There’s no denying what a good taco can do for your soul. They’re there for you after rough nights, they never fail to show up on Taco Tuesdays, and they’re probably the most versatile food known to man. Okay, that last part may be an exaggeration, but there’s no denying how versatile a taco can be. Just go state to state and see for yourself!
If that’s not a probable solution for you, as it likely isn’t for anyone, we’ve got you covered with the 10 best taco stands across the country. We hope you’re ready for drooling to commence and hunger to take over.
1. Tacos El Bronco in Brooklyn, New York
These tacos aren’t your run of the mill bunch, and that is thanks to the restaurant itself.
With a brick and mortar location and several food trucks roaming around Brooklyn, you’ll get your Mexican street style taco fix, and for cheap, too.
2. Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine in Portland, Oregon
You had us at homemade tortillas out of a truck. That’s right — Tehuana Oaxacaan Cuisine operates solely out of a truck and can still manage to actually make their tortillas.
Dear other taco trucks: Take note. What makes this stop stand out is their addition of tongue as a “meat” for a taco, amongst more traditional items such as beef and chorizo.
3. Veracruz All Natural in Austin, Texas
Deep in the heart of Tex-Mex, it’s hard to go wrong with any taco place. However, bringing fresh elements daily to a taco stand (or truck) is almost unheard of, but at Veracruz, they make it happen.
The owners, Reyna and Maritza, pick out fresh ingredients daily every day, so you’re never getting food left from a week ago. Oh, did we mention they make their own tortillas and tortilla chips, too?
4. La Playa Taco Shop in San Diego, California
Deemed the best taco spot in San Diego by various yelp users, La Playa Taco Shop serves up authentic Mexican-style tacos with options stretching far beyond the taco-sphere.
Their “California” burritos are large, in charge, and a fan favorite.
5. Los Tacos No. 1 in New York, New York
Don’t let the fact that this gem is in the Chelsea Market, otherwise known as tourist central at lunchtime, deter you from stopping in and experiencing some of the best tacos and Mexican cuisine you’ve set your sites, and taste buds, on.
Try the adobado taco and you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth.
6. Speedy Street Tacos in Phoenix, Arizona
This is not a fine dining establishment, and that’s why it’s so good.
Serving up the classics from tacos and quesadillas to the ever popular combination burritos with carne asada and whatever else your heart desires.
7. Cocina Azul in Albuquerque, New Mexico
It’s rare to find a solid taco joint in any city’s center, let alone one that locals rave over. That’s not the case with Cocina Azul.
Located in the heart of Albuquerque, this joint doesn’t mess around with portions and doesn’t skimp you on glorious, glorious cheese.
8. Taqueria El Toro in Raleigh, North Carolina
With it’s location being right off one of the major highways in Raleigh, Taqueria El Toro is a breeze to get to, inexpensive, and as close to authentic Mexican food and tacos as you can get — especially in North Carolina.
Added plus? If you have a picky eater on your hands or a *gasp* non-taco-lover, fret not. Their menu does have options that steer clear from Mexican cuisine.
9. Mas Tacos in Nashville, Tennessee
If you encounter a food spot that has a massive line just to order food, whatever you do, don’t leave! Mas Tacos is one of those establishments. Not because they have poor service or are short-handed, but because it’s simply that good.
With options ranging from a traditional street taco to elote, you can get it (and should) all here.
10. El Chato Taco Truck in Los Angeles, California
There’s nothing that screams true street taco like a true street taco stand. El Chato is an L.A. classic for the locals who yelp, swearing by the taco gods that this is the only place worth going to for a taco.
Try an el Pastor or Chorizo taco and you’ll be smiling for the rest of your days.