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2014-05-04 11:20:31 AM  
Epic fail without Los Guachos in Columbus, OH.

Their rotisserie-roasted al pastor with grilled pineapple...for $1.50 per taco... is heavenly. The truck was overwhelmed so they had to open a sit down restaurant to keep up with demand.

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2014-05-04 11:21:39 AM  

PawisBetlog: SirEattonHogg: A "taco" place in New York City made no. 2?  It's probably a Puerto Rican guy stuffing caviar into a hard shell, covering it with Velveeta shavings and charging East Coast hipsters 10 bucks a pop.

Since I moved from LA area, I miss going to the below local chain, although LA has so many excellent local taquerias (including the roach trucks), it really doesn't matter that much where one goes.

Yeah anyone that thinks they're getting good tacos more than a couple hundred miles from the border is fooling themselves.

I can't vouch for the other places on the list but it doesn't matter because if they don't think King Taco is in the top 50 then list = invalid.

Also I'd bet a paycheck that Taqueria de Anda beats most of these. And they're open after the bars close as a bonus.


You need to get out more often. Good Mexican food can be had all over the USA. It's a benfit of them migrating.
 
2014-05-04 11:25:37 AM  

Vertdang: Not one from AZ? Fail.

The best taco is a NAVAJO Taco
[topthisplace.com image 850x567]

from a place like this.

[i.cdn.travel.cnn.com image 624x416]

Just like a regular taco, except big as the plate, and instead of taco shell, it's FRY BREAD.
you grab the sides and eat it like a taco... if you can. Some of them are so filled, you have to eat em with a fork.


Where is all the meat?  The sauce?

That's just a salad!
 
2014-05-04 11:32:45 AM  

FloridaFarkTag: But, for sure, most Whiny Foodies would never step foot in a Chicos Tacos. Great food, but the La Raza anti-gringo attitude of some of the staff would shatter all the diversity myths held by a White Guilt Whiny Foodie....


White Guilt comes from the idea of "Man, we sure farked them over.  We suck!"

Anti-gringo attitude comes form "Man, they sure fark us over.  They suck!"

They seem pretty much in line.
 
2014-05-04 11:39:06 AM  
As soon as I saw El Real on Westheimer and Montrose was on the list I realized what a sham it was.

That place is the Chili's/Friday's of Tex-Mex. Casa Ole has food equivalent.
 
2014-05-04 11:48:46 AM  
With Walla Walla an hour away from me, I am thinking about a future road trip to Dora's. However, I live in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, and I have had some incredibly delicious Mexican food in the year since I moved here (and the occasional gristle-filled inedible meal).
 
2014-05-04 11:57:16 AM  

robohobo: FloridaFarkTag: This list had too many "whiny foodie" entries...but good that Chico's Tacos in El Paso made list.

But, for sure, most Whiny Foodies would never step foot in a Chicos Tacos. Great food, but the La Raza anti-gringo attitude of some of the staff would shatter all the diversity myths held by a White Guilt Whiny Foodie....

However, folks used to it are rewarded with the best Mexican food...and its not that insuferable wussy vegan foodie crap

Lulz, La Raza. Tooootally not a hate group.


Chicos tacos sucks. Sub any crappy late night after bar food place and blam. Chicos tacos.
 
2014-05-04 11:58:27 AM  
Great Taco places all over the Dallas Fort Worth area.  It is hard to screw up a taco. The PGH Taco truck does a good job in Pittsburgh PA. But, the best Tacos are at my house.
 
2014-05-04 12:01:29 PM  
I miss tacos so much. Especially breakfast tacos. I live in a Taco Vacuum. New Orleans has a million wonderful things to devour that taste great. Tacos are not in that number.
 
2014-05-04 12:07:28 PM  

almejita: violentsalvation: Some opinionated foodie blogger has never been to Arizona.

Some opinionated foodie blogger thinks he's tight going into Barrio Logan for some tacos...


Also, I dont know anything about an unassuming alley. Every time I have gone I get in that big ass line that stretches down the street. Good tacos though.
 
2014-05-04 12:07:33 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: PawisBetlog: SirEattonHogg: A "taco" place in New York City made no. 2?  It's probably a Puerto Rican guy stuffing caviar into a hard shell, covering it with Velveeta shavings and charging East Coast hipsters 10 bucks a pop.

Since I moved from LA area, I miss going to the below local chain, although LA has so many excellent local taquerias (including the roach trucks), it really doesn't matter that much where one goes.

Yeah anyone that thinks they're getting good tacos more than a couple hundred miles from the border is fooling themselves.

I can't vouch for the other places on the list but it doesn't matter because if they don't think King Taco is in the top 50 then list = invalid.

Also I'd bet a paycheck that Taqueria de Anda beats most of these. And they're open after the bars close as a bonus.

You need to get out more often. Good Mexican food can be had all over the USA. It's a benfit of them migrating.


Eat shiat and die, rape apologist.
 
2014-05-04 12:16:32 PM  

Iczer: I love how you're pretty much hosed for 'authentic' tacos if you don't live in the southern half of the country right around the Mexican border... Yeah there's a Walla Walla, WA one listed on there, but I'm not driving across the freaking state for a vegetarian anything.

There are a few food truck places around where I live that are Mexican-based, but I have no clue how good they are. Also a few restaurants that seem to be on the level about authenticity, but also have no clue on their quality...


There's tons of Mexicans in Eastern Washington.  You'll have to head across the state for quality Mexican food.  There's a couple decent places in Western Washington, but it seems the only thing most people know about Mexican food in the 206/253 is Azteca....
 
2014-05-04 12:16:53 PM  
They if they aren't in California, Arizona, new Mexico or Texas I say this list fails
 
2014-05-04 12:20:24 PM  
Why did they include a quesadilla on that list, much less so close to the top?
 
2014-05-04 12:22:01 PM  

Pattuq: This is the first Fark food article I've seen that didn't show only pictures of disgusting-looking pretentious foodie bullshiat.

Bravo.


Yeah, only some of them looked like runny baby shiat on a tortilla.
 
2014-05-04 12:22:37 PM  

MayoSlather: PawisBetlog: catmandu: Gonz: catmandu: Do you spend any time in the near South Side? If not, shut up.

I live in San Antonio. I've been to Milwaukee. The world is bigger than Wisconsin.

You people think jalapeños are painfully spicy, fer Christ's sake.

Next time you come, open your eyes and your mind and you will see the real Milwaukee, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, also one of the most segregated but at least that way you know what part of the city to go to for different types of food (and no, most do not see jalapeno's as the epitome' of heat). Do you have Nepali restaurants in SA? Indonesian? Afghani? Laotian? Jamaican? Ethiopian? Moroccan? Brazilian? Puerto Rican? Just a few I've been to in the last year.

// Bet I've seen more of the world than you
/// been to all 7 continents and 44 states

This is not a dick measuring thread, and because you have all those foods does not make them "good" or "authentic".

I saw a burrito place in Paris and tried it out of sheer curiosity. It was an abomination and I got what I deserved. You can't blame people for being skeptical about ethnic food in one of the most non-ethnic parts of the country.

Yeah, the lesson I learned in Europe is never buy food that doesn't originate from Europe. You can find excellent Italian places in Paris, but there's going to be a high level of risk if you're trying anything from North America or Asia.


There's pretty tasty Vietnamese chow in France. You just need to remember what places those particular blue-eyed devils colonized.

/and the doner kebabs are now pan-european
 
2014-05-04 12:23:35 PM  

Paleorific: violentsalvation: Some opinionated foodie blogger has never been to Arizona.

...or Colorado, a lot of great tacos there.

They had one vegetarian taco from Washington, looks good . Other than that my pursuit of any decent tacos/burittos in this state have been futile.  ALL the Mexican food here is just like any that you would get in the mid-west dating from the 1960's  beans /rice and red sauce poured over whatever they want to call an enchilada.


That's why I go for the the Korean style tacos instead.
 
2014-05-04 12:24:29 PM  

jaybeezey: redsquid: The beef tongue taco from Tampa's Taco Bus are great when they actually manage to get an order right, unfortunately this is a rarity and they are some rude assholes so we go elsewhere now.

Lingua is pretty good if done right.

I usually judge a taco joint by their pastor though.

If you are I'm houston try tornado taco on Campbell. Great pastor, or Karanchos on Sheldon rd in Channelview.


Used to be a place on 529 that started as a taco trick, then built a building, they were damn good, sadly there seems to be a bar there now.

I need to find a good taco place near b8 and 249 myself.

I miss the Mexican shack on mangum at 34
 
2014-05-04 12:26:58 PM  

Gonz: catmandu: Do you spend any time in the near South Side? If not, shut up.

I live in San Antonio. I've been to Milwaukee. The world is bigger than Wisconsin.

You people think jalapeños are painfully spicy, fer Christ's sake.


Reminds me of my week in southeast Kansas, I asked for spicier salsa they brought me mild jalapenos
 
2014-05-04 12:53:56 PM  
#1 is in NY? Yeah that makes sense....said no one ever. Missed this as well:  http://www.taco-bus.com/
 
2014-05-04 12:57:48 PM  
I don't understand how number 19 "Mary & Tito's" always makes lists like this. I don't know anybody in Albuquerque who's actually ever been there.
 
2014-05-04 01:12:00 PM  

mooseyfate: Mid_mo_mad_man: PawisBetlog: SirEattonHogg: A "taco" place in New York City made no. 2?  It's probably a Puerto Rican guy stuffing caviar into a hard shell, covering it with Velveeta shavings and charging East Coast hipsters 10 bucks a pop.

Since I moved from LA area, I miss going to the below local chain, although LA has so many excellent local taquerias (including the roach trucks), it really doesn't matter that much where one goes.

Yeah anyone that thinks they're getting good tacos more than a couple hundred miles from the border is fooling themselves.

I can't vouch for the other places on the list but it doesn't matter because if they don't think King Taco is in the top 50 then list = invalid.

Also I'd bet a paycheck that Taqueria de Anda beats most of these. And they're open after the bars close as a bonus.

You need to get out more often. Good Mexican food can be had all over the USA. It's a benfit of them migrating.

Eat shiat and die, rape apologist.


Right back at you.
 
2014-05-04 01:14:31 PM  
Torchy's? Give me a farking break. Why not put Fuzzy's on there while you're at it? I am honestly surprised Fuel City in Dallas didn't make the list though.

El Come Taco on Fitzhugh is new and good. I've seen everything from insects to brains on their taco menu.

Tacos King on Ft. Worth in Oak Cliff might be my favorite.
 
2014-05-04 01:18:14 PM  
Tito's tacos aren't even in the top 50 for LA, let alone the country. I grew up in CC and never understood the local obsession with this place. Skip it and walk down the road to Johnnie's Pastrami.
 
2014-05-04 01:31:10 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: This thread sads me for two reasons:
1) The closest place on this list is a two-hour drive
2) I'm the Weeners this
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I've heard her taco pops.  That thing she's eating looks pretty tasty too.
 
drp
2014-05-04 01:34:35 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Good Mexican food can be had all over the USA.


No it can't.  There isn't a decent taco in the entire state of Virginia.  It's one of the great tragedies of my life.
 
2014-05-04 01:38:26 PM  

drp: Mid_mo_mad_man: Good Mexican food can be had all over the USA.

No it can't.  There isn't a decent taco in the entire state of Virginia.  It's one of the great tragedies of my life.


Invest in large scale agribusiness. You build it and the mexican food will show.
 
2014-05-04 01:39:09 PM  

Gonz: catmandu: List fails without Conejito's in Milwaukee.

That's possibly the single most Caucasian comment I've ever seen in my life.

No. No place in Milwaukee needs to be on a list of the 50 best tacos in America. Period. There is no debate possible on this. It's a statement so absurd that I initially thought you were trolling.


Oh snap! that is some funny shiat right there.
 
2014-05-04 01:47:44 PM  
Chicago, La Pasadita... that is all.
 
drp
2014-05-04 01:48:39 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Invest in large scale agribusiness. You build it and the mexican food will show.


Nah, it can't be that.  Plenty of agriculture in Virginia.  Maybe wonder if Mexican people lose their ability to make good food the further they get from Mexico?  Either that or they modify the cooking for local markets full of pasty easterners who want bland food.


Once upon a time I was visiting South Carolina and went to a "Mexican" restaurant that was lauded by several people as great.  There was a line to get in.  I ordered a combo plate with a taco, enchilada, and burrito.  The taco was a folded flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it.  The burrito was a rolled flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it.  The enchilida was a differently rolled flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it, with what appeared to be Pace picante sauce splashed on top.  One of the people with me got a "tostada" which was a flat flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef on it.

I thought they were farking with us but the locals thought it was great.
 
2014-05-04 02:00:10 PM  
50 best tacos is Chicago, New York, California and Texas.  At most.

In America?  Not even close.
 
2014-05-04 02:01:06 PM  

drp: Mid_mo_mad_man: Invest in large scale agribusiness. You build it and the mexican food will show.

Nah, it can't be that.  Plenty of agriculture in Virginia.  Maybe wonder if Mexican people lose their ability to make good food the further they get from Mexico?  Either that or they modify the cooking for local markets full of pasty easterners who want bland food.


Once upon a time I was visiting South Carolina and went to a "Mexican" restaurant that was lauded by several people as great.  There was a line to get in.  I ordered a combo plate with a taco, enchilada, and burrito.  The taco was a folded flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it.  The burrito was a rolled flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it.  The enchilida was a differently rolled flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef in it, with what appeared to be Pace picante sauce splashed on top.  One of the people with me got a "tostada" which was a flat flour tortilla with unseasoned ground beef on it.

I thought they were farking with us but the locals thought it was great.


A good rule of thumb on Mexican food is this if the place looks like it would pass a health inspection walk on by. It won't be good.
 
2014-05-04 02:09:28 PM  

knight_on_the_rail: Torchy's? Give me a farking break. Why not put Fuzzy's on there while you're at it? I am honestly surprised Fuel City in Dallas didn't make the list though.

El Come Taco on Fitzhugh is new and good. I've seen everything from insects to brains on their taco menu.

Tacos King on Ft. Worth in Oak Cliff might be my favorite.


San Diego Taco is really great. I think they have 1 in Dallas, 1 in Irving, and one 3 minutes from my house.
 
2014-05-04 02:15:06 PM  
The place in Walla Walla is a sh*thole with terrible tacos. Of all the places in Eastern Washington...they picked this? Weird.
 
2014-05-04 02:33:42 PM  

sendtodave: Vertdang: Not one from AZ? Fail.

The best taco is a NAVAJO Taco
[topthisplace.com image 850x567]

from a place like this.

[i.cdn.travel.cnn.com image 624x416]

Just like a regular taco, except big as the plate, and instead of taco shell, it's FRY BREAD.
you grab the sides and eat it like a taco... if you can. Some of them are so filled, you have to eat em with a fork.

Where is all the meat?  The sauce?

That's just a salad!


You have to dig it out. Like minecraft.

all the beans, sauce, and meat gets sucked down into the delicious crevasses of the frybread, which soaks up all the savory juices.... and now I'm hungry

I... I better stop.

img.pandawhale.com
 
2014-05-04 02:41:50 PM  

99.998er: you are a puppet: TheJoe03: I heard Mexican food was garbage outside of the Southwest, Texas, and California so this list surprised me. Atlanta most of all since my buddy from Georgia said Mexican food out there is a joke.

If you look at the street addresses of the two Atlanta places you'll notice they are both in the same spot off Buford Hwy. That road basically IS Mexico.

And Korean, Chinese, Ethiopian, Japanese, Thai, Middle Eastern, etc.


Not really. Those other places have little blocks along the road though. Very little. You can find them if you search the shadow of Plaza Fiesta hard enough.
 
2014-05-04 02:42:43 PM  

mafiageek1980: Infobahn: So, Austin?

its a "thing" here. I think the city of austin is fueled by beer and our love for Tacos. We love our breakfast (and non breakfast) tacos to the point that, well, people take advantage of a need and now we have a billion-and-one taco places/trucks here.

I find the "hole in the wall" taco places are the best, but, Matt's El Ranchero is decent.


Austin is also great if you like to get hoity-toity about your hamburgers.
 
2014-05-04 02:49:50 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Good "specialty" fish tacos.

If you want good tacos in SA, you just find "Taquieria #****" And boom, great tacos.

Tacos are not rocket science. If they don't taste great, you probably shouldn't be in a kitchen.
 
2014-05-04 03:22:15 PM  

Paleorific: They had one vegetarian taco from Washington, looks good . Other than that my pursuit of any decent tacos/burittos in this state have been futile.  ALL the Mexican food here is just like any that you would get in the mid-west dating from the 1960's  beans /rice and red sauce poured over whatever they want to call an enchilada.


Come down to Portland.  We have some decent selections.  We're no San Diego, but for being as far north as we are there are some great taquerias around town.
 
2014-05-04 04:50:57 PM  
Not a single place from Arizona?

fark this guy.  He knows exactly shiat.
 
2014-05-04 04:58:15 PM  
Best Tacos I've had in 30 years, the Austin Taco House on 1st and Congress. Not the nicest, trendiest spot, but they did make everything from scratch there. Good prices too. They tore it down, like I said 30 years ago or so, and put an office building up. Whenever I go out for tacos, still compare to that place. Kinda sad, really.
/ Otherwise, haven't had a decent taco in Texas.Evar.
 
2014-05-04 05:52:43 PM  

Electriclectic: mafiageek1980: Infobahn: So, Austin?

its a "thing" here. I think the city of austin is fueled by beer and our love for Tacos. We love our breakfast (and non breakfast) tacos to the point that, well, people take advantage of a need and now we have a billion-and-one taco places/trucks here.

I find the "hole in the wall" taco places are the best, but, Matt's El Ranchero is decent.

Austin is also great if you like to get hoity-toity about your hamburgers.


Agreed. I've never seen a place with so many different hamburger joints and so many people biatching and moaning about who's better or not. Oh god, and ever since they built an In and Out here i've heard nothing but biatching about how much better Whataburger is.

/I'm a fan of Top Notch myself.
 
2014-05-04 06:02:02 PM  

happydude45: knight_on_the_rail: Torchy's? Give me a farking break. Why not put Fuzzy's on there while you're at it? I am honestly surprised Fuel City in Dallas didn't make the list though.

El Come Taco on Fitzhugh is new and good. I've seen everything from insects to brains on their taco menu.

Tacos King on Ft. Worth in Oak Cliff might be my favorite.

San Diego Taco is really great. I think they have 1 in Dallas, 1 in Irving, and one 3 minutes from my house.


Thanks for the tip, I'm always up for a new taco place.
 
2014-05-04 06:04:00 PM  

cwheelie: Gonz: catmandu: List fails without Conejito's in Milwaukee.

That's possibly the single most Caucasian comment I've ever seen in my life.

No. No place in Milwaukee needs to be on a list of the 50 best tacos in America. Period. There is no debate possible on this. It's a statement so absurd that I initially thought you were trolling.

Oh snap! that is some funny shiat right there.


Oh. Is that your alt?
 
2014-05-04 06:22:05 PM  

Argyle82: Iczer: I love how you're pretty much hosed for 'authentic' tacos if you don't live in the southern half of the country right around the Mexican border... Yeah there's a Walla Walla, WA one listed on there, but I'm not driving across the freaking state for a vegetarian anything.

There are a few food truck places around where I live that are Mexican-based, but I have no clue how good they are. Also a few restaurants that seem to be on the level about authenticity, but also have no clue on their quality...

There's tons of Mexicans in Eastern Washington.  You'll have to head across the state for quality Mexican food.  There's a couple decent places in Western Washington, but it seems the only thing most people know about Mexican food in the 206/253 is Azteca....


Don't forget Mazatlan!

Past that, thinking about this a bit more last night and your comment made me remember something... There's a tiny hispanic grocer in south Auburn that has a small take out restaurant in it that serves pretty legit-sounding mexican food. Stuff like beef tongue and the like. Only problem is I keep forgetting it's there, and they're a cash-only store (but their produce and prices are awesome, so...).
 
2014-05-04 07:11:21 PM  
Chicago and/or NY for tacos...
Riiiiight.

The 100 worst taco joints in NM, AZ, CO, TX and CA are better than anything Chicago or NY can dream of. Should stick to pizza wars.
 
2014-05-04 08:09:27 PM  
Taco Bamba, in Falls Church, VA, is also quite good. Maybe the best in the area (though I notice there wasn't much in this area on their list).

They also serve meat tortas as big as your head.
 
2014-05-04 08:45:58 PM  

you are a puppet: 99.998er: you are a puppet: TheJoe03: I heard Mexican food was garbage outside of the Southwest, Texas, and California so this list surprised me. Atlanta most of all since my buddy from Georgia said Mexican food out there is a joke.

If you look at the street addresses of the two Atlanta places you'll notice they are both in the same spot off Buford Hwy. That road basically IS Mexico.

And Korean, Chinese, Ethiopian, Japanese, Thai, Middle Eastern, etc.

Not really. Those other places have little blocks along the road though. Very little. You can find them if you search the shadow of Plaza Fiesta hard enough.


After reading this, I went over to the one in the Chicago Supermarket  and got some tacos (asada and carnitas)  I must say--they were VERY good.  Nice portion of tasty meat, plus fresh toppings and sauces to spice them up,   The outer tortilla was crisp and warm, almost like a baked pita.

Definite do-again!
 
2014-05-04 08:58:17 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: ...although they got the taco wrong. The best taco at Torchy's is the green chile pork.


Personally, I say it's the brushfire, but green chile pork is a close second.  I think we can both agree that the trailer park isn't the best one.

I live up in Round Rock, and I was pretty jazzed when they opened one just 2 blocks away from me on 79.
 
2014-05-04 09:45:44 PM  

knight_on_the_rail: Torchy's? Give me a farking break. Why not put Fuzzy's on there while you're at it? I am honestly surprised Fuel City in Dallas didn't make the list though.

El Come Taco on Fitzhugh is new and good. I've seen everything from insects to brains on their taco menu.

Tacos King on Ft. Worth in Oak Cliff might be my favorite.


If they include torchy's they need to include the texas taco co. cause well TTC is a clone of torchy's
 
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