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The best taco spots in Boston

Filled with fish, meat or vegetables, the best tacos in Boston will satisfy your cravings for delicious Mexican food

Lone Star
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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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As regular visitors to the best Mexican restaurants in Boston, we have also compiled a list of the very best tacos around the area, from vegetarian-friendly options to flavorful concoctions loaded with fresh fish and meats. Go ahead, try each and every one of them on a city-wide taco crawl. Fair warning: You will probably need to combat all that flavor with a cold beer at one of the best beer bars in Boston or a well-made cocktail from the best cocktail bars in Boston. Looking to keep the spice party going? Check out the best Indian restaurants in Boston.

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Best tacos in Boston

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Birria taco at Taqueria Jalisco
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Restaurants, Mexican

Birria taco at Taqueria Jalisco

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This tiny, family-owned taqueria in Eastie is super authentic, from homemade salsas to the popular lengua (tongue) tacos. Weekends are when the real star is available: the birria taco—beef slow-cooked with adobo spices, then chopped fine and topped with cilantro and onion—is a must, worth the trek alone.

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Cabeza taco at Taqueria El Amigo
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Restaurants, Mexican

Cabeza taco at Taqueria El Amigo

Head out to Waltham for some real taco truck fare. Here youll find fare that's quick, cheap, and fresh. Plus, you actually have the fairly rare opportunity to try a cabeza taco. The tender, fatty beef cheek is delicious, and its topped with a big slice of avocado that balances the flavor intensity.

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Pescado taco at Tenoch
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Restaurants, Mexican

Pescado taco at Tenoch

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Tortas are the main draw at Tenoch, but the fish tacos are a worthy alternative. The breaded fish is topped with cucumber, cilantro and a creamy green salsa that enhance rather than mask the fish. Co-owners (and brothers) Alvaro and Andres Sandoval hail from Veracruz, and this taco is a good representation of the flavors and ingredients of that region.

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Taco de carnitas at La Brasa
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Restaurants, Mexican

Taco de carnitas at La Brasa

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You wouldn’t expect to find such a superior taco in such an industrial-chic space. But chef Daniel Bojorquez is a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, which explains the exquisite preparation of this carnitas taco, the only taco on the menu. Bojorquez cures the pork shoulder overnight with the skin still on, then slow roasts it for 12 hours before serving it with lime salsa verde, chile de arbol and chopped white onions and cilantro.

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Cochinita pibil taco at Rincon Mexicano
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Restaurants, Mexican

Cochinita pibil taco at Rincon Mexicano

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Cochinita pibil is another authentic and hard-to-find taco. Fortunately, there's Rincon Mexicano. The traditional Yucatan preparation features pork marinated in citrus juices and seasoned with annatto seeds, which give the meat a burnt orange tinge. The house-made tortillas from chef-owner Lorenzo Reyes seal the deal.

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Lone Star
Photograph: Courtesy Lone Star/Jennifer Trebino
Restaurants, Mexican

Carnitas taco at Lone Star Taco Bar

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Lone Star caters to the young and hip of Allston, with a cool vibe and plenty of craft beer. But the carnitas taco is a notable offering for all to try. Confit pork is slightly crisped before serving, wrapped in a house made corn tortilla, then topped with onions and cilantro, plus queso fresco and salsa verde. Street corn is a tasty side dish.

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Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar
Restaurants, Mexican

Grilled avocado taco at Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar

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On the creative end of the spectrum, Loco Taqueria offers options such as blackened swordfish, buffalo chicken, and crispy calamari (served on a black tortilla). For vegetarians tired of grilled veggie tacos, check out the surprisingly flavorful grilled avocado taco. It's topped with curtido (spicy slaw), jalapeno-herb crema, crispy brussels sprouts, and spiced pumpkin seeds.

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OliToki
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Restaurants, Korean

Bulgogi beef loaded taco at OliToki

icon-location-pin Allston/Brighton

Korean-Mexican fast-casual is making its presence know around town, but OliToki’s bulgogi beef taco stands out. Thin-cut, marinated sirloin is piled atop a double tortilla and topped with onion, cilantro, purple cabbage, kimchi, cheese, sour cream, aioli and spicy toki sauce. For something even more different, get the fried spam instead of beef.

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Surtido taco at La Victoria Taqueria
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Restaurants, Mexican

Surtido taco at La Victoria Taqueria

Looking for a "challenge taco"? This is one dare you'll want to take (no vegans, please). A surtido taco contains just about every part of the pig, from its fatty bits to the gristle. Just take a bite and you'll forget all that as you savor this meaty, spicy, fatty, drippy, delicious taco from La Victoria.

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Seitan chorizo taco at Taco Party
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Restaurants, Vegan

Seitan chorizo taco at Taco Party

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Vegans and vegetarians have a real friend in Taco Pary. Here, tortillas are made without lard, and meatless tacos are full of flavor. The BBQ jackfruit taco is a popular choice, given its similarity to pulled pork, but the seitan chorizo taco is spicy and tender, like a real meaty taco.

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