Adrian Villarreal to open Rreal Tacos in Midtown this spring

“Back to the basics” taqueria is inspired by the Spence chef’s childhood in Mexico

Adrian Villarreal, chef de cuisine at the Spence, is opening a casual Mexican taqueria called Rreal Tacos. Located on Juniper and 6th, Rreal Tacos will be a “back to the basics” place inspired by Villarreal’s childhood in Monterrey, Mexico. “We have some great Mexican places here, but what I’m doing is different because you’ll have authentic Mexican flavors but the way I like to eat—all natural, local, and organic whenever possible,” he says.

Rreal will offer eight tacos—including Mexican pork gyro, carnitas, barbacoa, grilled chicken, fish, and vegetarian—served on corn tortillas with onion, cilantro, lime, and red and green house sauces. Diners can customize their tacos to include crema, queso fresco, or other specialty sauces, and swap out the corn tortilla for a whole wheat or flour variety.

Instead of chips, Villarreal is making charred corn tortillas that are “a little healthier without sacrificing the flavor.” He’ll likely have a pork pastor empanada as an appetizer and seasonal fruit empanadas for dessert.

There will be a full bar with margaritas, Cuba Libres, micheladas, and Mexican beers.

The counter-service-only spot will seat about sixty-five people inside and twenty on the patio. The space will have hickory communal tables, green chairs, light orange bar stools, and cement floors. The bar will be decorated with Mexican tiles and a wooden trim.