Walk into the newest Inner Harbor East restaurant and you'd swear it was a franchise, with its professional signage and bright décor. But no, there's only one Taco Fiesta, and it was in College Park for a decade before relocating to Baltimore. And the Terps' loss is our gain, as there never can be too many quickie Mexican joints. Judging by chains such as Baja Fresh and Chipotle Mexican Grill, burritos and chips are the official fast food of the 21st century.
Taco Fiesta did it before them, and right, with a range of salsas and dressings, a cheery staff, and a menu of pretty much of what you'd expect. The Fiesta meat burrito with marinated chicken ($6.79) was standard fare, improved somewhat by hot mango salsa off the salsa bar. We fared much better with a shrimp burrito ($7.39); sautéed and savory, the shrimp were perfectly complemented by cabbage and a tangy salsa. The taco bells rang with that one. The guacamole was flavorful and riddled with chunky avocado, and the chips were just right ($2.99)--salty, a little oily, and crispy, perfect for scooping up the salsa left over from trying to bring that chicken burrito to life. Taco Fiesta gets a plus for serving beer, wine, and Fiesta Ritas ($5.95), a 16-ounce frozen concoction with Cuervo and lime juice. Try finding that at a corporate fast-food franchise.