There’s nothing I love more than slipping out of work a little early on Friday and sliding into a table outside at Bartaco. Seriously. Nothing says, “Hellooooo, weekend!” quite like an ice cold margarita (or three). My office closed at 2 PM last Friday (score) so I scooted on over to the Bartaco on Roswell Road with my favs (Alec and Erica) for an afternoon of tacos and tequila.
We snagged a piece of prime real estate by the fireplace, set up camp, and immediately ordered a large guac and verde salsa (obvi) and the tuna poke. I’m not a huge fan of raw fish, so I left this to Alec and Erica while I ate my body weight in chips and dip (not sorry). They almost fought over the last bite… so I’d say it was good.
Bartaco has an overload of amazing (and super unique) tacos, but my two absolute favorites are the duck and the fried oyster. As we geared up to order our first round (yes, that implies there is more than one round) of tacos, our server told us about the new #BartacoSecret…. an Ancho Chile & Coffee Braised Short Rib Taco.
Obviously, we had to make a slight change to our original plan. (Ancho chile and coffee braised short rib, hello?) So we shamelessly tacked some on to our first round. When in Rome (or on Roswell Road), am I right?
The duck and fried oyster tacos were outstanding as freaking usual.
I love the duck because it reminds me of the most tender BBQ I’ve ever had, ever. I recommend everyone, even the pickiest eaters, try this taco at least once. You can thank me later.
Oysters aren’t for everyone- but I happen to love them… and this fried oyster taco is my fav in town. Why? The oysters are small, lightly battered, and perfectly dressed. It is a simple, refreshing, delicious bite.
Finally…. the secret taco. Visually- I was very attracted to it. The short rib looked super tender and was topped with some colorful fennel, onion, and cilantro. It honestly looked very similar to the duck taco, so I already trusted we were headed in the right direction. Needless to say, the secret tacos didn’t last long at our table… Erica, Alec, and I ate them all in two quick, confident bites (no shame).
We ordered two (three) more rounds of tacos and three (four) more margaritas (TGIF) before deciding to call it a night (what? we’re not 21 anymore). As we argued over who had the most charged phone to call the Uber, a round of tequila shots appeared as a peace offering on the table (shout out to our fav, Sanjay). We toasted to great friends, secret tacos, and a Friday well spent…. and then sloppily piled into our Uber.
If you’re looking to try a new trendy-casual spot that offers craft cocktails and fresh, delicious food, stop in one of the three Bartaco locations ITP. Already a Bartaco fanatic? Don’t forget to check back for my thoughts on next month’s #BartacoSecret taco!