November 2015 saw the debut of yet another entry in the roster of the emerging "restaurant row" on Ellicott Street: Deep South Taco is an upscale ''taquería'' situated in a former storage warehouse just off Lafayette Square. Paying tribute to his roots in the Southern U.S. with the name of the place, owner Richard Hamilton is an [[Oklahoma]] native and veteran restaurateur whose inspiration for Deep South Taco was the authentic, downhome Mexican cooking he dabbled in as a sort of antidote to the hoity-toity fine dining of the places he owned over the years. Far from the sleepy cantina you may be picturing, though, a meal at Deep South Taco is a real experience: as you walk up to the place you see a giant rotating ''lucha libre'' mask on the front wall of the building facing Ellicott Street, framed by psychedelic lights and visuals courtesy of an outdoor video projector; indoors you're bathed in garish blue, purple and red LED lights punctuated by the eerie greenish glow of illuminated heating ducts and bar taps. (If that sounds like too much sensory overload for you, there's also the more subdued environment of the heated rooftop patio, open all year, as well as the outdoor street-level patio perfect for warm summer days.) Deep South's menu is small but packs a punch, dominated by a range of different tacos that you order singly — at $4-5 apiece, you can mix and match a combination of several; favorites include the ''taco de pescado'' (with crispy or grilled tilapia and chipotle mayo) and the ''taco de carnitas'' (spicy pulled pork and guajillo serrano salsa). Tacos are served on homemade tortillas that draw mixed reviews: fresh as can be, but fluffier than you may be used to and sometimes prone to falling apart in your hand. Elsewhere on the menu, there's a meal-in-itself nacho platter smothered in melted ''cortija'' cheese for that extra touch of authenticity, bean and cheese tacos and mushroom tostadas for vegetarian visitors, a chips-and-salsa starter that comes with your choice of three of six salsa options, and side orders of Mexican street corn that are as authentic as it gets.
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Deep South Taco
- Sun: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Sat: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
- Fri: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
- Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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