Greg and Carmen West patiently wait in line for a taste of Torchy’s Tacos. Photo by Karen Boughton

It started with the private, soft opening last week where special guests dined on the regular and secret menu as well as quenching their thirst with one of several Torchy’s Tacos signature drinks. Then, jump forward to Tuesday evening, June 6, to the public grand opening. Excited Kingwoodians, as well as guests from as far away as Katy and Fulsher, waited in line for over an hour to relive their fondness for this dining establishment. Joining them in line were area residents who had heard of Torchy’s but have never experienced it and wanted to see and taste for themselves what all the hype was about. While hungry guests waited patiently to enter the restaurant, Torchy’s service staff walked the line with ice-cold water, as well as serving complimentary guacamole, queso and chips.
No one was disappointed. A souped-up, Torchy’s four-wheel drive Jeep, assorted signature T-shirts shooting out of a cannon, music, food, prizes and fun topped off the night. Following the next morning was a community ribbon cutting with the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce.
Carmen West, from Kingwood, had this to say about her Torchy’s Tacos experience after enthusiastically enjoying Torchy’s with her husband for their very first time this week: “Wow, what an experience! We had a great time; very welcoming atmosphere. What a treat! Pick anything you want … my husband and I each had a fajita meat taco. My husband had corn tortillas and I had flour. They were loaded with meat, green peppers and onions and were not too spicy for me. Workers checked on us several times, asking, ‘Anything I can get you?’ After we ate, over by the window, were two little round tables stacked with fudge! One table was loaded with chocolate fudge; the other table with white fudge! My, my, my …what a way to end a meal! We’ll be back! Thank you, Torchy’s Tacos!”
Torcny’s Tacos was founded in Austin and now has 30 locations in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.



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Karen Boughton
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I grew up in a big, Greek, cooking family. I married my high school sweetheart and soon had three daughters. My husband and I worked in the family’s Greek restaurant, “Zorba’s,” for several years before moving to Baton Rouge and eventually Corpus Christi. There I taught microwave cooking classes for studio and on television for three years before moving to Kingwood in the late '80s. I reached out to learn more about regional and international foods, spending 16 years in management in private athletic/dining/country clubs for ClubCorp, where I embraced health and cooking. In 2008 I joined the Tribune Newspapers as food editor, the same time that I became a nutrition advisor and USANA Health Sciences Associate. These two passions have given me better health and the freedom to live life my way.

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