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The 6 Best Tacos in Boston

Ariane Vigna | March 4, 2021 | Food & Drink

Best tacos in Boston

Is there a better food on Earth than tacos? These little pockets of flavor can be dressed up or down in any combination limited only by your imagination. From chorizo to mojo chicken, baja fish and shrimp, roasted vegetable, black beans and seitan, there's not a section of the population that can't be perked up with a couple of hand-held delights.

The Boston area has dozens of excellent taquerias to try, whether you’re craving a creative vegetarian taco at a bustling downtown restaurant or a traditional recipe in a bar. Next time you get the craving, give one of these six gems a try. We promise they're well-worth the hype.

See also: 5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Boston

Taqueria Jalisco

291 Bennington St. / Website

If Jalisco is often jam-packed with visitors, it’s because the authenticity of this tiny, family-owned restaurant in Eastie draws praise from nearly all of Boston. Come on the weekends to try the renowned birria taco for yourself—tasty beef slow-cooked with adobo spices, chopped fine and topped with onion and cilantro.

Lone Star Taco Bar

479 Cambridge St. / Website

Lone Star has become an Allston attraction as students line up for $4 tacos and good craft beer. The carnitas taco is the star of the show, with confit pork wrapped in a homemade corn tortilla and topped with onions, cilantro, queso fresco and salsa verde. Pair with inexpensive accompaniments: huevos rancheros, grilled street corn and refried bean tostadas. On Saturday nights, stay a while and sip on tequila cocktails. For Sunday mornings, we recommend the breakfast taco with scrambled eggs, avocado cream, cheese and roasted salsa.

El Pelón Taqueria

92 Peterborough St. / Website

El Pelón Taqueria earned its reputation with its enormous burritos, but the Fenway landmark also offers scrumptious fish tacos. Try the cornmeal-crusted cod with arbol chile mayo and pickled cabbage, or tacos caramelos made of grilled steak with melted jack cheese, hot sauce, salsa fresca and guacamole. When the Red Sox return to play, be sure to grab your precious dinner early, as the small restaurant is quickly crowded on game nights.

See also: 9 Best Pizza Places in Boston

Naco Taco

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297 Massachusetts Ave. / Website

As spring approaches, Naco Taco’s 100-seat patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a really great bite. The Central Square taqueria’s classics include an outstanding fish taco with fresh cod and a fried shrimp taco. Traditional al pastor, chicken, chorizo and pulled pork tacos are also available. If you’re up for experimenting, innovative fillings like smoked tofu or duck confit may sweep you off your feet. Tequila cocktails await for weekend nights with friends. Picture yourself watching the 8 p.m. sunset. In your hands, a dangerously-fruity Piña Pa La Niña—pineapple rum, honey, apricot, spiced pear, and citrus—or an energizing Every Now and Zen—with gin, aloe, lime, and cucumber.

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar

412 W Broadway / Website

Looking for a creative twist to your favorite food? This funky neighborhood joint has you covered. Blackened swordfish, root beer-braised chicken, crispy calamari and grilled avocado—the innovative options are seemingly endless. If you’re looking to recreate the fun at home while waiting out the pandemic, Loco Taqueria proposes margarita kits so you can enjoy your favorite cocktail safely.

Taco Loco

44 Broadway / Website

The Morales family-owned Somerville establishment uses fresh ingredients to make authentic, inexpensive tacos with delicious sides. The journey to finding the eatery on the east end of Broadway is absolutely worth it. Here, you can grab tacos or burritos, fajitas, beef soup and more. Do try the carne and pollo asada, while you're at it.

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