Hot Spots: Tacos Nuevos

Hot Spots: Tacos Nuevos

By Brian Michael Lawrence

When it comes to Mexican food, I say, the more the better. My personal favorites include El Salto in Glen Burnie, Papi’s in Fells Point (with another location coming soon to Hampden), Clavel in Remington, and Holy Frijoles in Hampden. New to the Charm City mix is Vida Taco Bar, located on the ground floor level of a glass tower downtown at Harbor Point.

The complex includes retail outlets such as West Elm, PlantBar and Ceremony Coffee Roasters.
Vida occupies a prime corner spot and offers floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, offering great views from both the barroom and the main dining room. Warm wood floors tie the spaces together…
…and fun, authentic artwork dots the walls.
A central, open kitchen is trimmed in brick and provides a show as cooks bustle about the area.
As expected, the bar offers a nice array of beers, tequilas and mezcal, as well as margaritas by the glass or pitcher.
The menu contains a long list of Mexican favorites, but go for the tacos. Choose from flour or corn tortillas, or a lettuce wrap. Then opt to fill it with chorizo, fish, sweet potato, Korean pork belly, braised beef, Thai shrimp, lamb, seared scallops, or my favorite – tinga chicken. It combines shredded roasted chicken with tomato, chipotle sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresco and cilantro.
All in all, a great addition to the city’s casual dining scene.
{Vida Taco Bar, 1401 Point Street, Harbor Point}
Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.