Ricochet Tacos, located on 55 Franklin Street in downtown Valparaiso, is a modern and upscale version of your local taco truck brought to life. The combination of the food, atmosphere, and the friendliness of the wait staff immediately put out great vibes and a welcoming sensation. Having never been to a “taco shop” before, I was not truly sure what to expect. The hostess immediately greeted us with a smile and happily escorted us to our table. While at the table, the first thing I noticed was the rustic feel of the table and menus! I felt as if I had been transported back to the future to an old timely cabin from the late 2100’s. The menus; printed on old, worn paper, clip boarded to a plank of polished wood. BUT! Before I go any further, I need to address said menus! Talk about the comedians that work at Ricochet’s! If you have ever been to Ricochet’s, you know what I am talking about. If not, next time you go, take a look at the names of some of their menus items! I do not want to spoil anything, but, the puns are strong with these tacos!

One of the unique aspects if Ricochet’s is that they have a rolling menu of fares and shares to choose from. You could go grab tacos once a month and more than likely see a different taco up for grabs each time! But, while during my visit, I had the upmost pleasure of enjoying two amazing creations. The Handle Bar and California Love Taco. And… HOLY GUACAMOLE what a flavor combination! Half of the ingredients I did not even know or have ever head of. (Seriously.. I’m still not sure what Napa Pico is…) But, that did not stop the flavor truck from making a stop on my taste buds! And do not even get me started on the Empanadas… to die for! Also, they carry a wide array of local and international beers and drinks! You could try a new drink everyday and not run out of options for over a month!

Overall, I can honestly say that Ricochet Tacos served me up probably some of the best tacos I have ever had in my entire life! (Yes, I know Taco Bell’s Cheesy Five Layer Burritos do not count…) The flavor was so much more than I had even expected and the price point was there to match. I never would have even thought that you could mix fried chicken, guacamole vinaigrette, and corn salsa inside a tortilla and tell someone, “Hey, this will be good!” But.. man… does Ricochet’s deliver! Every little thing about Ricochet’s was so enjoyable, so memorable, and absolutely worth a trip back. If you have the time, definitely head on over to the plaza and stop by Ricochet’s! I can personally guarantee you that you will not be let down. I know that when I finally get all moved in and unpacked, and able to call Valparaiso my new home, Taco Tuesday’s WILL be a thing at my apartment! And you’re ALL invited! Just BYOG (Bring Your Own Guac) 😉

-Logan James