Dark wood, bright red paint and a gargantuan patio define La Revolución Taqueria y Cantina, a brand-new taco joint on Louisville's bustling Main Street. Owner Rick Betance, who's brought on star bartender James Lee and Zolo Southwestern Grill chef Brett Smith to consult on cocktails and food, respectively, hopes that La Revolución will revolutionize the local dining scene with its straightforward, wholesome menu.
"I grew up in LA, I'm part Mexican, this is the food I grew up on," says Betance.
La Revolución's handsome space previously held The Cactus Wheel, another modern taqueria, but one that was unfortunately dogged by service and kitchen hiccups.
In a clean break with the aggressive yellow color scheme of the Cactus Wheel, the interior's been outfitted with black-varnished wood panels and tire-rim chandeliers with dangling bulbs. The long bar faces three garage doors that open directly onto the sprawling patio and Louisville's main drag, giving La Revolución a wide-open feel.
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The menu is built on plates of tacos and pork green chile-smothered burritos filled with such taqueria standbys as carnitas and chicken, as well as even lime-chile shrimp and seasonal veggies. Sold à la carte or three to a plate, many of the tacos are doused with housemade salsas like the creamy tomatillo or the pineapple serrano.
The drink menu gets a bit fancier, with an "Especial" margarita made with Cayenne/Ghost pepper simple syrup and the "Rose Water" with muddled watermelon, vodka and white wine.
Here are shots of the latest addition to Louisville's dining scene and its food -- on the first day of service, no less.