(July 29, 2022) Papi’s Tacos is Ocean City’s newest Mexican restaurant, serving authentic street food seven days a week, including breakfast Thursday through Sunday.

Located at 1500 Philadelphia Avenue, Papi’s (pronounced “Poppy”) is the fourth taco joint by Baltimore restaurateurs Carrie Podles and Charlie Gjerde.

Their company, C Squared Restaurant Group, also own and operate Papi’s Tacos (Fells Point, Hampden, Towson) along with Alexander’s Tavern and Wicked Sisters.

The gluten free and vegan friendly taqueria boasts a full menu featuring birria tacos, sizzling fajitas, fill-out-your-own taco sheets and favorite authentic dishes.

Papi’s has been renovated with seating to accommodate large groups, families, and that intimate first date. Free on-site parking is available for diners as well as a bike rack.

An ornately decorated over-size bar along with communal surfboard tables greet guests upon entering and offers a happy hour daily, margaritas on tap, an extensive drink list, and freshly made aguas frescas.

There are many ways to enjoy Papi’s. Dine in, online ordering through Toast for take-out, and even a walk-up window perfect for beach goers and barefoot surfers craving fish tacos, tostadas, and Mexican street corn (aka elote-aka heaven).

Gjerde (formerly of Spike and Charlie’s) and Podles have been business partners for 15 years, but in-laws for 21 years. Keeping it in the family is one way this duo remains successful.

“We were approached about expanding the brand outside of Baltimore and Ocean City was the perfect location. We’re a family run business growing at a comfortable, yet rapid pace and we’re thrilled to be in OC. Everybody in the community has been so welcoming,” they said.

Podles, whose flagship store is named after son, Alex, is a self-acclaimed catering ninja, a passionate philanthropist, and the eye behind the designs of the restaurants.

“I’ve been coming to Ocean City, Maryland, my whole life and I am thrilled to open a Papi’s Tacos. Ocean City has so much to offer and we’re extremely happy to be here,” she said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration will take place Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m. and will include prizes and giveaways.

Visit www.papistacosoc.com for more information about hosting a private party, catering, or placing orders online.

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