Restaurant Roundup: 69-cent tacos, free breakfast for teachers, Vinyl Taco adds Sunday hours

Aug. 8, 2019

Vinyl Taco is now open seven days a week. The restaurant at 3609 W. 41st St. has added Sunday hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Next door, that means Vinyl Social Club now will be available for private parties on Sundays. The entertainment venue for adults, which is open Wednesday through Saturday, has been booking corporate events on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Taco John’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special Taco Tuesday. Get a hard-shell taco for 69 cents on Aug. 13. Limit of 10 tacos per customer. The first franchise opened in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Expanding on its quick lunch option of pizza by the slice, Books n Brewz Pizzeria is serving pasta. Angela Kull or Travis Graham make a different pasta dish every day. The $8 meal comes with a side salad. The pasta special is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the combination bookstore, bar and restaurant at Eighth and Weber.

Teachers can get a free breakfast next week at The Original Pancake House. The restaurant at 41st and Kiwanis is serving a meal with coffee, eggs, hash browns, pancakes and bacon or sausage Tuesday through Thursday. Teachers must show a current ID badge. OPH is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leonardo’s Cafe in the Washington Pavilion has added a hot case that’s stacked with grab-and-go items for the business lunch crowd and families visiting the attractions. Selection varies and includes options such as chicken strips, mini corndogs, fries, tater tots, onion rings, cheese curds, churros and mini cinnamon rolls. The café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Abelardo’s Mexican Fresh has scaled back its late-night hours after a test run. Updated hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. And now, customers can enjoy a beer with their tacos. The restaurant at 1200 S. Minnesota Ave. received its alcohol license.

Parker’s Bistro has been throwing a monthly patio party all summer, highlighting food and drink from different countries. This month’s party, which is Aug. 15, showcases Ireland and will feature live music from The Shamrockers. The restaurant is offering a sneak peek at one of its cocktails. The Aine, named after the Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty, features single-batch Irish cream liqueur, The Dubliner Irish whiskey, chocolate sauce and house-made cold-press coffee that’s shaken with cold-press ice cubes and garnished with espresso sugar.

Plant-based burgers have arrived at Burger Kings nationwide. Starting today – and for a limited time according to the fast-food giant – customers can get a flame-grilled Impossible patty on their Whopper.

For more news from the local dining scene, visit our Food & Drink section. Headlines this week include a targeted opening date for Lupulin Brewing, a locally owned taco buffet coming to the former Cowboy Chicken location and a new sushi and hibachi restaurant at Lake Lorraine. 

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