Build-your-own tacos, get them as late as 2 in the morning and wash them down with a muddled jalapeño margarita in a massive space that seats 200 people. That’s what’s up when new Condado Tacos opens July 19 in Broad Ripple.
Visit on opening day and you’ll get a free taco and half-price margaritas, but tacos here are a deal to begin with. Prices range from $3.50 to $4.50, with filling selections such as braised brisket, shrimp ceviche and barbecue jackfruit.
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The Mexican restaurant company based in Columbus, Ohio, debuts its first Indianapolis location at 834 Broad Ripple Ave., in the string of buildings that last hosted Village Tap Room. Condado’s hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and include brunch service on Saturday and Sunday.
Besides custom tacos find rotating monthly specials and menu items specific to the Indianapolis location. The Broad Reefer features two tacos with roasted pollo, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar, sour cream and the house’s super-spicy Dirty Sauce, all inside spicy, crunchy tortillas.
Don’t forget a side of bacon refried beans.
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Late’chos with David Pepperman, a reference to famous Indianapolis native David Letterman, who attended Broad Ripple High School, serves roasted chicken, rice, beans, queso, lettuce, onion, corn salsa, salsa roja and jalapenos piled on tortilla chips.
Condado also serves bowls.
A bunch of margaritas include classics, flights of mini margaritas and off-beat flavors such as muddled jalapeño and blood orange mango. Also get a fizzy kegged margarita.
If you like Manhattans, consider specialty versions, such as rum with vermouth and molasses bitters, or ask bartenders to make your own combination.
Condado, which means “county” in Spanish, launched in 2014. The micro-chain operates five locations spread among Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The restaurants’ designs incorporate Day of the Dead images and street art. Local artists customize each location, drawing inspiration from the host city and people who live there.
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