The versatility of a taco is a thing of wonder and amazement. Whether served on corn or flour tortilla, or street style to Tex-Mex, there is simply no denying the taco. Its prevalence and endless variations are appreciated and marvelous. In the Twin Cities, here are a few spots where you can satisfy your Taco cravings, whether you celebrate Taco Tuesday, or Tacos everyday.Read More
Find the Best Taco Spots in the Twin Cities
Whether Tuesday or any day, it’s Taco Time!
1. Taberna Street Tacos
One of the countless taco spots along Lake Street, Taberna is known for serving up delicious street-styled tacos. Experiment with the Korean BBQ or SW Chix Taco for a spell.
2. Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar
A staple along Uptown’s Hennepin Avenue, Nico’s is known for serving fantastic tacos using their own house made Nixtamal tortillas, which help make selections like birria tacos or the camaron asado tacos come alive. There’s also a St. Paul location.
3. MB Foodhouse
Located next door to Five Watt Coffee, Chef/Owner Kristen Martinez of MOODIEBLACK fame is serving up a fresh and revolutionary Tex-Mex twist on tacos such as the macha chicken, or the hipster death veggie tacos. Go early for the breakfast tacos and bowls, too!
4. World Street Kitchen
Sameh Wadi’s World Street Kitchen has been known to have a very global focus in its menu offerings, however the beef shawarma tacos with salsa arabe and tahini is the star of the show for their taco offerings, with the squash & mushroom taco being a worthy competitor for those seeking a vegetarian option.
5. Prieto Taqueria
Moving from Lyn-Lake Uptown to Tangletown, chef Alejandro Castillon is making mouthwatering tacos such as the brisket chipotle or fried eggplant, both of which burst at the seams with flavor.
6. Valerie's Taqueria Inc
When Valerie’s Taqueria mentions that the tacos are made with love, it's an indisputable fact. With countless meat options served in a couple of different styles (Street Style or Norteno), it's hard to go wrong at Valerie’s.
7. Pineda Tacos Plus
A crown jewel of taco spots on Lake Street, Pineda Tacos has been serving up countless patrons in their location that is no bigger than a living room, from burritos that one can cradle like a newborn, to delectable tacos with savory meats.
8. Taqueria la Hacienda
Maria and Miguel Zagal are the Queen and King of al pastor at this Lake Street establishment, coming from humble beginnings at Mercado Central, to their own establishment along Lake Street.
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9. Tacos El Kevin
Recognized by numerous critics and patrons alike as one of the best taco spots in Minneapolis, Tacos El Kevin has been giving the tacos that Minneapolis truly deserves. Rest assured no matter the taco or the style it’s served in, Tacos El Kevin has it.
10. Nixta Tortilleria & Mexican takeout
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Chef Gustavo Romero takes pride in his Nixtamal tortillas that he makes from scratch as a true labor or love. The tacos he serves up, along with the weekly meal kits to make your own tacos with, is quickly becoming Northeast’s favorite staple spot for tacos.
11. Taqueria Los Ocampo
A staple on Lake Street and next door neighbor to Chicago Lake Liquors, Los Ocampo has been serving late night tacos in any choice of meat and toppings for the longest time.
12. Taco Taxi
Located next door to Mercado Central, Taco Taxi has been serving up patrons left and right, satisfying tastebuds with their Birria de Chivo, with a spicy and flavorful consommé that might have someone quoting Oliver Twist.
13. Rusty Taco
With over five locations in the Twin Cities, Rusty Taco, the franchise started by Rusty Fenton has found its footing in the Twin Cities with a bevy of taco options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The true star taco is their spicy fried chicken taco. Try it with their super hot habanero sauce if the tastebuds can handle it.
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14. Taqueria y birrieria las cuatro milpas
Minneapolis, MN 55407
“Pick a birria, any birria,” should be the slogan of this Lake and Bloomington located spot. However their slogan of “Make Tacos, Not Walls” is the battle cry to unite everyone as one nation under Birria, with consommé and tacos for all.
Chef Jose Alarcon’s restaurant tucked into a cobblestone street corner in Northeast serves quick and tasty tacos with benefit of a full bar known for pitchers of margaritas. On warm days, sit outside and enjoy the views of the art and industrial mixed neighborhood.
16. Maya Cuisine
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Located a stones throw away from The Mill Northeast, Maya Cuisine has a salsa bar as far as the eye can see. Pair the salsas with any of the tacos they offer, and make sure to get an elote on the side.
17. El Taco Riendo
Another institution along the Central Avenue corridor in Northeast, El Taco Riendo rose from the ashes of a fire that almost burned it down during the pandemic, to continue serving the tacos Northeast deserves.
18. Taqueria Las Cañadas
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hidden inside of Winner Gas Station, Taqueria Las Cañadas has a bevy of tacos, tortas, and more for any patron to stumble onto as a surprise.
19. Hamburguesas El Gordo #1
Located off Cedar Avenue, Hamburguesas Al Gordo has been making tacos left and right, from asada to pollo, and serves them with fresh tortillas and in two different styles, with carmelized onions and baggies of hot sauce to boot. Tackle a whole box of ten, and maybe have a Del Gordo burger, too.
20. Habanero Tacos Grill
Starting out as a food truck, Habanero Tacos has moved on up to a brick and mortar location a few blocks away from Hymie’s Records on Lake Street. Don’t mistake moving up for selling out, since Habanero is still serving delectable tacos. Get one, or three, or more!
21. Sonora Grill
A block away from habanero tacos is Sonora Grill, serving up numerous tacos that are fresh, experimental, and tasty. Whether the veggie tendencies guide to the roasted mushroom taco photographed, or maybe a shrimp tempura, Sonora Grill’s got you.
22. Brother's Taqueria
Located along Long Lake Road and County Road E in New Brighton, Brothers Taqueria has been rocking the suburbs with great tacos and fresh made meats since its inception. Feeling hungry? Tackle the machete taco.
23. La Tapatia
Starting out near Falcon Heights on Larpenteur, and now moving into the former New Bohemia, Mama Marta and family are providing a slice of their native Guadelajara in all the tacos they offer. If the appetite compels, get a Torta Ahogada.
24. Tavial Grill
Brothers Victor and Tanis Alquicira have been serving patrons near and far with the tastiest tacos on West Seventh and Lexington in Saint Paul. Try the alambres or the tamales, which are just as tasty!
Located a few blocks shy of Downtown Saint Paul, Tyge Nelson and Stephen Haase deliver delectable tacos, from traditional staples like the beef barbacoa and pollo verde, to the hearty torta with shaved beef and jalapeño cheese.
26. Boca Chica | Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina
Serving West Saint Paul since 1964, Boca Chica has been a mainstay, serving up fantastic eats, but most notably, their Nopalitos con cebolla (grilled cactus and onion) tacos are a thing of marvel and beauty. Can’t go wrong with the shredded beef or Tinga de pollo tacos, either.
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27. Taco Libre
Another West Saint Paul institution, Taco Libre has been living in the luchador aesthetics since 2015. With several meat and vegetarian options, its hard to go wrong at Taco Libre.
28. El Burrito Mercado
Equal parts market and restaurant, the West Saint Paul staple run currently by Milissa Silva-Diaz has been serving the westside since 1979, and hasn’t let up since, making the tastiest tacos, enchiladas, and not to mention, elotes, the Twin Cities has ever seen.
29. Taqueria Los Paisanos
Located in Saint Paul’s Eastside, Taqueria Los Paisanos has been catching some notoriety not only for the tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas it offers, but also for the consommé con carne it serves.
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