Bar Taco | Stamford, CT

Sunday, January 15th, 2012 | click here to comment

It’s staycation week for me, meaning the hubby and I spend the day going out and enjoying ourselves without a care in the world, something we haven’t been able to do in a long time. I’ve been wanting to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and finally had the opportunity this week, but with a 2.5 hour run time, knew that food (and wine) was first and foremost on the agenda before I could sit through any movie.

interior of Bar Taco Stamford  – image from BarTaco.com

Bar Taco recently opened in Stamford and we thought now was as good a time as any to stop in and see how this new location measured up to the original in Port Chester, NY. My experience at the Bar Taco location in Port Chester was good, but overall I found their tacos to be a little lacking. They were good, don’t get me wrong, but there were little nitpicky things about each one that I didn’t like. My biggest complaint being that their tacos had too much juice, making them very soggy. However, Bar Taco is very savvy about gluten-freedom and the majority of their menu is comprised of gluten-free offerings, which I learned while eating at their Port Chester location and chatting with the manager, who came over to make sure everything was ok and spoke a bit about which foods were ok and which weren’t (which were few and far between).

pickled vegetable side

The Stamford location is conveniently located downtown, right next to Barcelona, which could either be a huge boon or a major detraction for them depending on the day. If the crowds spill over from Barcelona, the next logical location to eat would be Bar Taco with it’s unpretentious surfer vibe and good food. I can honestly say I had no complaints at the Stamford location. I had the sense to order a little differently this time around from my experience at Port Chester, but the tacos at this location were actually quite good and well prepared. My favorite was the chorizo, which can easily go down the route of being too greasy, but these were made in such a way that they weren’t greasy at all, and didn’t leave me feeling like I just ingested a gut bomb. The beef and the chicken tacos ranked in at a very close second. The beef had some crunchy pieces which were a little off-putting at first, but quickly became my favorite part of the whole taco.

chipotle slaw

We ordered a couple of basic sides to accompany the tacos, pickled vegetables and the chipotle slaw, which is one of my favorite condiments ever. Both were enjoyable, but I wish they would have cut up the pickled vegetables to make them easier to add to the tacos.

tacos from left: beef, chicken, spicy chorizo, pork al pastor

I’m excited to have a sit down taco joint in Stamford that is both kid and adult friendly enough to do for lunch, dinner or brunch. The next thing on my list to try at Bar Taco? The chocolate tamale!



 

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