Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Margaritas + More Secret Tacos from bartaco

Last week, when the sun decided to show up for a day, we decided to get out and roadtrip for lunch at bartaco in Chapel Hill. This was our second time eating here and honestly, round two was even tastier! Bartaco has launched a series of margarita-inspired cocktails, with one featured each week. Using bold new flavors, these drinks are a spin on the classic margarita.

Bartaco kicked off these new drinks on #NationalMargaritaDay, Thursday 2/22 but we were there last week and had the featured drink, the Esmeralda. SO good! I loved the great mix of unique ingredients like Elderflower liquor, lime, matcha and thai basil! I'm sure the other cocktails are just as fantastic. Here's the line up of new drinks and when they were/are being released!

• Chai-Chica-Rita: Feb 22 - Feb 28
• Dos PiƱas: Mar 1 - Mar 7
• Spring Riser: Mar 8 - Mar 14
• Esmeralda: Mar 15 - Mar 21
• Blood, Sweat + Cheers: Mar 22 - Mar 31

We started our lunch with chips, guacamole and two salsas, a roja and a verde. The guacamole was amazing and both salsas were unique and really flavorful. We selected six tacos to try including the #bartacosecret taco, the Spiced Lamb taco. This secret taco is a Mediterranean Kofta inspired taco made with ground lamb, harissa and topped with a preserved lemon crema, and a fresh tomato, cucumber and herb salad. It was really good with a nice crunch. Remember you have to ask for this one because its a secret and its not on the menu! ;-)

We also loved the cauliflower taco, mojo pork carnitas, baja fish and pork belly tacos. We were pleased with all of our choices. I have to say everything we had had such great fresh flavor.

We couldn't help but order the churros dipped in chocolate to finish. I can't even. They were as good as the churros we had in Mexico City recently. The dipping chocolate had a hint of sea salt which I really enjoyed.

I have to say I really like the relaxed coastal vibes of bartaco, and the fresh bright interior of the restaurant. The place was nice and busy at lunch and even the music was spot on. We plan to come back when the temperatures go up a bit and take in the patio dining. I will be back for that drink. AND guacamole + churros for sure!

Get to bartaco + Enjoy!
Click here for more about our first visit to bartaco in January.

The Esmeralda

guac + roja + verde + chips

baja fish taco with chipotle slaw

six tacos for lunch for two of us

#bartacosecret - spiced lamb

churros + chocolate

see you soon, patio!