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Velvet Taco to open in Gold Coast

Velvet Taco to open in Gold Coast

Velvet Taco (1110 N. State St., 312-763-2654), a Texas-based taco shop with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, will open in the Gold Coast neighborhood on Feb. 9. The menu will feature international spins on the hand-held Mexican favorite: chicken tikka, ahi poke and Mediterranean calamari are just a few examples. In homage to the city's original hand-held food, there is also the Chicago Haute Dog taco, which will feature pork belly, pickles, pickled fresnos, mustard, tomato, red onion, poppy seed and celery salt. "The best way to describe our food is to take a dish from anywhere in the world and put it in a taco," said executive chef John Franke. "We're all...