So a couple of weeks ago, I was making jokes with Food God Greg Elwell about how many so-called foodie bloggers were writing reviews for chain restaurants. (We all know what Chili’s and Mama Roja’s serves, right?) I try to stick to locally-owned restaurants (or at least not national chains) for my reviews – but I am making ONE exception for this. (I will mention a local brewery that serves amazing beers at the restaurant, so that counts, right?!)
A few weeks ago my family and I were invited to the soft opening of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. I had never heard of Fuzzy’s so I was skeptical on what this restaurant had to offer. This new location is in the heart of Bricktown, across from the Harkins Theater. Parking can be tricky in Bricktown, but luckily there is a small lot just to the east of the building that offers free parking for Fuzzy’s customers. The restaurant is a lively joint with bright colored decor and television screens covering the walls (great for watching OKC Thunder basketball games!). The restaurant is a good size and has seating outdoors for those evenings it’s not 150 degrees out (or at least doesn’t FEEL like 150 degrees).
The menu offers an array of tacos, burritos, salads and even breakfast items. We decided to stick to tacos (they must be good, it’s in their name!). I had the grilled fish and shredded pork ,as well as a side of guacamole, queso and salsa. Then the tough decision: What to drink? The beverage menu at Fuzzy’s is extensive. From the Mankin Woody (an 18oz. frozen margarita with a sunken Coronita inside – $7) to the Fuzzy’s Tropical Thunder (signature blend of frozen sangria wine & mango puree – $6), they’ve got you covered. And if margaritas aren’t your thing, check out the beer selection. Of course they serve your standard Mexican beers (think Dos Equis, Modelo and Tecate) but it was awesome to see COOP Ale Works Horny Toad and Native Amber both on tap ($4.50 for a 18oz. schooner).
For those who are unfamiliar with COOP Ale Works, it’s the brainchild of Mark Seibold, JD Merryweather and Daniel Mercer. One of the few locally-owned breweries in Oklahoma City, COOP Ale has gone from a small start-up in 2009, to one of the best known local breweries in Oklahoma. They offer a variety of styles, including an IPA, Porter, Golden Ale and my personal favorite German Wheat.
My husband is a huge COOP Ale Works fan, and decided to order a Horny Toad with his dinner. What arrived was definitely NOT what he expected:Since GFB isn’t one to complain, he promptly handed me the car keys and dove into this ginormous beverage. (And I must say, I had a sip and it was quite tasty!).
After we got over the initial shock of the basketball-sized beverage, our dinner arrived. Baja Tacos for all! Chicken, Beef, Fish and Pork, along with queso and guacamole. Their standard toppings for tacos include a rather unexpected pairing – feta cheese. When I heard there was feta on the taco, I was very skeptical. The manager happened to be standing at the counter and said “Trust Me.” I said “OK”, and ordered them as-is, and boy am I glad I took his advice. They were so flavorful and delicious. The queso was not spicy but had great flavor and the guacamole was absolutely fresh. I also liked the Mexican spices they sprinkled on top of the chips they served – it added a little something to them.
Not only was the food delicious (I’ve sense returned twice to try other items), but the prices are VERY reasonable. For $1.99 you can choose a Baja Taco, or $6.49 will get you a Jumbo burrito. Even the guacamole & chips are a great price at $4.39 (and this easily feeds 2). Kids meals run $3.99 and they can choose from an enchilada plate, taco plate, cheese nachos or cheese quesadilla (includes a drink).
The atmosphere of Fuzzy’s is pretty high-energy and can get loud if the restaurant is packed. I would caution, however, that although it is definitely a kid-friendly restaurant, since it is located in the heart of Bricktown, after 8pm the restaurant might turn into more of a bar atmosphere than restaurant.
If you’re headed downtown to catch a baseball game, the latest Men in Black movie at Harkins Theater, or an OKC Thunder Playoff game, give Fuzzy’s a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly suprised (like I was!).