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A new Westport favorite

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photo (10)A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about some of the questions I’m frequently asked. You can read it here. One of those questions is, “Where can I eat with the kids?” I’m happy to report that there’s another new restaurant to add to the list: Bartaco in Westport. (They have other locations in West Hartford, Stamford and Port Chester.) Located on the banks of the Saugatuck River, Bartaco is just what this area needed: a fun, funky, inexpensive restaurant that’s both kid-friendly and appealing for adults.

The menu is small. There are tacos, “not tacos,” (things like gorditas, tamales and ceviche), rice bowls, rotisserie chicken and sides.  Instead of telling the wait person your order, you fill out a form (similar to ordering sushi) and put it in a card holder for the waiter to pick up. This way, you can order at your leisure, one taco at a time, if you like.

We started with a large order of guacamole, which came with tortillas that had been fried, but not cut into chips. The guac was rich and zippy, with just the right amount of cilantro. Then we ordered tacos, three each. (Tacos range from $2.50 to $3.50 each.) Mr. EatDrink got wild boar, Baja fish and red snapper. I got sesame ribeye, chicken and curry shrimp. On the side, we got chipotle slaw and grilled corn with lime, cayenne and cotija cheese. Everything was really fresh and flavorful. My favorite was the curry shrimp, which had just the right amount of spice.

For dessert, there are chocolate tamales, churros with chocolate sauce, or ice cream cones, made with Longford’s gelato, made in Port Chester, N.Y. At $2.75 each, they’re a bargain.

I loved Bartaco for many reasons. One, the food is delicious and inexpensive. Two, the atmosphere is fun. And, perhaps most importantly, three: my son loved it. He made lots of new friends playing ring toss outside while the Mr. and I enjoyed our cocktails. Which brings me to the one disappointment: they don’t have sangria on the menu. They do offer a fruit-infused wine drink, which was very good, but lacked the punch of a good sangria. It’s a small price to pay for such a fun, easy-going restaurant that won’t break the bank.

Bartaco

20 Wilton Road, Westport

(203) 222-TACO

 www.bartaco.com

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