Remember the days when the only place to get tacos was Taco Bell? Well now there are Mexican restaurants and food trucks all over town selling these little open face Mexican sandwiches. Thank goodness for the Mexican migrants who in the early 1900’s brought this delicious piece of home to our country. Here is a list of places where you can get some of the best tacos in town (and no, Taco Bell is not on the list).
The Magazine Street Caribbean Taqueria has some of the most popular tacos in town with more than a dozen on the menu. Duck, pork, lamb, beef, chicken, oyster, shrimp and fish are some of the varieties you will find on the menu. If you are going on Taco Tuesday be prepared to wait as most of their tacos sell for only $2.
You’ll find homemade tortillas at this Fat City Mexican spot with the options of corn, flour, wheat or fried. The meat tacos start at $2.50 apiece or $8.95 for 4 and come dressed with cilantro & onions or pico de gallo or lettuce tomato and cheese. All are served with lime and salsa. On Taco Tuesday you can get 5 meat tacos for $5.
The Velvet Cactus
This Lakeview hotspot has some of the best outdoor seating and indoor decorations in the area. Get yourself a taco plate which includes 2 tacos with either 2 sides or a cup of tortilla soup for $13.99. Choices include fish, brisket, fried chicken, shrimp, mushroom, steak, pork, tuna and ground beef.
El Gato Negro
This Mexican kitchen takes inspiration from the Mexican state of Michoacan, and boy is it delicious. The tacos range from $4 – $7.75 and they are not stingy with their meat. Two of these overstuffed tacos are enough for a meal. Try the lobster claw taco for something different.
This food truck specializes in Latin cuisine and their tacos are good and come out quick. It takes 3 quick steps – pick your vessel (tortilla), pick your protein (chicken, pork, sweet potato and black beans), then pick your sauce and you are on your way. Check their website to see where they are parked every day of the week.
Here’s a tip if you want to cut down your wait at one of the more popular taco hot spots. Put your name down for a wait, get your buzzer and then look for a spot at the bar. There will be others that have arrived before you with a buzzer waiting for a bar seat as well. If they grab a bar seat before you, ask to have their buzzer, that will move up your wait and get you seated sooner since their name is higher on the list than yours. Keep your original buzzer and pay it forward to another person waiting behind you. Salud!