Craft tacos come to downtown Orlando with Tin & Taco

Article written by: Lauren Delgado (Orlando Sentinel Foodie)

Review: Craft tacos come to downtown Orlando with Tin & Taco

Just when I think Orlando is taco-ed out, a new joint opens up with its own spin on this trendy dish.

Downtown’s Tin & Taco stands out among the recent influx of tacos influenced by Mexican street fare with a more Americanized, creative palate.

What I would try a second time

The taco bomb ($8 for two) is a weighty mix of ground beef, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, jack and cheddar cheeses, craft beer queso and potato sticks. This bomb had the perfect topping-to-meat ratio.

I enjoyed the different tastes and textures in the filling, which was wrapped in a crispy and cheese-encrusted tortilla.

What I didn’t like

The rich and creamy craft beer queso ($4) is lost on the hard, flavorless chips.

In a separate issue, I would like to see Tin & Taco offer more vegetarian and vegan options.

What I would put on Instagram

Massive tacos served on a tray always make for a fun photo — especially with a can of beer in the background.

Other eats

Tin & Taco offers more than 10 fillings, which can be made into tacos, rice bowls, salads, burritos, wraps or in a bag of nacho-cheese Doritos.

The meatless version consists of a mix of black beans, corn and quinoa, along with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, jack and cheddar cheeses, a zesty garlic cilantro sauce and more of those potato sticks.

Pork braised for seven hours is shredded and combined with shredded lettuce and light cotija cheese. A pineapple pico de gallo and mango pineapple vinaigrette gave it some sweet and tang.

How I was treated

Tin & Taco is a counter-service restaurant, but staffers were more than happy to explain the ingredients in certain dishes and give recommendations. Our food was delivered to us quickly.

My next visit

I’m determined to make my way through the menu. Next up: the Bourbon Street, which comes with shredded chicken, rice, mixed greens, green onion, chow mein and bourbon sauce. The Tacosaurus intrigues me, too, with ground beef, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, jack and cheddar cheeses, crushed Doritos, southwest sauce and cotija cheese.

For bar-hoppers

Tin & Taco’s penchant for “craft” extends to its drinks as well. Refrigerators full of craft beer contain both local and national varieties.

Stubborn Soda, a brand that touts its lack of artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup, fills the drink machine with flavors including agave vanilla cream soda and lemon berry açaì.

For those with special diets

A meatless taco is available.

ldelgado@orlandosentinel.com

Tin & Taco

Where: 40 W. Washington St., Orlando

When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11-3 a.m. Friday; 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday

Cost: $8

Beverages: Craft soda, beer

Wine by the glass: No

Attire: Casual

Extras: Good for groups, lunch, dinner

Noise level: Moderate

Wheelchair access: Fair

Credit: Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Discover

Call: 407-425-4340

Online: tinandtaco.com and Facebook

Photo information: Tin & Taco’s meatless (left) and Taco Bomb varieties are just two of a bevy of craft tacos offered at the downtown Orlando restaurant. (Lauren Delgado / Orlando Sentinel)