Taco Guild opened in November 2013 and immediately created a buzz. Perhaps it is the 150 or so Tequilas they offer or the variety of tacos incorporating ingredients like duck or maybe it is the organic, locally farmed ingredients. It could be the delightful historic church building it calls home?
Taco Guild is located in a very old building constructed in 1893. Originally called Smith’s Chapel it became home to the Bethal Methodist Church.
Moving forward, the old church lay vacant for a bit until the gang at Wetta Ventures LLC saw it as a wonderful urban infill and adaptive reuse project. Their team updated the infrastructure of the buildings creating a place for several businesses to open, including Taco Guild, a Starbucks and soon other companies in what was the school house.
Wetta maintained much of the building’s original charm including stain glass windows, the classic steeple, the open beam ceiling, and many of the original pews. In our opinion, much of Taco Guilds success lies in the charm and ambience of it building.
Taco Guild’s team is not new to the restaurant world, they also own/operate the wildly popular Z’Tejas chain. Like Z’Tejas, Taco Guild’s food has character and uncommon flavors. For those who value fine tequila and beers, Taco Guild will not disappoint.
We’ve only been to Taco Guild a ½ dozen times so much of the menu is yet to be explored. So far, the guacamole, killer chips, Yucatan shrimp tacos, and grilled romaine salad have made it to the top of our list. FYI: If you are looking for plain ol’ tacos, you won’t find them here, however, you will find some very imaginative fare that will take you off the beaten path.
Happy hour is another big deal at the Taco Guild. People tell us they especially like the late night reverse happy hour where they can get a shot and beer for only 6 bucks. Happy hours are as follows: Monday–Friday: 4pm–7pm, Saturday: 11am–6pm, Sunday: 2pm–close and late night: 10pm – close
Taco Guild has made it in the restaurant section in our 100 Things to Do in Downtown Phoenix. Give the place a try and let us know what you think.
Gene Urban & Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
Historic Home and Downtown Phoenix Specialists
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