Having a food allergy can make experimenting with new foods a bit of a problem. Being allergic to one of the main ingredients in many of the foods you love is an even bigger issue. Finding a place that is willing to help you and work with you so you can enjoy one of your favorite dishes is huge. Nino Taco is such a place.
On a recent lunch visit I inquired about not having peppers in the tacos I had been craving. When I walked in and explained that I had a pepper allergy, the manager came to our table and we discussed what I could and could not eat and then he promised he'd make my tacos totally pepper-free. Within a few minutes of taking our order, three warm and juicy tacos were delivered to our table. A few minutes later he checked back to make sure they were good and not causing any reaction for me. If you live with a food allergy you understand how amazing this is. When I have explained my allergy in other restaurants I am usually told something along the lines of, "Sorry, you will just have to order something that is safe for you." That's not the case at Nino Taco.
Nino Taco is a small restaurant located near Stevenson University's Owings Mills campus. They have a limited menu, which is presented to you as a laminated card when you sit down. For appetizers you have a choice of nacho cheese dip and chips, guacamole and chips, chili poppers, salsa and chips, homemade chili — which my boyfriend says is awesome — baked nachos, Mexican fries and Mexican chicken tenders.
Some of Nino Taco's specialties are Mexican pizza, chimichangas, chicken fajita burritos, meat sombreros and mile high nachos. They make three salads: a taco salad, a burrito salad and a Nino salad. They serve four platters: a taco platter, an enchilada platter, a burrito platter and a burrito and taco platter. Each platter is served with refried beans, nacho cheese and chips.
Their selection of foods also includes enchiladas, tacos, burritos and a burrito supreme, which is huge and could easily be two meals.
Nino Taco also offers several options to accompany your meal, like Mexican rice, refried beans, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, tortilla chips, jalapeno peppers and nacho cheese.
Of course, my favorite part of the meal is dessert. Nino Taco offers a delicious Choco Taco, which is a vanilla and chocolate ice cream taco. They also offer churros and fried cheesecake, which is by far the most amazing thing I have ever tried.
For those of you who have lived in this area a while, you might remember that Nino Taco was once on the corner of Offutt Road and Liberty Road in Randallstown.
Nino Taco is located at 10902 Boulevard Circle in Owings Mills. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.