On our recent trip to Orlando, Dan and I decided to check out a local favorite --Bartaco. As someone who follows multiple local Orlando accounts on social media, i've known about this 'upscale street-food' dive for quite some time. I'm happy to report, it lived up to the top notch reviews and we had an amazing dinner!

Described on their website as 'coastal vibe in a relaxed environment,' the ambiance of the indoor seating area was incredible. I truly felt at ease from the minute we walked in the door. The light fixtures were my favorite part of the decor -- the large wicker baskets as lampshades were playful and the center bar was truly reminiscent of a beachside resort. The restaurants style and menu were apparently influenced by the beach culture of Brazil, Uraguay and Southern California, so I'd say they nailed it. Between the low mood lighting and the trendy decor, this spot gets an A+ in terms of a good vibe.

The menu is currently online, making the dining experience almost entirely contactless. Upon arrival, a hostess seated us at our table and walked us through their mobile ordering process. Through a QR code scanned on your table, you can order as you please and all of your items are fed into a running tab. The dishes were served one by one, as they were ready. The food itself was tapas-style and we both ordered a handful of individual 4-inch corn tacos. I got the crispy oyster (which was both of our favorites) and the Chile-lime shrimp taco, along with chips and salsa. Dan got the Mushroom with queso fresco (also amazing), as well as the pork belly and duck tacos. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection!

All in all, the service was quick and friendly, the food was high quality at a reasonable cost and the vibes were perfect. If I were local, I would definitely frequent this eatery for a laid back date night or after hours drinks with friends. I highly encourage you to make this stop a part of your next Orlando trip. Visit their website HERE for their full menu and a list of other restaurant locations!