Perhaps the worst-kept secret of Fairfield’s bustling restaurant scene is Bodega Taco Bar, a tidy, no-frills spot with some truly extraordinary food and booze creations in the ass end of one the assiest, endiest strip malls this side of the Gowanus Canal.
Like its sister restaurant, Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk, the BT is unique; a combination of laid-back, functional style, fresh, inventive south-of-the-border-inspired dishes and unexpected drink combinations (with a kick).
Settle in for some creamy, delicious guac and crack-like homemade tortilla chips. (Don’t bother with salsa. It’s served too pretty and, as a result, is impossible to enjoy.) Then move on to, well, anything really. Try the arepas — pork belly is a menu staple — along with fresh ceviche, perfectly seasoned lamb ribs, tasty cuban torta, and tacos: fish tacos, Korean tacos, brisket tacos and more. Veggie peeps will love the Pepito and, if you’re cutting back on carbs, there’s no shame in going “Lady Tata” style, i.e. tacos in lettuce wraps instead of a tortilla. (Oh who am I kidding? There’s LOTS of shame in it, but they still taste great. Take it from me 😉
On to the can… It’s small. And regrettably located in just about the only spare corner of this little restaurant — an alcove that’s awkwardly shared by the waitstaff’s ordering computer. Yeah, it’s weird.
Once inside, though, all’s pretty good. There are lovely brown glass subway tiles set off by bright white grout, a stylish raised bowl sink and even a bronze-y plastic waste basket that works surprisingly well. Only gripe is that the extra TP and hand towels are on an open shelf. I’d have preferred a cabinet or doors of some kind to keep the super-tiny space from feeling cluttered.
Anywho, here goes…
Rating of chew: 4.5 out of 5
Rating of loo: 2 out of 5