We can’t stop taco-ing about how excited we are for National Taco Day. To help celebrate one of our favorite annual traditions, we are planning to devour next-level tacos that go above and beyond the average al pastor. Here are 15 restaurants for tremendous tacos perfect for a fun date night, a night out with friends, and more.
Lolo’s Surf Cantina, Miami Beach, Florida
These tacos work equally well when celebrating #MeatlessMonday. A rainbow of roasted heirloom cauliflowers is matched up with mashed avocado, salsa roja, queso fresco, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Hearty and heart healthy! Make a reservation at Lolo’s Surf Cantina.
SolToro, Uncasville, Connecticut
What the duck! These tacos come filled with fowl, pickled vegetables, puffed bean noodles, and cherry hoisin. Guaranteed to turn you into a quack addict. Make a reservation at SolToro.
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach, California
Tacos that are flambéed tableside are inherently better. Take these ‘cos filled with skirt steak and sautéed mushrooms and onions, and finished with rectangles of Brie. A quick hit of fire melts the cheese, helping meld all the flavors. Make a reservation at Taco Rosa.
Manta, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Chef Enrique Olvera adds a Japanese twist to a Mexican standby. He mixes black miso and tamarind puree to craft a dressing for the cabbage slaw that graces these fish tacos. Ringlets of serrano pepper and fresh lime add further bursts of flavor. Make a reservation at Manta.
Puesto at the Headquarters, San Diego, California
Shredded cheese is grilled, melted, and crisped up. It’s wrapped around filet mignon, which is presented on a housemade tortilla. Avocado and spicy pistachio serrano sauce complete this tasty taco. Make a reservation at Puesto at the Headquarters.
The Dawson, Chicago, Illinois
Bring a friend to take on these redfish tacos. The filet is accented with blackening spices and Old Bay butter before it gets grilled over a wood fire. The DIY taco set up includes yellow corn tortillas, guacamole, chipotle boosted coleslaw, and chimichurri sauce. Make a reservation at The Dawson.
Kachina Cantina, Denver, Colorado
Executive chef Denis Zvekic fuses together the cuisines of the American Southwest and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Case in point is his Navajo fry bread tacos. Fillings include smoked chicken, epazote braised beef, and tequila carnitas. Make a reservation at Kachina Cantina.
Cantina Rooftop, New York, New York
They don’t call this the GIANT ASS TACO for nothing. Weighing in at 12 freaking pounds, it’s enough to feed everyone at the fiesta. It features five pounds of guajillo marinated chicken, sour cream, lettuce, avocado, two cheeses (chihuahua and queso fresco), and four homemade sauces (tomatillo, guajillo, morita, and avocado salsa). Make a reservation at Cantina Rooftop.
El Naranjo, Austin, Texas
You’ll want a bouquet of these tacos. Hibiscus blossoms bloom in soft tortillas, along with carrots and serrano chilies. Inhale deeply and then inhale figuratively. Make a reservation at El Naranjo.
GW Fins, New Orleans, Louisiana
Firecracker tuna tacos start meals off with a bang. A mound of tartare comes topped off with creamy avocado aioli, ginger slaw, and explosive wasabi caviar. Boom! Make a reservation at GW Fins.