While gourmet tacos to some people may mean Taco Bell, others beg to differ. I know when I'm eating tacos I want the whole experience from chips and guac, to the margaritas, to a huge plate filled with delicious tacos. If you second this, then this article is for you!
I've found 8 taco spots that will blow your mind. Some of these spots are dedicated solely to Mexican food, and some just have the greatest tacos. You can totally do this trip all in one day, but we recommend just trying them out one day at a time! Either way, you're a boss and the prize you'll get is finding the best taco in Ottawa.
Grab your friends, order a few margaritas, and indulge! What better way to have a cheat day than eating a ton of delicious tacos? Enjoy!
Here is the taco map:
Stop 1: Sula Wok
184 Main St
This new restaurant just opened up in Ottawa and they sell insane Asian tacos. They're actually not new to the Ottawa food scene, as they've had a popular food truck for a while. They decided to open a take out/dine in restaurant in Old Ottawa East and it's to die for! You'll get such amazing tacos with a ton of options, and you can even build your own. Yum!
Stop 2: El Camino
380 Elgin St
El Camino is one of the most popular Mexican spots in Ottawa and it's for good reason. They're always insanely packed, but they have a window you can order out of if you don't feel like waiting! They have unreal margaritas, and their fish tacos are to die for. If you're looking for something unique, then try their baked corn! It gives an amazing flavour and you won't regret stopping by El Camino.
Stop 3: Pancho Villa
361 Elgin St
Not only can you get drinks as big as your head at Pancho Villa, but you can also get some unreal Mexican food. They don't have a ton of taco options, but the best taco option is the one that's on a huuuge plate with one tostada and two tacos. You'll be full for hours!
Stop 4: Nacho Cartel
151 Laurier Ave E
When we think of great places to eat, we automatically think of restaurants. But we often forget that great food comes out of trucks too! Nacho Cartel is an amazing food truck that specifically sells nachos, tacos, and milkshakes. Yes, just that. They're known for how good their tacos are, and you'll really never understand until you try one! From chicken to cauliflower tacos, no matter what you choose will blow your mind.
Stop 5: Ahora Mexican Cuisine
307 Dalhousie St
Looking past how adorable the decor of this spot is, the food is even better! Ahora Mexican Cuisine is super affordable with great options that everyone will love. Their soft tacos come in a variety of different options, and this little hole in the wall may become your favourite taco spot!
Stop 6: Burrito Borracho
105A Clarence St
Burrito Borracho is an amazing spot if you're craving tacos. Not only do they have endless options for Mexican food, but they have endless tequila options and their cocktails are amazing. You'll absolutely feel like you're in Mexico as soon as you step into this spot, and you won't regret any choice you make in here. They have options from chicken, to pulled pork, to black bean tacos.
Stop 7: Corazon De Maiz
55 ByWard Market Square
Located in the heart of the ByWard Market, Corazon De Maiz is a delicious Mexican restaurant that is actually super adorable. They have a small menu, but that doesn't mean their food isn't good! They only serve soft tacos, but as you can tell from the picture above, they're legit tacos. For 3 tacos it's only $9.50, which is super good for how filling they are! And of course, guac is extra.
18 York St
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is a stunning restaurant that sells tacos, donuts, and everything in between. That's what it states on their website, and it's so true. You can either get spicy braised beef tacos, cajun chicken tacos, or bajan crispy fish tacos. How good do those sound?! Even though Sidedoor isn't a Mexican restaurant, they still pull off tacos as if they were. Oh, and while you're at it, definitely try the donuts.