25 Tasty Taco Places Across the Country

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three different mexican street tacos with shrimp, steak, and fish
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TACO TEMPTATION

Tacos are a reliably cheap meal option, especially on the go. While many Mexican restaurants have pre-selected combo plates or platters that can be spendy, most also offer an a la carte option for tacos. Whether they're from a food truck or a sit-down restaurant, these tacos from across the U.S. are not to be missed when you're in the neighborhood.

Mariscos Mi Gusto Es in San Diego
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MARISCOS MI GUSTO ES

San Diego
In Southern California, locals expect great tacos. But even in the Latin cuisine paradise of San Diego, the Mariscos Mi Gusto Es food truck stands out. With a five-star rating after 250+ Yelp reviews, SoCal loyalists rave about the "fluffy inside, crispy outside" fare, which is known for being cheap, fresh and delicious — even by the standards of taco-spoiled San Diegans. Fish tacos are $1.50, and shrimp tacos are $3.

Yumbii in Atlanta
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YUMBII

Atlanta
Billed as "far out food" for its curious blend of Asian and Mexican cuisine, Yumbii now boasts a physical restaurant, but it started as a food truck offering unique twists on taco and other dishes. Its taco choices include tofu stir-fry, fried chicken, and Korean barbecue — for $3.50.

Taqueria El Pueblito in Tucson, Arizona
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TAQUERIA EL PUEBLITO

Tucson, Arizona 
This low-key restaurant sells tacos for $3 each, though some Yelp reviewers say just one is hearty enough for dinner. Vegetarians can try the rajas con crema, while carnivorous diners have high praise for Taqueria El Pueblito’s barbacoa crispy tacos and tacos al pastor.

Veracruz All Natural in Austin, Texas
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VERACRUZ ALL NATURAL

Austin, Texas 
The cheerful blue Veracruz All Natural taco truck driving around Austin (there are also bricks-and-mortar locations in Round Rock and North Austin) is a hit with locals for its good food at dirt cheap prices. Try the $3 breakfast tacos.

Tacos Atoyac in Phoenix, Arizona
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TACOS ATOYAC

Phoenix
Taco connoisseurs head to Tacos Atoyac for good food that's easy on the wallet. The standard tacos are $1.90 and the wildly popular fish tacos are only $2.80 each.

Antique Taco in Chicago, Illinois
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ANTIQUE TACO

Chicago
Antique Taco has plenty to offer Chicago-area taco aficionados. Their menu is short, but unique ingredients include curry, pickled jalapeños, and sriracha tartar sauce. While the prices may seem steep — starting at $8 — each "taco" is actually a set of two.

Taqueria Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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TAQUERIA MEXICO

Albuquerque, New Mexico
At $2.49 to $2.79 each, the a la carte tacos at Taqueria Mexico are not only cheap but can be filled with barbacoa, lengua, carne asada, carnitas, chicharrón, and the traditional ground beef. While reviewers at TripAdvisor note that the place isn't much to look at, they say the food is top-notch.

La Perla Taco Truck in Oakland, California
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LA PERLA TACO TRUCK

Oakland, California 
Regularly parked close to the West Oakland BART station, the La Perla Taco Truck attracts hungry folks in search of fresh, inexpensive eats. Fans raveabout the $2 tacos, with props given to the wide selection of meats, including tongue and tripe.

Mary's Tacos in Boerne, Texas
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MARY'S TACOS

Boerne, Texas 
Mary's Tacos has the cheap prices (the tacos start at around $2) and quality food to attract devoted fans. The breakfast tacos get high praise in diners' reviews, and the food, including the tortillas, is prepared fresh.

El Toro Bravo in Sarasota, Florida
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EL TORO BRAVO

Sarasota, Florida 
TripAdvisor commenters give this Southwestern restaurant 4.5 stars out of 5, and a plate of three tacos costs only $11 at El Toro Bravo. No lard in the food here — the chef-owner uses only olive and canola oil for improved flavor.

Taqueria del Sol in Houston, Texas
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TAQUERIA DEL SOL

Houston 
Those seeking quality Mexican fare in the Houston area have plenty of choices, but Taqueria del Sol has earned 4 stars out of 5 on Zomato. Tacos start at less than $2 each.

Barrio in Cleveland, Ohio
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BARRIO

Cleveland 
Barrio lets customers build their own tacos for $3 each, including many gourmet but free add-ons such as habanero-mango barbecue sauce and apple-jicama slaw.

District Taco in Arlington, Virginia
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DISTRICT TACO

Arlington, Virginia 
Head to District Taco to grab three breakfast tacos for $9 from a breakfast menu that's served all day. The price for regular tacos is the same at lunch and dinner.

Iguana's Mexican Street Cafe in La Crosse, Wisconsin
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IGUANA'S MEXICAN STREET CAFE

La Crosse, Wisconsin 
Iguana's offers $2.50 a la carte tacos and has plenty of raves on Yelp, where fans gush over the food but warn that the cafe is small inside.

Popo's Fiesta Del Sol in Phoenix, Arizona
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POPO'S FIESTA DEL SOL

Phoenix 
Popo's Fiesta Del Sol has been a fixture since 1964 and has a $1.99 special on tacos every Thursday. While the prices aren't as cheap the rest of the week ($4.36 and up), reviewers praise the hearty portions.

Los Dos Potrillos in Centennial, Colorado
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LOS DOS POTRILLOS

Centennial, Colorado 
With four locations in Colorado, Los Dos Potrillos is a popular haunt in Centennial and beyond. The chain offers three crunchy shell tacos for $10.25, as well as other tasty taco combinations.

El Camion in Seattle, Washington
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EL CAMION

Seattle 
There are more than a dozen taco options at El Camion, including pork three different ways. Its fish tacos get strong recommendations from Yelp fans. Lines form early, so it's best to grab a bite during non-peak hours.

Taco Escobarr in Portland, Maine
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TACO ESCOBARR

Portland, Maine 
Lobster-happy Maine isn't exactly a hotspot for Mexican food, but Taco Escobarr more than does its part to add some culinary diversity. Eater Maine says it's one of the best spots for tacos in the state, calling out the wide variety of tortillas and fillings, including in crispy or “puffy” tacos that come two for $7. The burritos are also great, reviewers say.

Taco Bamba in Falls Church, Virginia
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TACO BAMBA

Falls Church, Virginia 
Tacos are $3 each at Taco Bamba in Falls Church. The menu is long, with everything from traditional tacos to specials created by a guest chef each month. The original location is small, but Taco Bamba has expanded into sit-down dining in Springfield and Vienna.

Tacos Baja in Los Angeles, California
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TACOS BAJA

Los Angeles 
For cheap tacos, go no further than Tacos Baja in East L.A. While the regular menu boasts plenty of inexpensive deals (tacos range from $1.39 to $3.25 each), on Wednesdays fish tacos are only 99 cents.

La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara, California
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LA SUPER-RICA

Santa Barbara, California 
This restaurant was a favorite of Julia Child, so it's no surprise the hype is huge and the lines are long. Tacos are priced at about $2.50 and up, making La Super-Rica a cheap spot in a pricey town.

Taqueri­a Coatzingo in Queens, New York
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TAQUERIA COATZINGO

Queens, New York City 
Tacos are a mainstay at Taqueri­a Coatzingo, where the Mexican staple costs just $3, and chips and salsa draw high praise. Every taco is served cone-style, wrapped in paper, and topped with fresh guacamole.

El Paisa Taqueria in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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EL PAISA TAQUERIA

Albuquerque, New Mexico
El Paisa serves up $1.25 tacos as well as Mexican Coke in glass bottles. The joint doesn't take credit or debit cards so be sure to bring cash, and brush up on your Spanish — the menu is just as authentic as the food (although the staff helps clueless customers order).

¿Por Qué No? in Portland, Oregon
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¿POR QUÉ NO?

Portland, Oregon 
The tacos ($3.50 and up) at ¿Por Qué No? are made with locally sourced ingredients, GMO-free oils and sustainably fished seafood. The lines get long but tend to move quickly — and the staff takes drink orders while patrons wait.

El Come Taco in Dallas, Texas
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EL COME TACO

Dallas 
Traditional tacos are served up daily at El Come Taco, and at under $2.50 each, they're easy on the wallet. Zagat has bestowed a 4.5 rating on the eatery, noting the hip vibe and wide selection.

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