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“Amazing fresh tacos”
Review of Barrio Comida

Barrio Comida
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

If these aren't the best tacos in the UK, I'll eat my hat (my sombrero?) They are amazing. I'm American, and I'd be thrilled with tacos this good back in my home country, so finding them in the UK is particularly special. I've never had a bad bite here. They do everything right.

Barrio Comida is a small restaurant built in what appears to be an old shipping container by the river. They have seating for about 25 people in their cute, colourful shack, but you can always take your food to go. They have a regular menu as well as some unique specials, but whatever you order is guaranteed to be fresh and fabulous, with flavours that simply can't be found anywhere else in town. This does not compare to any other local restaurant claiming to do Mexican or Latin American food. This is the real stuff.

If you don't want alcohol, start with an agua fresca - the mango and lime was juicy and delightful, tasting just like fresh fruit. The chips and guacamole are unmissable - incredibly fresh avocados, and crisp 100% corn tortilla chips (I am not calling them crisps in this instance.) The tacos come out as they're ready, so you may eat at a different time than your dining companions, but also the tacos will be fresh to death. The oxcheek (cabeza) is my particular favourite, with incredibly tender and flavourful meat topped with tangy feta. The ensanada is made of gloriously crispy fried fish and copious amounts of slaw, and the carne asada is absolutely gorgeous steak. I've tried nearly all the tacos over the months but those are my favourites. All the tortillas are 100% corn and fresh made (as they should be, none of this flour tortilla nonsense), and the menu is safe for gluten-free folks except the fried fish taco and one of the salsas. Tacos range from £2.50-£3.50 and 3 fill me up, but hungry boys usually get 4.

All hail Barrio Comida, may they never leave us. I always hear loads of American accents from the patrons when I come - my countrymen who crave wonderful, fresh, Mexican food flock here and surely aren't disappointed.

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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Ate here on a Sunday afternoon after visiting the Baltic and the quayside market. Great atmosphere, really friendly staff, good service even though it was busy, and excellent food.
Had an assortment of tacos including the steak, prawn, fish and chicken and all were equally delicious. Nachos with salsa were also fab. The Margaritas are excellent, they just go down too quickly,unfortunately!
It was our first visit but we will definitely be back. Even the kids enjoyed it, especially the nachos!

Thank Angie S
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

A lovely place for freshly prepared Mexican food, they have a range of salsas you can choose with tortilla chips and then the tacos and other treats. There seems to normally be one veggie, two fish and rest a mix of meat tacos. It's very casual dining with benches and paper plates but you are looking out on to the Quayside for a lovely view. We have found it to be very friendly and gone there with a number of friends who have all very much enjoyed their trip.

If you wish to indulge in a margarita (they have many!), some have freshly imported limes from Mexico. The agua fresca drinks are great if you don't want alcohol.

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Thank Jade383
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Great freshly made tacos, really tasty drinks. Fab spot looking over the Tyne. Friendly staff and good prices. We will be back!

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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

What a cute place this is. A container by the Quayside serving tapas style Mexican food.

Very informal all high stools and bars, serving the most amazing tacos. We worked through them all ranging from vegetarian, fish a snack meat.

Serves home made soft drinks and great cocktails in a great setting looking out at the Sage and the Tyne.

We had about 7 tacos and a few beers and it came to about £50.

Super cool. A great find. It's not table service but it's great service.

Thank Justine1969
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