Back in early November, Fuego Bistro owner Jeff Ward told me he was about to demolish the old Nixon's space at the Esplanade and begin work on creating Fuego Tacos, a casual spinoff of his Latin-inspired eatery at 7th Street and Bethany Home.
The renovations are finally finished, and the new spot just opened its doors, serving gourmet tacos and libations like sangria, mojitos, and specialty cocktails.
Ward says his lunch business is already jam-packed, and he's streamlining the taco menu to the eight most popular selections.
As at Fuego Bistro, braised pork shoulder is the house specialty, and I don't doubt that it's melt-in-your-mouth good. There's also Baja chicken, carne asada, cola-braised short rib, and spicy vegetable. Chipotle cream corn and Cuban black beans are served with every order of tacos.
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Fuego Tacos is at 2501 E. Camelback Rd., and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. daily, and all day on Sundays. Call 602-441-5728 for more info.