Uncategorized / 10.28.2011
Birmingham has a Barrio
Barrio Tacos and Tequila repairs the dearth of respectable Mexican cuisine north of Vernor Hwy.When it comes to Mexican and Latin food, most local options are of the (long gone, but sadly influential) Chi-Chi’s variety — where refried beans and Spanish rice are requisite sides with any meal. Of course, there’s always Mexican Town, which provides a little more authenticity, but surprisingly not much variety despite the number of restaurants there.Last summer, the Dali Restaurant Group, hoping to mirror the success of its other Birmingham offerings, Chen Chow Brasserie and the Hamilton Room, threw a sombrero in the ring and opened Barrio Tacos and Tequila. The restaurant’s Mexican fare manages to be both streetwise and casual, yet obviously fussed over by Executive Chef Hammond Lawton.