Condado Tacos Opens Newest Location Near Hamilton Town Center
Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
Condado Tacos, which first launched in 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, offers a unique build-your-own-taco concept that includes a variety of flavors and choices for shells, proteins, toppings, salsas and sauces.
“We are definitely not your average taco place,” says Brandon Burnell, assistant general manager of the brand-new Noblesville location – their 28th store.
Condado opened a location in Broad Ripple in 2018, another on Mass Ave in 2019, and a third in Carmel earlier this year.
“Noblesville rounds us out in the Indianapolis area,” Burnell says. “This is a great spot for us, with a growing community.”
The popular restaurant caters to all kinds of dietary restrictions, offering many vegetarian and vegan options. They are also allergy conscious and do not have a tree nut or peanut in the facility.
Integral to Condado’s menu are its signature double-decker taco shells – crunchy and soft, layered together with options like queso, refried beans and guacamole.
“We have so many protein choices that you’re just not going to find at a normal taco place,” Burnell says.
Ten to be exact, including Korean BBQ pulled jackfruit, slow-roasted portobellos, veggie chorizo and poblano, and Thai chili tofu. They offer a ton of toppings as well, such as Asian-style red cabbage, jicama and cabbage slaw, cilantro and onions, and pickled red onions. They make an assortment of sauces and salsas fresh daily.
“We’ve got plenty that are vegan and vegetarian friendly, but also creamy and hotter sauces,” Burnell says.
They also sell chips and dip, house-made nachos with queso blanco, and a variety of packed bowls. They offer packed bowls with a base of rice and black beans, as well as a lightly tossed vinaigrette kale bowl and a shredded lettuce bowl – all great low-carb options.
They also have taco suggestions like Lucy’s Fire, with roasted chicken, lettuce, cilantro and onions, Middlefield smoked cheddar, corn salsa, and cilantro-lime aioli, as well as the Blue Dream, which comes with queso blanco, ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado ranch sauce.
Condado has a beverage program with a variety of margaritas, which they make in-house using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Monday through Thursday they have an all-day happy hour. Monday through Wednesday, margaritas (house, frozen or sparkling) are $5. Thursdays are for friends, as pitchers of margaritas are $20. Each quarter they offer a featured drink, and donate all proceeds toward a local cause in the community.
Customers appreciate the friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere. They also love how each location features street-art-inspired murals that are commissioned by local artists. In Noblesville, the restaurant’s theme revolves around “Psychedelic Arcade,” a fun spin on classic 1980s arcades. The showcase wall, painted by project lead Brian Holderman, sets the tone for the theme.
“The arcade game ‘Jail Break’ references the Hamilton County sheriff’s residence and jail,” says Lindsay Pilko, Condado creative director. “This historic building served as a jail from 1876 to 1977, and once housed the infamous Charles Manson.”
Artist Erica Parker transformed Ms. Pac-Man into Ms. Taco Man. The art also includes a Morse Reservoir tribute via the 1980s game ‘Frogger,’ painted by Dan Thompson.
Another part of Condado’s concept is quickness.
“We’re fast,” Burnell says. “You can get in and out in 30 to 45 minutes while having a great experience.”
Part of the reason they can offer quick turnaround times is because of their technology, which enables servers to place orders with the kitchen in real time.
“Our server can take your drink order and those drinks could potentially arrive at your table while the rest of your order is still being taken,” Burnell says.
For those who prefer takeout or delivery, they have a user-friendly online ordering system. When the order is ready, you get a text message. They offer Bud Boxes, which include two tacos and chips and dip, for $10.99. Bud Box bundles, ideal for families, include eight tacos with a variety of chips and dips for an affordable price.
They have a rewards program that works with their Condado smartphone application.
“When you sign up for our app, the first thing you get is a free taco on us,” Burnell says. For every $50 you spend, you get $5 back. You also earn birthday rewards and rewards during promotions. For instance, October 4 was National Taco Day so those who were rewards members received a free taco.”
If you’re throwing a party or reception, Condado can cater the affair, and revelers can build their own taco or nacho. Plus, they have a 30-taco party box – you can choose three of your favorite tacos and get 10 each.
“We can accommodate any-size crowd,” Burnell says.
On top of it all, the Noblesville Condado location is optimal.
“You can hear the [Ruoff Music Center] concerts from the patio,” Burnell says. “It’s such an amazing spot.”
Condado Tacos is located at 14165 Cabela Parkway, Suite 117 in Noblesville. For more information, call 317-219-5637, visit condadotacos.com, or follow them on social media. Condado is hiring for all positions at above market value, so if you’re interested in joining the team, either as a pit stop or for a career path, reach out to their human resources team.