Friday came again marking the start of the weekend, and this time it brought along beautiful weather that was perfect for outdoor seating, taco eating and margarita drinking! So Natalie and I headed to Northside to try out Django Western Taco on the corner of Hamilton Ave. and Blue Rock St.
I’m a sucker for a good atmosphere with a deep appreciation for details, so I was instantly enamored with the string lights, canopy, wooden deck and fence and colorful flowers and patio seating. It was like hanging out at that one friend’s house with the really cool backyard set-up that you secretly envy but simultaneously appreciate being able to enjoy.
We started with the guacamole–one order is more than enough to share between two people as we ended up having to get a box for what we were unable to finish. The tortilla chips have a light dusting (we agreed it tasted like barbeque) that created a uniquely satisfying flavor combined with the fresh ingredients in the guacamole.
Natalie ordered her staple shot, and I tried the house margarita– a fusion of tequila, fresh lime and, wait for it… jalapeño. The sweet and spicy and oh-so-refreshing beverage was served on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass.
For our meal we went with some of their fan-favorite tacos (just $3-$6 each). Natalie ordered one Chicken (salsa verde crema, cilantro) and one Fish (fried tilapia, slaw, chipotle-lime sauce, cilantro), while I went with a Chicken and an Al Pastor (marinated pork, pineapple, mint, cilantro).
Every ingredient tasted fresh, from the protein to the herbs. The mint garnish in the Al Pastor served up an unexpectedly stimulating flavor. I was more than pleased with my entire meal.
We were immediately greeted with friendly service upon walking in the door, waited on by a warm and talented staff throughout our entire lunch, and given a salutation of friends upon departure.
Django is casually hip–fitting right in with the rest of Northside. For food, service, and general atmosphere I’m giving them 5 stars. Depending on your client (will they be meeting you in a three-piece suit or a button-down and nice jeans?) it may or may not be the best spot for a meeting. Either way, it’s a great place to bring friends and family or even catch a happy hour after work with your colleagues.
I’ll definitely be returning for that guacamole and another jalapeno-infused margarita on the cozy back-patio.