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Street Tacos Enters the College Park Food Scene

Street Tacos offers a variety of Mexican food within walking distance of campus

A new restaurant that strives to offer authentic Mexican food opened Saturday in College Park. Street Tacos is located at 7313 F Baltimore Ave., and the eatery's owner, Troy Thorpe, said the business "tries to have a little more authentic Mexican food than other restaurants in the area."

Thorpe also owns Grand Cru, a wine bar in Arlington, Virginia. He chose to open Street Tacos in College Park to cater to University of Maryland students. "I've had a fondness for Mexican style restaurants ever since I was a student in Arizona," said Thorpe. "There were a lot of Mexican restaurants around the campus but I haven't been able to find anything like them in this area. So I decided to open Street Tacos."

With items like breakfast burritos and Mexican-style scrambles, Thorpe expects breakfast fare to be a favorite among students and longtime residents alike. However, the restaurant also serves tacos, burritos, chimichangas, tamales, and a variety of other dishes typical of a Mexican restaurant.

Thorpe said that he intends to promote heavily to university students. He will be advertising in the campus newspaper and is trying to establish ties to the university's meal program. He hopes to allow students to use their University of Maryland meal card to purchase food, he said.

Further appealing to potential student customers are two high definition televisions, which Thorpe said will be constantly tuned to ESPN, as well as the special prices offered on tacos during Taco Tuesdays.

"We are targeting students because they are a major population of the city of College Park," said Thorpe. "And, after all, we are only about one mile or so from campus."

Street Tacos is open from 7 a.m. until midnight on Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday. Dine-in and take-out are both available.

For more information, visit Street Taco's website.

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