Year of the taco? 6 new places opening in Grand Rapids in 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, me. (WOOD) – For many people, the only way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is with a taco, and Grand Rapids has many options.

The takeaway friendly food found new success as restaurants were forced to close their eating areas during the pandemic.

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With at least six new taco restaurants and kitchens this year, 2021 will be the year of the taco in Grand Rapids.


Basalt | 1450 Wealthy Street SE

(Photos from Downtown Market Grand Rapids showcase the food and founder of basalt.)

The business that last year in the Market in the city center The incubator kitchen was expanded from serving from a food trailer in the Farmers Market on Fulton Street. Basalt’s stationary location opened in Eastown last month with pick-up, take-out and delivery services. The menu includes tacos, quesadillas, tortas and lemonade. The restaurant celebrates the Cinco de Mayo with a margarita donut made from tequila, lime, and agave syrup.

Condado | 448 Bridge Street NW

The first Condado in West Michigan opened on February 4th. Located on the ground floor of the Bridge Street Lofts, it contains all the hallmarks of the restaurant chain: bespoke tacos, margaritas and local art cover almost any surface. Hidden in the layers of each mural are “Easter eggs” over the Condado and Grand Rapids, giving visitors the option of sight-seeing scavenger hunts from their seat. Condado Tacos offers indoor and outdoor seating and take-away service.

Street Chef Shaw | Different places; 425 Norwood Ave. SE on Wednesday

  • A photo dated April 2021 by Samantha Denman shows tacos from Street Chef Shaw.
  • A photo dated April 2021 by Samantha Denman shows nachos from Street Chef Shaw.
  • Street Chef Shaw’s Chef Kirel Shaw prepares an order in the Amethyst Bee Cakery kitchen on April 27, 2021.
  • Street Chef Shaw’s Chef Kirel Shaw prepares an order in the Amethyst Bee Cakery kitchen on April 27, 2021.

What started last year as a giveaway for people who were badly affected the pandemic has grown into a ghost kitchen with pop-up events that have an iconic following. Street Chef Shaw serves Swahili-Mexican fusion tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. The business will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from the Eastown kitchen of Amethyst Bee Cakery with a special on all tacos and a limited amount of grilled goat birria.


Stans Tacos | 67 Ottawa Ave. SW

(Photo taken on Nov. 30, 2020 shows the former Wheelhouse restaurant on Ottawa Ave. SW 67 in Grand Rapids, which will soon be Stans Tacos.)

Meritage Hospitality Group transforms his closed wheelhouse restaurant across from the Van Andel Arena in a second Stan’s tacos, formerly known as Stan Diego’s Baja Taco Kitchen. The Company told News 8 last year The original restaurant on Wilson Avenue near Lake Michigan Drive NW in Walker did well during the pandemic last year. Meritage has yet to announce an opening date for the new Stan’s Tacos, but previously said it will wait for events to start again and “downtown come alive again”.

Barrio Tacos | 37 Ottawa Ave. NW

(An undated photo by CWD Real Estate Investment shows the renovated and restored historic building on Ottawa Ave. NW 37 in downtown Grand Rapids.)

Voted one of the top 10 taco stands in the country in 2018, the Ohio-based restaurant chain is expanding to Grand Rapids. CWD real estate investment says area brings its own taco concept to the renovated historical building this autumn. Barrio already operates a restaurant in East Lansing and plans to open another location in Traverse City soon.

Tamales Mary | 1551 Wealthy Street SE

  • A photo dated Jan. 2, 2021 shows the future home of Tamales Mary’s second location in Eastown.

The popular Wyoming restaurant, which serves seven types of tamales, is sure to celebrate big opening Tamales Mary has been remodeling the former Spoonlickers site since December. While tamales Mary is known and named after authentic mexican tamalesThe restaurant’s menu also includes tacos and desserts. His Wyoming restaurant will be Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taco special and gift cards giveaways.

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