Disco Taco Parlor a unique take on tacos

Published Thursday, September 30, 2021
by Staff Reports

Chefs Eric Smith and Avery Cannon have reinterpreted American taco shop food the way only a team with their creativity could at Chamber member Parlor OKC’s newest kitchen.

The first hint at what you can expect from Disco Taco Parlor is the fact that it’s located inside the food hall directly next door to Pachinko Parlor—Smith’s and Cannon’s whimsical interpretation of what American diners love about sushi. The second hint comes with the first glance at the menu, which features names like Tako Belle, Kyle Skywalker, and Ballgame Nachos.

“We haven’t had tacos the whole time we’ve been at Parlor,” Smith said. “So we thought ‘why don’t we do a combination with some really roots taqueria stuff and then some clever interpretations of tacos?’”

The menu at Disco Taco Parlor bounces back and forth from traditional to downright cheeky with classics like carne asada tacos and quesadillas alongside the “Tako Belle” (a hard shell taco with seasoned ground beef plus shredded iceberg lettuce and cheese) and “The Waurika,” a fried catfish taco with tartar sauce and cole slaw.

More roots classics on the Disco Taco Parlor menu include the “Lea Lou” which has pulled poached chicken, queso, avocado, and fajita veggies, while the “Kyle Skywalker” comes with 24-hour slow cooked brisket, fajita veggies, and cotija cheese.

Disco Taco Parlor’s spin on Americans-style favorites include a breakfast taco with chorizo sausage, scrambled egg, cotija cheese, and a hash brown, as well as Ballgame Nachos, a simple dish of freshly fried tortilla chips served with hot queso and pickled jalapeños.

More adventurous items include the ‘Joe Pesci,” a seared salmon taco with ponzu onions, cumin-spiced cream, and the house Disco sauce, and “The Bub,” a taco filled with chicken-fried shrimp and topped with apple-pineapple pico de gallo, sweet red pepper sauce, and cotija cheese.

Smith, who is also the Executive Chef at VZD’s and the Crown Room, considers himself lucky to have such a big “bag of tricks” to pull from thanks to his long résumé in cooking, and it shows on Disco Taco Parlor’s menu. Smith and Cannon will have the help of management that brings 30 years of experience working in taquerias.

”I love the roots of where food comes from, but I think everything, whether it’s music, art, or whatever, is supposed to take the past and expand on it,” Smith said. Classics like taco salads and churros are available as well, along with staple sides like elotes and beans, plus chips and queso, salsa, and Disco guac.

Disco Taco Parlor is located on Parlor’s first floor. Diners can enjoy tacos order dine-in, for carry-out, or by delivery with Olé, a local food delivery service started in

The current lineup of restaurants in the hall includes Providence Pizzeria Co., serving Detroit-style, thin crust and Sicilian pizza; Rays Chicken Kitchen, serving hand-made fried chicken baskets and sandwiches; Pachinko Parlor, focused on whimsical sushi; MOB Grill, serving the onion burger, an Oklahoma original; Disco Taco Parlor, serving elevated American-style tacos, and Bad Nonna’s, serving homemade pasta and chef-driven dishes using locally raised ingredients. Parlor also includes two craft cocktail bars that pour original drinks along with local craft beer and wine.

Guests are encouraged to make themselves comfortable in the space’s wide array of seating options on all three levels, including living room-like areas designed to relax and wind
down; a second-level garden patio with excellent views; two first floor outdoor patios; lounge, den, and library areas; a rentable event space; and more traditional, family-friendly high and low-top table seating. Parlor is open from 11 a.m. to at least 11 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; from 11 a.m. to at least 12 a.m. on Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; and is closed on Monday. Parlor’s kitchens close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, and close at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Parlor opened in Oklahoma City in 2019. The original
location opened in Kansas City in 2018. For more information, visit parlorokc.com.

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