You may not have heard, but here at DC Refined we loooove our tacos! But we are some picky little taco fiends. We recently put our photographer (and her stomach) to the test as she tried more than 30 different tacos around the DMV. Naturally, local favorite Taco Bamba was up there at the top of the list, and as of this week, it looks like we will have some new offerings to check out from Chef Victor Albisu, as he opens the third outpost of his Mexican street food destination.
Taco Bamba Springfield opens Thursday September 14 at 11 a.m. in a 2,000-square-foot location with 50 seats, a full beverage program and a diverse music program ranging from rock to hip-hop to opera; breakfast service will launch on October 4 (National Taco Day) and operating hours will then expand to 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
And for all you free food lovers, listen up: All guests who visit the restaurant on opening day will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of 100 cards good for one free taco each week for a year.
“Taco Bamba is a true neighborhood restaurant in both of its current locations,” said Albisu in a press release. “We see regulars every day, we sponsor a local little league team, and work with members of the community whenever possible. But that also means that each location has to be a little different, tailored to serve its community. We could pretty easily have made this a turnkey project, duplicating the same menu and look everywhere we go, but I love the challenge of opening in a new space and listening to our new guests and using the great foundation we have with the Taco Bamba brand to build something unique in each place we open.”
Albisu worked with the same design team behind his Falls Church and Vienna locations, HapstakDemetriou, and has preserved the red and gray color palette in the newest locale. The menu will also feature some fav items (yes, the nachos and grilled guac will be there!) while branching out into new realms as well: think flautas served smothered in sauce and cheese and new variations of tacos like the Vic Fil-A Deluxe (fried chicken with cheddar cheese, pickles, chipotle mayo, bacon) and the Ricky Bobby (beef brisket suadero with serrano chile salsa, poblano ranch, blistered shishitos).
Of course you can't have Mexican food with a killer margarita, but we are super syked to try the mezcal paloma from beverage guru Amin Seddiq, who also helms the bar program at Albisu's Del Campo.
Taco Bamba, 6691-A Backlick Road, Springfield, VA, 8:30 a.m. ( beginning Oct. 4, 11 a.m. until then)- 10 p.m.