Out and About: Kavas Tacos + Tequila Offers Great Food in Fun Atmosphere

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

One of the newest restaurants to open at Pointe Orlando is Kavas Tacos + Tequila, and we recently visited to try their menu of Mexican and TexMex-inspired dishes.

While the restaurant is new, it’s actually part of the Meraki Restaurant Group, which also owns Taverna Opa at Pointe Orlando, and Tapa Toro at ICON Park.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila is located on the first level, at the southern end of the complex, steps away from the valet, and has an atmosphere and decor of a Mexican cantina.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

One thing I noticed upon entering was all of the art, from sugar skull paintings on the wall to knick knacks on shelves that I later found out were acquired in Mexico on the owners’ various trips.

I also loved the Frida images on the fabric used on the chairs – a nice whimsical touch, and one of several nods to the Mexican artist in the restaurant.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

The menu has a nice variety, but isn’t overwhelming, and our server Franklin was more than happy to answer our questions and guide us through the choices.

We shared a plate of Loaded Birria Fries that we both could’ve made our meal. The fries were topped with shredded cheese, salsa roja, crema, guacamole, pico de gallo, and tender braised brisket, then the Kavas queso is poured on top at the table. I’m definitely coming back to enjoy these again.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

And while the restaurant has a full bar, neither of us drink alcohol, so we went with the recommendation of Horchata, which was a nice creamy complement to the spicy food.

We kept the birria theme going with the Quesabirria entree, featuring three tacos with sides of Mexican rice and black beans. The tacos featured more of that delicious braised brisket, with cheese, onion, and cilantro in griddled corn tortillas, served with birria consommé for dipping.

Warning – this is a messy dish. Very tasty, but messy.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

We also split the “Big Ass Burrito” with carne asada as our choice of protein.

The flour tortilla was stuffed with Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole, and lettuce, then topped with salsa roja and Mexican cheeses, and served with more guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.

The steak was well-seasoned, and plentiful, and we enjoyed it. And the burrito was indeed huge – the two of us could only take down half of it before we had to ask for a to-go box.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

While we were enjoying our food, a fire handler took to a small stage near the entrance to perform a short show. I think that happens on the hour in the evenings, as the performer had just finished when we entered and the show we watched was about an hour later.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

There was music playing while we were dining – a mixture of latin pop and traditional tunes. It was prominent, but not so loud we couldn’t hear each other speak.

We weren’t planning on dessert, but our server insisted the Churro Donut Sammies were not to be missed…and it was a great recommendation.

The dish featured small donuts, covered in cinnamon and sugar, that were cut open and filled with hard frozen ice cream, and then the trio of “sammies” was topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberry pieces.

This was an amazing delight, and just the right amount of sweetness to end the meal. It reminded me a bit of Mexican fried ice cream. I highly recommend you save room for this when you dine here.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

Overall, we enjoyed our first visit to Kavas Tacos + Tequila, and look forward to trying more of the menu on future visits. It’s a great addition to the Orlando dining scene!

You can find the restaurant’s full menu at KavasTacos.com, as well as the ability to make online reservations (recommended – around 8pm, the restaurant was packed).

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

Be sure to leave time to check out all the cool art inside, including the selfie wall, and along the exterior walls of the building. Kavas also has a daily happy hour from 3pm-6pm daily at the bar with food and drink specials.

Pointe Orlando charges for parking in its garage, but Kavas will validate most of the charge with a food purchase.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Kavas Tacos + Tequila on this visit, but my opinions are honest, and my own.


About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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