Need a cheap, tasty and healthy gluten-free and vegan eat in a punked-up Melbourne pub? Think this sounds about as findable as a unicorn? Well I’ve found your unicorn: Taco Tuesdays at the Reverence Hotel in Footscray. This is a bit of a local Westies’ secret so I’ve been reluctant to let the unicorn out of the bag but I know how hard it is to do gluten-free and vegan on the cheap and easy. At the Reverence it’s as easy as following these 4 steps.
It’s not a typo. On Tuesdays, the Reverence Hotel has $3 tacos, $3 beers and $5 fries. It gets better. All of the tacos are gluten-free (the tortillas are made by La Tortillieria in Kensington who have a great gluten-free and vegan friendly restaurant) and vegans/vegetarians have the choice of smoked tofu or beans. Here’s what was left of my tacos when I remembered to stop eating and take a photo.
They are huge (3 is enough for me) and filled with lots of fresh toppings. They have a selection of hot sauces if that’s your thing. The bean taco is a definite winner over the tofu – the tofu itself is a bit plain but the black and pinto beans have a lovely depth of flavour. My gluten-eating partner tells me that the $3 can of beer tastes like a $3 can of beer. But hey, it’s cheap. The gluten-free fries are thin and crispy like fries rather than chips. They are covered in an I-need-to-eat-the-whole-bowl spice mix (paprika?).
It’s worth getting to the Reverence Hotel close to 6pm on a Tuesday night to ensure that you get a table. It can get busy but the barstaff have their system (see rules above) and the kitchen pumps out tacos like a taco-making-factory. The vibe on a Tuesday is upbeat and fun. The crowd is a mixture of families, goths (like from the 90s, not emos), students, hipsters and older hip people.
If you like pizza, check out my review of the vegan gluten-free pizza at the Reverence Hotel – it’s the best in Melbourne.
The Reverence Hotel.
28 Napier Street, Footscray