We all know and love the Elon classics: Smitty’s, Pandora’s, The Root … but there’s a new place for college students to satisfy their never-ending quest for grub. Located just a few steps from The Root is everyone’s new favorite spot: Tangent Eat + Bar.

This new spot is under the same ownership as The Root, so I knew it was gonna be good. The relaxed atmosphere immediately put me at ease, and I got a good laugh at the Mr. Rogers picture on the tip jar as well as the various character pictures displayed at every table. A bit more laidback than its neighboring restaurants, Tangent offers a different kind of service. Whether you want your food to go or would rather enjoy your meal there, everyone orders the same way — over the counter.

Now for the food. If you enjoy tacos as much as I do, you need to try Tangent. Whether you’re a vegetarian, a vegan or an omnivore like myself, there’s something for everyone. Staying true to the South, they offer a Fried Green Tomato Taco as well as a chicken and waffle version made with fresh salsas and tortillas. But if you’d rather not step outside the box, that’s okay. Tangent’s got your back with their Classic Taco 101, filled with your choice of meat, cabbage, pico de gallo, queso fresco and cilantro.

On my excursion to Tangent, I chose to taste test the Blackened Shrimp, the Roasted Cauliflower, and the Fried Green Tomato Tacos. I also ordered the fried corn on the cob, topped with chili honey butter and queso fresco. Let me just say, this corn rocked my freaking world. The sweetness of the honey glaze was a perfect contrast to the slight hint of chili. Seriously, a great opening act for the main course.

Back to the tacos. First off, I think everyone can agree there is nothing worse than picking up a taco and having it all fall out of the tortilla just as you take your first bite. Can you say mood killer? Luckily, Tangent’s tacos passed the tortilla test with flying colors. The blackened shrimp was fresh and light with a touch of coolness thanks to the pickled cucumber and mango amba sauce, while the curry tofu mayo added the perfect amount of smokiness to the Roasted Cauliflower Taco.

And then there was the Fried Green Tomato Taco. I must confess that I am not the biggest fan of fried food (sorry, southerners), so I was a little hesitant about this one. But it was love at first bite. The fried green tomatoes were just the right amount of crispy, while the corn salsa added some needed freshness. Definitely my new favorite taco. Thank you, Tangent, for showing me the glory of the fried green tomato.

If you’re hungry and looking for some upscale and unique fare, head on down to Tangent to stuff your face with some delicious tacos.

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