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Back in May, Y&H brought you news that former BLT Steak chef Victor Albisu was opening his first solo venture, a taqueria called Taco Bamba in Falls Church.

The restaurant isn’t set to open until later this fall, but you’ll have a chance to try Albisu’s food even sooner during a pop-up at Black Jack on Oct. 22. The $40 event will include as much passed and stationed food and specialty cocktails as you can handle.

On Monday nights beginning on Oct. 29, Black Jack will host “Taco Bamba Nights” with an la carte menu of tacos, snacks, and other test creations from Albisu. The menu will become available Sundays, beginning Oct. 28. Some dishes to expect:

Sample Menu

Taco Bamba – Skirt Steak, Chorizo, Chicharones

Chipotle Portabella Taco – Grilled Corn, Cotija

Pork Panza Taco – Grilled Bacon, Pork Belly, Pineapple, Pickled Jalapeño

Duck Tinga Taco – Duck Leg, Crispy Skin, Charred Endive, Chipotle Crema

Surf and Turf Taco – Grilled Octopus, Sweetbreads, Charred Tomatillo Salsa

Crispy Kiss Taco – Pork Tongue, Beef Tongue, Scallions, Red Chili Aioli

Grilled Scallop and Grilled Guacamole Nachos

Black Oyster and Shrimp Campache

Spicy Grilled Bamba Wings

Wood Grilled Corn al Chili Limon

Specialty Cocktails

Pineapple Agua Fresca

Fresh Pineapple, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Milagro Silver Tequila


Fresh Jalapeño, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Tomato Juice, served alongside a shot of Milagro Tequila

Grapefruit Jarrito Sunrise

Milagro Tequila, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Rothman Creme de Violette, Jarritos Grapefruit Soda

Photo by Jeff Martin