Not your typical taco joint, Terror Tacos surprised me with its delicious food and unique theming. The all-vegan, Tex-Mex-inspired restaurant had us intrigued on what to expect. Both of us not being vegan, Chancellor Martin and I were excited to try something new and, quite frankly, out of my comfort zone!
During Bear Beginnings this past August, the Chancellor and I took a food tour of the South Grand neighborhood with some of our first-year students. One of the stops on the tour landed us at the heavy-metal, horror-themed restaurant, Terror Tacos.
Upon entering the restaurant, the dark lit dining room set the mood for a chilling experience. The walls were dripping with red, blood-like paint and the chandeliers were filled with cobwebs. The TV above the bar was playing the horror movie classic “Little Shop of Horrors.” With a good mix of horror and metal music, the restaurant included not just photos depicting creatures from well-known horror movies on the walls, but also photos of legendary heavy-metal musicians.
Featuring plant-based tacos, burritos, nachos and even quesadillas, the menu had options for everyone. It also indicated gluten-free items, which was nice for anyone with dietary needs. I ordered the Carnage Asada Taco. It was filled with house-made peppered seitan “carne asada” topped with veggies, fresh-made guacamole and cilantro ($4.95) and the Basic Witch Taco, which came with seasoned veggie grounds, romaine, chipotle cheese and sour cream ($2.95). The tacos blew me away with how delicious they were! The vegan meat and cheese were everything you would expect in a taco, plus some.
Chancellor Martin couldn’t resist ordering one of the larger-than-life quesadillas. He chose the Carnage Asada, which was overflowing with house-made “carnage asada” seitan, cilantro rice, salsa, romaine, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, veggies and cilantro ($11.95). He, as well, was very impressed with the rich flavors in his dish. We also ordered chips and house-made salsa ($3.95) for our table.
Impressed by the restaurant’s wide variety of food options and attention to dietary needs with gluten-free and dairy-free options, we couldn’t recommend Terror Tacos enough! Hours are: noon to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Its unique and fun interior theme will make it a great experience for any of our students, no matter if they love horror and heavy metal or not! Oh, and did I mention Terror Tacos is only a quick 15-minute drive from campus?
3191 S. Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO