Despite the word spreading via social media about a soft opening, Salsa Limon “Maggie,” the newest location of Salsa Limon, was fairly quiet during a late-lunch visit Thursday.
The newest link in the Fort Worth-based taco mini-chain, which gets its nickname from its West Magnolia Ave. location, is a little larger than we expected. As you walk in the Magnolia-side door, you’ll be greeted by a bar area and the order counter, fast-casual as are the other Salsas.
To the left is the dining room, which is bright and naturally lit during the daytime, decorated with knickknack shelves, a large tapestry and the occasional concert poster. As with other Salsas, this one will do some late-night business, and co-owner Ramiro “Milo” Ramirez says that he’s going for a bar atmosphere at the bar at night, with more of a lounge groove in the dining room.
The restaurant is currently in soft-opening mode, but Ramirez says that there will be a grand-opening party on Oct. 25, with lots of drinks and lots of tacos.
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For the uninitiated, Salsa Limon offers a menu of street-style tacos (or as they have put it, “unapologetically Mexico City-style tacos”) with fillings including steak, chicken, chorizo and slightly more adventurous options such as lengua (tongue) and tripe (Salsa Limon’s tripa tacos are excellent). Burritos, quesadillas and, for the tortilla-averse, molca bowls are also available. There is also a breakfast menu.
For a small chain that evolved from a food truck, Salsa Limon has made a lot of moves (including literally moving its “Museo” location, building and all, from University Drive to the River District off of White Settlement Road, where it has been redubbed “Distrito”).
Most recently, Salsa Limon closed its “Universidad” location, also on University Drive but close to TCU, when a franchise agreement wasn’t renewed. That space at 3005 S. University Drive will soon become Shep’s Off the Hook Seafood, from Weatherford restaurateur John David Shepherd, and possibly will open before the end of October.
Ramirez has said that he’d like to return to TCU area and that he plans to have a “Museo II” back in the West Seventh/Cultural District area. Salsa Limon also has locations in Fort Worth’s La Gran Plaza, in downtown Fort Worth (“Centro”) and in downtown Dallas (“Flor de Mayo”).
Salsa Limon “Maggie” is at 1465 W. Magnolia Ave., part of a new development that’s also home to Panther City Vinyl and other business. For a full list of locations, go here.