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.
23 Tasty Taquerias From All Across America
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.
At up to $2.30 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.
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.
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).
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