heart of North Beach Village, an area that spans several blocks from the Intracoastal to the oceanfront strip and includes 15 boutique hotels, private residences, cafes, and spas.
From 5 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, Nacho Bizness will be taking over the entire restaurant for the night, including the bar and main dining room. A special menu has been planned for the event, with a list of specialty appetizers, several new tacos, and pasta. Drink specials will include a cocktail menu featuring handcrafted margaritas, sangria, wine, and beer.
The night's menu lineup will offer event-goers the choice of a la carte items, with starters like lump crab meat guacamole served with homemade corn tortilla chips and churro refried black beans seasoned with pork chorizo, bacon, Matouk's hot sauce, avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro.
Byers has also created several new tacos highlighting different meats and seafood, like a lamb tikka masala with pickled cucumber and carrot, lime raita, mango chutney, julienned carrot, and jalapeño with basil; charred octopus, squid, and pork chorizo with mango salsa, chipotle crema, and cilanto; fried tempura battered cod with a tropical pineapple slaw, pico de gallo, sour cream, Thai sweet chili, and cilantro; and a vegetarian option made with grilled cactus, zucchini, caramelized red onion, salsa verde, and cilantro.
For dessert, Byers said he's exited to debut his own special creation: apple pie taquitos.
"I look at this pop-up as an opportunity to explore some of the things we've always wanted to do, but couldn't because of the food truck," said Byers. "Now we get to play a little bit more and try some really funky stuff, and find out what sticks and see what people like and really have some fun with the menu."
The Village Cafe is located at 551 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-229-3870, or visit facebook.com/villagecafefl.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.