16 Vancouver Bucket List Taco Joints That We'd Much Rather Keep Secret
If you could have hard tacos or soft tacos, how many soft tacos would you have?
Certain foods are just fitting for certain seasons. Pumpkin spiced lattes and turkey-anything in the fall, hot chocolate and anything peppermint in the winter. What matches with summer though? Well among watermelon and any frozen beverage - tacos! Plates and plates of tacos on a sunny afternoon, and we know you're drooling just thinking about it!
We're not talking about some Old El Paso shit either. We're absolutely serious about our tacos and believe they're a key component to a killer afternoon or evening. One taco, and you're off to a good start. Mix in a few more tacos, beer and a patio, and you're off to a great day.
Although we'd rather keep it secret, we believe that a good taco is something to taco bout. Regardless of where you are in Vancouver and what your budget is, we've got you covered - here are the best taco joints in Vancouver, to complete your summer day!
1. Tacomio // 435 Abbott Street
It's fast, casual Mexican fare. With free-run protein, ocean-wise seafood and organic produce, it's a taco you can feel good about. Their Camarones - a tiger prawn taco with avocado pure and dried chile oil is a must try.
2. El Caminos // 3250 Main Street
This Latin-American based joint has an awesome happy hour with $3 shots and $4 beer. Although their tacos are no slouch, the Cubano sandwich (featured above) is also worth talking about.
3. Bandidas Taqueria // 2781 Commercial Drive
All day breakfast, as well as a strong offering of vegetarian and vegan options offered at a modest price. Their 'Leona Gayle' is a must try, with a smokey-sweet chipotle tofu.
4. Tacofino // 15 West Cordova St.
With a vibrant, open-air patio in a Gastown alley, Tacofino is a popular Vancouver favourite. Their servings are large and their chorizo taco is a force to be reckoned with.
5. La Catrina // 1187 Denman Street
La Catrina focuses on bold combinations and incredible flavor in their tacos. Their Mole (chicken in chocolate mole sauce) and Cachete (slow-cooked beef cheeks) are addictive!
6. Gringo // 27 Blood Alley Square
On the same block as Tacofino, this funky, neon joint is another Gastown gem. Among their tacos, they always have a locally brewed lager or pale ale for $3.75. What more do you need?
7. La Mezcaleria // 1622 Commercial Drive
On the higher-end of Vancouver taco joints, La Mezcaleria enchants you with a charming and intimate atmosphere. Their tacos pair incredibly well with their Queso Fundido (molten cheese fondue in a stone bowl).
8. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop // 322 W Hastings St. and Various Locations
With 5 locations now open around Vancouver, it's easy to find a La Taqueria. It's even easier to take advantage of their Taco Wednesday special - six tacos for the price of four.
9. Lucha Verde // 1326 Davie Street
Boasting an all-vegetarian menu, their flavors are simple yet packed with flavor. Their fried cheese taco is incredibly satisfying with deep fried halloumi and an apple jicama slaw.
10. Sal y Limon // 701 Kingsway St
Sal Y Limon features their Mexican cuisine at very modest prices, with none of their tacos breaking $3. Their battered, deep-fried shrimp is a must-try; their roast lamb taco is another winner.
11. La Casita // 101 West Cordova St
Hosting in Gastown, La Casita maintains this vibrant, yet authentic Mexican decor. They always have daily specials from $8-10 and their Taco Tuesday has tacos for $2.50!
12. Las Margaritas // 1999 West 4th Avenue
Located in Kitsilano, Las Margaritas is another fantastic Mexican restaurant that emanates an authentic feel through decor. In addition to their tacos, their burritos are filling and packed with flavor!
13. The Warehouse // 989 Granville Street
Their fish tacos are underrated, but you can't argue the price or quality from their $4.95 food menu. And who hasn't tried their lucky lager before?
14. TAKO // 601 Expo Blvd
Tako is a creative take on Tacos, pushing them with Korean fusion. And the result is absolutely delicious. Their Busan Taco is a flavourful favourite.
15. Cuchillo // 261 Powell Street
High-end Mexican fare in an intimate, yet trendy atmosphere. Their tacos are out of this world with innovative flavors. Highly recommended is their Yucatan Achiote Chicken and Morita Chili BBQ Pulled Pork.
16. Topanga Cafe // 2904 West 4th Ave
This Californian-Inspired Mexican Joint was featured in an episode of 'You Gotta Eat here'. And you definitely do, this fusion of Mexican and Californian flavours is something that has to be experienced first hand.