Christine Filipowski of Green Tree, left, and Annette Yayla of Moon Township, at Tako.
The Korean taco, (wagyu short rib, peanuts, femented cucumber, sesame, pickled carret, cilantro) at Tako.
Spicy passion fruit drink at Tako.
The kitchens at Tako, which can be seen through glass.
From left, Dana Adipietro of Shaler, Jimmy Leonard and Kaylin Adipietro of Baltimore, at Tako.
Outside dining at Tako.
Erica Clark makes margaritas at Tako.
Food prep in the kitchen at Tako.
Lindsey Van der Veer, left, and her husband Hugh, center, of the Strip District, and Brianna Bacchus of McCandless at Tako.
Tako, from the balcony looking down.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Post-Gazette
Be SEEN: 214 Sixth St., Downtown
Why you should go: Tako — a play on the pronunciation and the Japanese word for “octopus”— is the newest creation by Chef Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik, proprietors of Meat & Potatoes and Butcher and the Rye. Think food truck-meets-late-night hangout. Expect DJs spinning tunes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as nightly drink and food specials (like fried rice with bacon and eggs). “I love Pittsburgh, and I feel like this is where our focus should be ... building this foundation here,” said Mr. DeShantz.
What to order: Build your own guacamole (add pineapple, crab meat and even bacon) while you sip on a frozen Desert Lily flavored margarita. (Warning: They are stronger than the name suggests!). Then indulge in fan favorites like the Baja Tacos (which uses vodka in the batter to give it that extra crispy edge). And yes, for all the #VegHeads, there are vegan options, like the mushroom tacos. “No stereotypes here. Yes, we serve traditional tacos but also chef-driven cuisine,” said Mr. DeShantz. This is not your grandma’s taco stand.
You read it first: Tako will be opening a second location at the Consol Energy Center at the end of August. At its Sixth Street location lunch will be served soon during the week, and brunch is in the future as well.
#SEEN at Tako: The Pittsburgh Penguins held a private New Year’s Eve bash in the space before its official opening, and the cast of Cinemax’s “Banshee” (which filmed earlier this year in Western Pennsylvania) made frequent stops for their favorite “takos” in town. Also #seen: Martin Potoczny of Luxe Creative, Mike and Janet Trapuzzano, Tori Mistick, Jack Bellas and Ian Primosch.
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