The Little Taco Shack That Could
TacoLu opened in 2008 in a little building on Beach Boulevard. From the beginning, many people--including Debbie and me (but mostly Debbie)--were dubious about the timing and future of our little taco stand. Aside from the fact that no one could pronounce the name, the American economy was tanking, and most people thought it was “just plain silly to open a business in these conditions,” we still thought it was a worth a shot. It was either open our own place or go to work for someone else, I thought, and so we were off!
It took a while, but the Lu eventually gained a life of its own (and quite an extensive Tequila list in the process)! After 5 years in the original location, with an unbelievable amount of patronage and support, we grew into our current building, the site of the old Homestead Restaurant, which has SO MUCH history and excitement attached to it!
We take our hats off to those who came before us, as we carry on the tradition of great food and tons of fun at the old Homestead! We hope you'll stop by and join us soon!
Don and Debbie Nicol
The Old Homestead
1712 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
- M Closed
- T–Th 11a–10p
- F 11a-11p
- Sa 10a–11p
- Su 10a–10p
Happy Hour Brunch!
Saturday and Sunday
10 AM-2 PM
Click a category below to check out your options. (Spoiler alert: you can't go wrong.)
This is the Blue Agave Spirit in its purest form. It is clear and typically un-aged, where the true flavors and the intensity of the Agave are present, as well as the natural sweetness. This is the ‘essence’ of the Tequilero’s art and, therefore, the benchmark for which his tequila is appreciated. There are some Blancos that are aged for up to 2 months to provide a smoother spirit.
A Reposado Tequila is the first stage of "rested and aged." The Tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks between 2 months and 11 months. The spirit takes on a golden hue and the taste becomes a good balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Many different types of wood barrels are used for aging, with the most common being American or French oak. Some Tequilas are aged in used bourbon / whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels, and will inherit unique flavors from the previous spirit.
After aging for at least one year, Tequila can then be classified as an "Añejo." The distillers are required to age Añejo Tequila in barrels. This aging process darkens the Tequila to an amber color, and the flavor can become smoother, richer, and more complex.
Tequila Extra Añejo
Each of these Tequilas has been aged for at least three years. What happens to the tequila in the barrels has been called magical--really taking the “juice” to a whole new level. If you are a bourbon or whiskey drinker, these are the Tequilas for you!
These Tequilas don’t quite fit in any other category. Each is interesting in its own right, so take a look, and ask your server to help you choose one!
Where It All Began
Just the tiny taco shack that could! Memories from our first location just up the street!
The New Digs
Check out photos from our new location at the Old Homestead Restaurant.
tacos for tatas Brushed bold event
Photos from our Tacos for Tata's Brushed Bold event held on October 6, 2014 to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.