Velvet Taco – Gold Coast, Chicago

Chicago has no shortage of taquerias.  Every neighborhood has at least 1 or 2.  On Memorial Day, I hopped the CTA Red Line up to Velvet Taco in Chicago’s Gold Coast to try the tasty offerings there.

Velvet Taco is located just 3 blocks south and 3 blocks east of the Clark/Division ‘L’ stop.  It is a counter service eatery with communal dining located on the main floor and upstairs.


Clark/Division L stop near Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco communal tables

Communal dining room makes it easier to eyeball your next drool worthy taco 😉

What I like the most about Velvet Taco is that they are using really fresh market ingredients and they make their own tortillas.  It is this attention to detail that will keep me coming back for more.  Here is how my lunch went down:

The menu is divided into chicken, pork, beef, veggie and fish options.  So, there is something for everyone.


Velvet Taco menu

I ordered the Annatto Shredded Pork, Falafel and Shrimp and Grits tacos.

Velvet Taco pork falafel and shrimp grits tacos

Annatto Shredded Pork taco, Falafel taco and Shrimp and Grits taco

The Annatto Shredded Pork taco is comprised of avocado crema, house shredded pork, grilled pineapple, pickled onion queso fresco, cilantro and corn tortilla.  Very nice.

The Shrimp and Grits taco was my favorite.  It is made with blackened shrimp, remoulade, crispy pepper jack cheese grits, charred tomato poblano creole, micro cilantro and corn tortilla (Yum!).

Velvet Taco's shrimp and grits taco

Shrimp and Grits taco

But, the biggest and most pleasant surprise for me was the falafel taco.  Moist and flavorful falafel patties were nestled along side tahini crema, arugula, tomatoes, fresnos, avocado, pickled red onion, pea tendrils and a super crunchy and sturdy lettuce cup.  I absolutely loved this one.


Velvet Taco's falafel taco

Falafel taco

Two tacos is definitely plenty to satisfy me but I had no problem finishing the third one 😉  I walked the 2.5 miles back home.  So, it was a guilt-free endeavor.

The price point at Velvet Taco ranges from $3 – $6, so it is totally affordable.  Also, I cannot wait to try their drool worthy Red Velvet cake and the house made margaritas.

Velvet Taco is located at 1110 N. State Street.  It is open every day ’til late night.  Click here for more information.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red Line to Velvet Taco.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive! 

Looking for other great taco joints in Chicago?  Check out my posts on Antique Taco in Wicker Park, El Hefe Supermacho Taqueria in River North and Belly Shack in Humboldt Park.