By Celina Tennant
There’s no better advertisement than looking at a restaurant’s Instagram when you’re hungry. It was this Monday when Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar in South Boston posted a photo of their Creamsicle Margarita that made me immediately make plans with Emily to go two days later.
Loco Taqueria is Lincoln Tavern’s neighbor, so grab some appetizers there, hop over to Loco Taqueria for margaritas and tacos, and then grab some dessert at CAPO—sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening!
Loco Taqueria is one of those restaurants that just make you happy. Their fun, rustic décor is inviting, with lights strung up above the large bar in the middle and tall windows paneling the wall looking out onto West Broadway. On a Wednesday night, it was already packed by 5:30 and Emily and I had a lot of decisions to make. (Which margarita should I get? Do we want the Papas Bravas and the Queso Dip? Should we get four tacos or six? So difficult to decide!)
Unfortunately the Creamsicle Margarita had been so popular over the course of the last two days that the restaurant had run out of oranges. Luckily though, there were still several choices, so Emily got The Britney (left in the photo below) for $11 and I got the Rainbow Dragon (right) for $10. The Britney, assumingly named after Britney Spears and described as “A Little Crazy & Awesome,” was made up of Peligroso blanc, watermelon, mint, lemon juice, and blueberries. The Rainbow Dragon was Don Julio reposado tequila, fresh lime, house triple sec, simple syrup, and topped with Plantation rum.
We ordered the Queso Dip for $10, which was a creamy Monterey Jack cheese with crumbled chorizo and chives on top. It had a slight smoky flavor and was the perfect size for a starter.
Along with a specials list that we received with our menus, there was also a simple Oyster Bar Order Form with five different types of oysters available that day and options for different flavored mignonettes and shaved ice. If you had told me a year ago that I would be eating raw oysters willingly, I would have laughed in your face. I am definitely still a newbie, and Emily and I had a lot of questions for our wonderfully patient server, Abby, but it was an excellent decision. Abby advised us that the Massachusetts oysters ($2.75 each) would be brinier than the out-of-state selections ($3 each). We checked off two Martha’s Vineyard, MA, oysters and two Wildcat Cove, Totten Inlet, WA, oysters with a Fresno chili mignonette and Thai basil shaved ice on the side. The local oysters definitely had a stronger ocean taste, but it was really cool to be able to eat something and be transported to Martha’s Vineyard, where I vacationed when I was younger, and the mignonette wasn’t overpowering. The Washington oyster was much less briny, had a slight vegetable taste, and paired well with the shaved ice.
Emily ordered the Grilled Avocado Tacos for $9 with curtido (a marinated cabbage slaw), jalapeño herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts, and spiced pumpkin seeds. At first, I wondered if I’d miss having meat in my taco, but I tried Emily’s and it was so flavorful and full of crunchy Brussels sprouts that I didn’t miss anything; I definitely want to get that for myself next time.
I ordered the Carne Asada Tacos for $12, a classic with flank steak, chimichurri, pico, green mole, pickled Fresno peppers, and crispy tortilla chips. The fresh herb taste was astounding and it left a spicy aftertaste with each bite. One of the best parts was that the flank steak was cut into small pieces, so I didn’t have to wrestle my taco to enjoy it.
Because we had such a difficult time deciding on drinks earlier, we convinced ourselves that we needed to try more margaritas. I got the Coco (right in the photo below) for $11. “One of the most popular choices on the menu,” said Abby. It was made with Maestro Dobel tequila, house triple sec, fresh lime, and coconut. Emily chose the Little Devil (left) for $11, which was a perfect balance of jalapeño infused Maestro Dobel tequila, a little Combier, Lejay cassis, and fresh lime.
Blogging about Loco Taqueria and sitting there enjoying my meal with Emily has probably been my favorite part of Fare & Square Boston so far. We have already made plans to go back for the Creamsicle Margarita and for buck-a-shuck Mondays!
412 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127