Tacofino’s sixth brick-and-mortar spot, Ocho, makes mouths water and tummies taut with its unique Mount Pleasant menu.
If you hablo un poco de español (translation: speak a little Spanish), you’ll know that ocho means eight, which playfully alludes to the street address of the newest member of the Tacofino family, Ocho. At 8 East 5th Avenue, in hipster-laden Mount Pleasant, Ocho pleases cool kids (and friends). Its 100 seats are creatively curled into a refurbished art-deco heritage building, originally home to a World War 2 electrical components manufacturer.
Vertical strip lights streak down from the vaulted ceilings and a horseshoe-shaped bar makes you look muy (very) rad while drinking margaritas and tucking in to share-style rockfish or half chicken tacos (or both). With 2,800 square feet to spread out and fully actualize the Tacofino brand ethos (celebrated surf-centric atmosphere and Baja by-way-of West Coast fare), co-founders, Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinson, created Ocho to give patrons a glimpse of what they might serve to friends and family at home.
Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Regional Executive Chef, Stefan Hartmann, has influenced the menu in profound and delicious ways. He makes exceptionally good use of fire grilled and char roasted dishes for take-out half chicken and share-plate options, such as whole grilled rockfish, half chicken, grilled pork belly and top sirloin. Not to mention, starters like grilled romaine salad, queso fundido, empanadas and pozole. The taco lineup includes crispy cod, to-die-for grilled skirt steak, squid, sweet potato and leek and more.
Peep the menu here, or better yet, collect a gaggle of your food and drink-worthy friends and make a night of it. We did and it was great.
Interior photo credit: Lindsay Elliott