In the five years it’s been rolling, Barrio has done for the taco what Melt did for the grilled cheese sandwich: democratize it and spread its blessings throughout the region. Sure, we’ve all been eating and enjoying tacos since we were old enough to bite through a crispy corn shell, but when they are dished up in surroundings as festive as these, the food takes on a whole new light.
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There’s no shame in stuffing your face with $3 tacos and addictive queso and guac. Whether you’re in Tremont, East 4th, or Fairmount; Barrio is always crowded with people looking for delicious tacos and margs.
If you want to be more in control of your taco dining experience, then Barrio is the place for you.
While this taco shop — which first hit the Cleveland scene in 2012 — offers a menu of eight regular taco offerings, plus monthly specials, you also have the option of creating your own concoction tailored exactly to your taste.
The beauty of Barrio Lakewood lies in its blissful simplicity. Aside from a handful of starters and sides, tacos take center stage. Diners are asked to order via pencil and paper — a smart move given the infinite number of possible combinations. Every aspect of your taco is customizable: hard or soft, corn or flour, braised beef or spicy, house-made chorizo, and the list goes on. There are a dozen salsas and sauces from which to choose, including a chipotle crema, habanero mango, and fiery Barrio Secret. Top it off with lettuce, onions, cilantro, tomato and three types of cheese and you’re ready to roll.
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Barrio Tacos, a local chain and the go-to spot for delicious, build-your-own taco creations, features handcrafted cocktails, and plenty of tequila served in a hip, casual, and laid-back dining space. Made from the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, Barrio’s tacos are packed with succulent meats and fresh vegetables.
Alternatively, you can build your own taco with all your favorite toppings for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Pair your taco with an icy margarita or tequila-based cocktail, a glass of sangria, or local wine. Be sure to stop by for happy hour, which takes place every evening at the bar. You can also find the Barrio food truck at several festivals and special events throughout the city and take advantage of monthly food specials. READ MORE
“Birdtown is a go,” says Fairbairn. “As soon as we get [Barrio] downtown open, we are going to start construction over there.”
When it opens this summer, Birdtown Brewery and Pizzeria (2035 Quail St.) will feature a small brew system, prominently displayed on what was the altar. A large round bar will extend from there, and tables will fan out from the bar. A lower-level space will be converted into a game room/private dining room, says Fairbairn.
“Our plan is to create a neighborhood and boutique-driven brewery that is all about Lakewood pride,” Fairbairn told Scene. READ MORE
In a switch, Cleveland’s Barrio Restaurant Group, which runs taquerias in Tremont and Lakewood, plans to open a downtown location at 5th Street Arcades partially because of the city center’s growing residential population. Its focus also will be on evenings instead of serving the lunch crowd. READ MORE
What can possibly be better than warm corn tortillas stuffed with zesty chorizo sausage or tender shredded beef? How about a truck that delivers those tacos to a street corner near you? Since opening a few years back in Tremont, Barrio has been the go-to spot for reliable, delicious and unique taco creations (and tequila, lots and lots of tequila). READ MORE