5 Best Tacos to Try

By: Kiyanna Noel

Tacos aren’t just meant for Tuesday’s. You can make them at home or even go to your local restaurant and ask for the first taco you see. Here’s a list of tacos and restaurants to try if you are a taco-lover:

  1. Birria Tacos with Esquites and Consomme from Jauja Mexican Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York
Photos of Esquites and Birria Tacos by Kiyanna Noel.

Birria Tacos have become more popular in the past year than ever before. You will hardly ever go to any Mexican restaurant and not see these tacos on the menu. If you are ever in Brooklyn, New York, Gabriel Calderon, a student at Hunter College, definitely recommends giving this restaurant a try. The beef taco comes with onions and cilantro as well as a few slices of radish and cubed limes on the side. 

“The taco was so filling and was so mouthwatering. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be that affordable,” Calderon said. Each taco was $5. The side of consomme, which is a broth made with onions, cilantro, and beef, was also $5. The second side, esquites, which is corn covered in cheese and chili powder, was $6.50. 

2. Flautas De Pollo from Mangonadas Mexican Kitchen in Tampa, Florida

Photo of Flautas De Pollo by Kiyanna Noel

If you are ever in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, you may want to take a peek inside the Mangonadas Mexican Kitchen. The Flautas De Pollo from Mangonadas Kitchen comes with rice and beans with cheese. The toppings on the flautas are cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, lettuce and thin slices of avocado. The entire dish was $11.95 and perfect. You definitely get your money’s worth for the food and won’t leave disappointed. 

3. Baja Fish Tacos from Besito Mexican Restaurant in Tampa, Florida

Photos of Baja Fish Tacos by Kiyanna Noel

Another restaurant that is located in Tampa is the Besito Mexican Restaurant. The fish tacos are served on flour tortillas and topped with house made slaw, cheese and a slice of lime. This restaurant looks a bit on the pricier side; however, these 4 tacos are $11.95. The tacos themselves are  well-seasoned and you can taste the juiciness of the fish in each bite. 

4. Taco Al Pastor from Gueros in Brooklyn, New York

Photo of Taco Al Pastor by Chentell Duberry

Another Brooklyn based restaurant is Gueros. Their Taco Al Pastor is made of pork shoulder, green salsa, grilled pineapple, cilantro and avocado on a corn tortilla. Business manager Chentell Duberry definitely recommends this $5 taco, despite being skeptical at first. 

“Although I only had one taco, I always make sure to grab this one whenever I drive by,” Duberry said. “They are definitely worth a try.”

5. Vegan Al Pastor from Veggie Jackson in El Paso, Texas

Photo of Vegan Al Pastor by Chentell Duberry

Last, but not least, if you are looking for a vegan option, Veggie Jackson in El Paso, Texas, has you covered. The taco is made with seitan, which is made of gluten and wheat, served on a corn tortilla with cheese and cilantro. Trying something new can be worth the money and risk. 

“It was nice to get a taco and have the mystery meat be seitan instead of mushroom or tofu,” Duberry said.

Tacos can be great on the go snacks as well as fun to try and enjoy with loved ones. Whether a soft or hard shell, meat or vegan option, tacos are an easy and affordable way to connect with others and bond over a versatile meal. 

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