Taco Take Over
When we started hunting Roadfood many years ago, good tacos were hard to find anywhere other than the southwest borderlands and southern California. Today, great tacos are nearly everywhere. Here are 13 of Roadfood’s favorite places to get the best tacos from coast to coast.
Connecticut, South Carolina and Georgia
- Operating out of a truck in Connecticut, El Camion offers some of the best tacos we have had in the United States. The fish tacos are fantastic, made from ocean-fresh fish, sweet salsa and sour cream. Also offered are beef and chicken tacos and quesadillas that go well alongside a pair of tacos.
- The food may take a little while to be served at 3 Caminos, but this is only because nothing is preassembled. If you want tortillas, they will be freshly made for you, the same goes for every other menu item. Coming in on the weekends will give you the option of ordering a bowl of menudo, we have limited experience with this dish, but it is some of the best we have had.
- The word authentic gets thrown around so often, when describing Mexican restaurants, that it has somewhat lost its meaning. However, Taqueria El Patron is as close to authentic as you can get. Weather it comes from the location, a strip-mall, the hospitality, or the fantastic food that is made from scratch, we can’t decide, but Taqueria El Patron is worth a visit.
- Operating out of a window 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Fuel City Tacos serves customers fantastic food. Tacos with breakfast ingredients, eggs, bacon, chorizo or potatoes can be ordered between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.. After this, tacos are offered with beef, chicken fajita, barbacoa, pastor and picadillo, a spicy ground beef with diced potatoes.
- Since the late 1990s Maria’s Taco Xpress has been selling tacos for $2-$4 a piece, making it hard to not order all of them. Maria’s is best known for their migas, a taco loaded with cheesy eggs, crushed tortilla chips, onions, jalapenos and tomatoes.
- Tortillas are homemade at Taco Taco Café in San Antonio. The barbacoa, served weekends only, is the tenderest and most unctuous smoky beef imaginable. The beef is so good that it is the sole component of the taco, just beef and a fresh tortilla.
Arizona and California
- Boca Tacos Y Tequila may have a sign outside of their store announcing “our salads are hotter than your wife,” but we don’t mind, they have the food to back up their claim. A wide range of meats are offered for tacos, some of which are octopus and vegie tacos as well as classics like beef and shrimp. They also have exotic meats served on Wednesdays that feature meats such as silkworms, turtle or elk.
- Like many other restaurants on this list, Pico de Gallo makes their tortillas from scratch and doesn’t cook them till an order is placed. Many dishes take advantage of these fresh tortillas, our favorites were the carne asada tacos and birria burritos. This is undoubtedly our favorite Mexican restaurants in Tucson, maybe favorite anywhere.
- There are only two items on the menu at Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, fish tacos and shrimp tacos. This is more than enough for us because the six different salsas at the salsa bar alter the flavor so much there might as well be 12 tacos on the menu. Temporary items are offered from time to time but we recommend sticking with the classic fish or shrimp tacos.
- Tito’s Tacos, operating in Los Angeles, California, never fails to have a line. A variety of items are offered, some of which are tacos, burritos, classically bean and meat but cheese can be added, and tostadas. Multiple freshly-made salsas are offered and they are the perfect thing to accent any tacos you order.
- Tacos are served on single homemade corn tortillas at Tacos El Paisa. The taco adobada comes with spicy pork, cooked and sliced from a vertical rotisserie. Carnitas and birria tacos are more tender for anyone looking for alternatives. The carne asada is also very good but make sure to get it fresh, ask before placing your order.
Nevada and Washington
- Everything at Rosita’s is made from scratch so expect to wait a while after ordering and for your food to come out hot. Chips are made from hand rolled tortillas that puff up after being fried, creating three-dimensional chips that represent a sopaipilla. Tacos are made the same way, although the shells don’t puff up nearly as much as with the chips, both are amazing.
- Operating out of an old KFC building, Rancho Bravo Tacos represents nothing of its predecessor. The nachos were fantastic, be warned, the dish is so large that it could easily be shared between two people. The chicken quesadillas and fish tacos were also very tasty dishes. With a newly opened drive through, it is easy to be in and out very quickly.
A restaurant in the back room of an old South Carolina gas station, 3 Caminos serves wonderful from-scratch Mexican fare along with brilliant house-made salsas.
The attitude at Boca Tacos is sassy, but the cooking is elegant. Expect the unexpected in the way of fillings and salsas. It's a Tucson best bet.