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The best tacos in Boston

The best taco spots in Boston take the beloved Mexican dish to flavorful heights, from classic to contemporary

Written by
Time Out Boston Staff
&
Eric Grossman
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The best Mexican restaurants in Boston cover all the classics from burritos and enchiladas to elotes and tortas. But when you're specifically craving a taco, these are the places you'll want to seek out. Whether you're into a classic al pastor with flavorful meat, a crisp fried fish taco, or an innovative vegetarian version, these places have you covered. The best tacos in Boston feature fresh ingredients and innovative twists; you can even try fancy versions with global flavors. For more quick, handheld treats, check out the best burgers in Boston and the best sandwiches in Boston.

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Best tacos in Boston

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  • Mexican
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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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  • North End

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.

Taco de carnitas at La Brasa
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  • Mexican
  • Somerville

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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  • Mexican
  • Somerville
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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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  • Fenway/Kenmore
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El Pelón Taqueria has been a Fenway mainstay for years. While it's known for its giant burritos, don't miss the fish tacos (cornmeal-crusted cod with arbol chile mayo and pickled cabbage) or the tacos caramelos (grilled steak with melted jack cheese, hot sauce, salsa fresca and guac).

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  • South Boston

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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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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