Northside's New Taqueria 251 Will Offer Mexican Street Food and Cocktails with an 'Avant-Garde Twist'

The restaurant is slated to open by mid-July in the Gantry Apartments building, near Higher Gravity and Melt Revival

click to enlarge Taqueria 251 is opening in Northside's Gantry Apartments building - Photo: Google Maps
Photo: Google Maps
Taqueria 251 is opening in Northside's Gantry Apartments building

Northside is getting a new dining destination with the addition of Taqueria 251, a Mexican eatery owned and created by Emilio Santos Sada. The restaurant is slated to open by July 15 and will offer "authentic Mexican fare and street food alongside cocktails and traditional drinks with an avant-garde twist."

Situated in the Gantry Apartments building (4110 Hamilton Ave.) in the heart of Northside, Taqueria 251 is designed as an homage to “famous Mexican individuals that have shaped Mexico throughout time,” says Sada. The industrial space will be “shedding its skin and showing its Mexican heritage that it has underneath” via a vibrant color palette peeking through cement-covered walls.

click to enlarge Taqueria 251's vegan/vegetarian taco - Photo: Provided by Taqueria 251
Photo: Provided by Taqueria 251
Taqueria 251's vegan/vegetarian taco

Sada said he chose to open his first restaurant in Northside because it is an ever-growing community that he wanted to be a part of. The location also offered an expansive outdoor space, which Sada hopes will draw people from other neighborhoods to “come eat with us and then head out to our patio and have some drinks and play some games, or go out and walk and get to know Northside and make a day out of it.” 

Taqueria 251 isn’t just set to be an experience of aesthetics though. The menu is stacked Sada’s fresh take on traditional Mexican snacks like esquites (corn in a cup prepared with a spicy mayo, cotija cheese, Mexican cream and lime), chilaquiles and even churros with Nutella and sweetened condensed milk for dessert. View the full menu online at

Sada says that his favorite item is any take on carne asada, especially the taco, which won best steak taco in the city at the 2017 Taco Festival.

Complete the meal with a cocktail, like a vodka electric lemonade, from their full drink menu. Or sample something from their tequila and mezcal list. 

Taqueria 251 will be located near Melt Revival and Higher Gravity. Keep up with their progress at @taqueria251 on Instagram or on Facebook.

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