Taco Rock Is Open and Ready to Roll

Rosslyn has a new taco and tequila joint offering cheap eats and big drinks with a rock vibe.

The Al Pastor with marinated pork shoulder, pineapple-jalapeno salsa and pickled onions. Photo by Danny Kim/@dannygrubs

Arlington has no shortage of taquerias, but Mike Cordero is betting there’s room for one more. The restaurateur behind Don Tito, Bronson Bier Hall, Barley Mac and G.O.A.T. today opened the doors to Taco Rock, a fast-casual taco and tequila joint in the former Spinfire Pizza space at 1501 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn.

Tacos are priced at $3 to $4 each and composed on housemade blue corn tortillas, with options ranging from classic al pastor (marinated pork with pineapple salsa) or lengua (braised beef tongue) to creative riffs like a Korean-inspired taco with skirt steak, soy, ginger, sesame seeds, Asian slaw, pickled hot peppers and furikake seasoning.

The ahi tuna taco. Photo by Danny Kim/@dannygrubs

Pescatarians may appreciate protein choices such as tequila-battered grouper tacos with chipotle mayo, or a sushi-like creation featuring seared ahi tuna, seaweed salad, ginger slaw, crispy ramen and wasabi-mayo.

For folks with the munchies who need extra sustenance to counterbalance the bar’s margaritas, cervezas and bigger-than-your-head Micheladas, the “Piggy Mac” taco—slow-roasted pork, mac-n-cheese and bacon with sour cream—is a likely winner. Same goes for the elote (Mexican street corn) and—wait for it—stuffed jalapeno poppers encrusted in crushed hot Cheetos. (We’re feeling the burn at the mere thought of those.)

Elote street corn. Photo by Danny Kim/@dannygrubs

Taco Rock Michelada. Photo by Danny Kim/@danny grubs

The menu also includes some clever, meatless options for vegetarians (think General Tso cauliflower, falafel, fried avocado or portabellas with roasted peppers and cotija cheese), and breakfast fare such as huevos rancheros and a scrambled egg burrito with potatoes, roasted peppers, onions and jack cheese.

There are tacos for dessert too—ice cream tacos, made to order—as well as churros stuffed with Nutella, cheesecake or dulce de leche.

From left: Mike Cordero, Anthony Cordero, Nick Cordero and Stefano Marzano.

Cordero isn’t playing solo with this one. Taco Rock is the first venture of Team Cordero, a business group that also includes his sons Nick and Anthony Cordero and Chef Stefano Marzano of MightyMeals. The 2,467-square-foot space, designed by Yvette Irene (she also did the interior design for Barley Mac), has a pop-culture vibe with graffiti art, neon signage and rock-and-roll motifs, including a sculptural ceiling installation that looks like a massive electric guitar.

Taco Rock is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, with plans for extended hours in the future.

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