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King's Tacos

Posted by Anders Whist / Reviewed on March 28, 2014 / review policy

Kings Tacos TorontoKing's Tacos has been serving up Mexican fare in Toronto since the early 80s, though not always at its current location. The somewhat spartan restaurant, often packed, rightly takes pride in its authenticity, but what really stands out are its enormous portions and meaty offerings.

Kings TacosEverything at King's Tacos is gigantic, starting with the soup. Fortunately the Soupa Azteca ($8.90), a rich and meaty chicken soup, is not only huge, it's delicious. The hearty broth is larded with buttery avocado, crunchy tortilla strips and tender, flavourful chicken, and touch of sour cream adds depth and and pleasantly sour contrast. A frozen vegetable mix of corn, carrots and peas is the only unnecessary note, though it doesn't detract from the dish on the whole.

Kings TacosTacos ($9.50-$14.50) are DIY style, so we're presented with steamed tortillas, heapings of cilantro and onions, lime wedges and an array of delicious sauces - jalapeno, red chili and chipotle. These toppings are then decidedly upstaged by the staggering amounts of meat that come out moments later. The Fortachon is a mix of beef and chorizo topped with cheese, almost like a Middle Eastern mixed grill. It's hard to describe beyond "meat," but put it this way - if you like beef, you won't be disappointed.

Kings TacosThe King's Special is, if anything, even meatier. Combining beef, pork, chorizo, and bacon along with a topping of cheese, it packs a serious wallop. Pairing the tacos with the lime, onion and a cilantro is not just a good idea, it might be the only way to save yourself from meat overload. And if that isn't enough, sides like rich and flavourful refried beans ($5.50) are also available.

Kings TacosQuesadillas also appear on the menu, and we decided to sample the Montado Chihuahua ($11.90), a mix of cheese, bistec (beef), fried beans, tomato and cucumber. Like our other dishes, this one was seriously heavy, as the meat and the plentiful cheese combine to overload their warm, slightly crispy tortilla wrapping. Tomato and cucumber are helpful in adding some needed balance, but make no mistake, this greasy, meaty dish ain't for the faint of heart.

Kings TacosKing's Taco, with its old school, grease and meat heavy menu may not be in keeping with the more trendy taquerias that seem to dominate the Toronto Mexican scene. Don't let that fool you - the food is authentic, and more importantly, good, and the portions are gigantic. We barely finished our meal, and all decided we would never eat again. We'll see how that goes.

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13 Comments

Steve / June 25, 2012 at 02:09 pm
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Had it first time last night. While I thought that the old restaurant - Guacamole was "OK" - Kings Tacos are really quite good, and the number of patrons compared to Guacamole has increased tremendously. Many/most were latinos if that means anything to anyone..

Real nacho chips, good salsas, and Carnitas (pulled pork tacos) and Ya Vas (a mix of meat + veggie - do-it-yourself tacos) were all authentic. My wife is a Latina - she should know :)

The prices are all adequate as they really pile of the meat in the taco-sets of 4 ($9-13). I was extremely full after.

Looking forward to trying more things on their menu.
Michelle / August 6, 2012 at 03:36 pm
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It is definately a must go place.....! Real tacos and salsas right there from a mexican point of view. Excellent service and big portions on both dishes an tacos' orders. Very pleased with the place. I've gone 4 times already.
Gary / August 14, 2012 at 01:54 pm
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We've been a number of times now - great food. The tacos are pretty addictive - and the sauces a really good too. Probably our favorite place for real authentic Mexican. Like someone else said, we always leave really stuffed. They pile on the meat and you definitely feel like you've had more than your fill for the price.
Nicole / August 17, 2012 at 11:07 am
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Well, I hate to spoil our little secret but the place is really a hidden jem. My boyfriend and I have been going to El Trompo in kensignton for years, but now that we've had King's tacos we're never going back. There are lots of amazing things on the menu, but we're stuck on the tacos. The portions are big, and extra tortilla and sauces are free (kind of got tired of that at El Trompo - too much money for what you get). We met the owners the last time we were in - amazing people. They told us that they owned a restaurant in Mexico for over 20 years... The crazy thing they told us is that "The King" sources everything fresh *every day*. I worked in a restaurant for a while, and trust me this is pretty unusual- you're lucky to not get something pre-frozen whenever you eat out.

Anyways, the food is great. We've also had some of their "fresh waters" (agua frescas I think...), and they were yummy too.

Long live the King!
Nordia / August 22, 2012 at 05:30 pm
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Great food and excellent service!! Been there a few times and I must say money well spent. Go check it out and bring a friend.
Sylvester / August 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm
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I've discovered King Taco 2 months ago and I've been going back ever since. The food is great and you'll definitely get your monies worth. I highly recommend it.
Coolusername / September 14, 2012 at 11:22 am
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Terrible. Will never return.
Big Mexican food lover (I'm Mexican!) and was sad to see Guacamole go so quickly but excited it was being replaced by another Mexican place. Took my whole family and was very disappointed. Tacos were super greasy. Their salsas were ridiculous spicy (please note- we are MEXICAN). I ordered the enchiladas and was told the salsa I was ordering was "Medium". They arrived and I happily bit into it. My mouth was literally on fire- it was so spicy. Water, horchata, tortillas..nothing took the burning sensation out of my mouth. It was so spicy I was literally crying. I immediately called over the manager (and I NEVER do this) and said- I'm sorry but this salsa is way too hot- I can't eat this. Instead of apologizing- he said I told you it was hot and argued with me how they don't have medium salsa...I said well I can't eat this and ordered the tacos instead. I was charged for the entire enchilada dish AND my tacos- despite the fact that my entire family was eating expensive meals and appetizers. LAME. Manager dropped off the bill to my table and snuck away...he knew he was being an asshole. I had literally eaten 2 bites of the meal. He then left the meal on my table and asked me if I wanted to take it home..(um I can't eat it at home either asshole). The group behind us (also Mexican) was also complaining about the spicy salsa. NEVER will I return. Too bad about their lack of customer service- I could have eaten their greasy tacos again BUT they are SUPER RUDE. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE.
Pedro / September 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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Today I was there with my family and friends, to be honest this is the best restaurant I've ever been in Toronto, before I was use to go to Tenoch or Trompo but not any more I enjoyed the tacos I enjoyed the salsas, mmm really really authentic food, the surprise that makes me love more this place is that Mariachis came to sing, we really had a good time there I know this a family bussiness so they really care about everything. In my opinion I will strongly recomend it. Food , customer service, prices and even the Place is so beautiful, THANKS KING'S TACOS for having come to Canada, me my family and friends LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!
carlos replying to a comment from Coolusername / September 30, 2012 at 04:45 pm
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Tenias que ser mexicano para tirarle mierda a otro mexicano, sino te gusto no regreses y punto.
Miguel / October 2, 2012 at 12:13 am
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Ni siquiera es mexicano, un mexicano sabe que la palabra " enchiladas" proviene de la palabra "chile" osea "picante" - si no te gusta el chile para que ordenas "chile"?????????????? Yo soy mexicano y siempre llevo a mis hijos son de 6 y 8 anios y ellos se comen una orden de enchiladas cada uno y no lloran!! - un verdadero mexicano disfruta el picante y entre mas picante mejor!! Y si muy bien dicho - si no te gusta no regreses gente negativa como tu no queremos ni en mexico ni en Toronto mejor vete al mc donalds. In english for you mexa wanna be!! - you are not even mexican if you are then you should know the word "enchiladas" comes from the word "chili" - or "hot" - if you dont like "hot chili" why do you order a dish called "hot chili" ???????? Why???? I dont understand!!! I am mexican and I go with my two kids one is 6 and the other is 8 years old each one orders one order of 'enchiladas' they enjoy it without CRYING! - a truly mexican enjoys the hot chili and the more hot the better. And Im agree with Mr. Carlos!! If you did not like - DON'T come back that's it!! - negative people like you don't deserve to be in Mexico nor in Toronto, next time you better go to enjoy a Big Mac in Mc Donalds ok! - MY FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT IS STILL KING'S TACOS EVEN AFTER YOUR COMMENT AND IM 100% SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK LIKE ME AND IF YOU DON't BELIEVE PASS BY AND CHECK!! THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS BUSY. Good luck AMIGA MEXA WANNA BE!! :)
Lubin / October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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I haven't been to the place yet, but my mom brought me back food from the time she went and it was incredibly good. I'd like to say that I'm Mexican and they're food is pretty damn authentic. It's almost impossible to find the kind of tacos you find on every street in Mexico, here in Toronto, but King's Tacos brought me back home for sure. Their salsas are sooo good.
Not spicy at all, like someone was saying earlier, at least in my opinion and I tried all of them.
I had their version of what I'm assuming is Queso Fundido with Chorizo and it was so damn tasty. I can't wait to pay a visit myself!
Fam. Mayoral replying to a comment from Coolusername / October 6, 2012 at 09:53 am
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I just wanted to reply to this "coolusername" for si long but I didn't have the time before.
We discovered Kings tacos a couple (or 3 months ago) and after the first time we just can't stop going there! We go AT LEAST once a week because this is THE FIRST AND ONLY REAL MEXICAN RESTARANT in Toronto, I used to go to "El Jacal" which was very good but unfortunately they closed. Just wanted to let you know that I REALLY AM MEXICAN and we decided to try the enchiladas just to check how bad and spicy they were and let me tell you something, even my 4 years old had a plate without even saying they were spicy! And we ordered both, my oldest daughter (who is only 8 years old)ordered the green enchiladas (supposedly the spiciest ones) and my youngest daughter (who is 4 years old) had the red ones and the weren't even a little spicy so, a few thing for you "coolusername":
1. YOU ARE NOT MEXICAN so don't preten to be just to make a bad reputation to the best and ONLY real Mexican food restaurant. If you really are Mexican (which I don't think is the case) you are THE PUSSIEST Mexican I've ever heard of; those enchiladas are not even a little spicy so don't cry like a baby!
2. You probably own one of the other "Mexican restaurants" that is losing clients because of "kings tacos" and your comment was just because you are jelous. If that's the case, you should try being like them; having the prices they have, the taste they have and the service they have (oh ad stop charging for extra tortillas or limes)
3. One more proof that you are a pussy: the name you used to comment is coolusername! Come on! Why don't you use your real name? That is so pusssy!
So, people, KINGS TACOS is THE BEST and ONLY REAL MEXICAN FOOD restaurant we have so far in Toronto so, if you haven't checked it out, come give it a try! Don't let a comment from someone else tell you whether it's good or not, COME TRY IT YOURSELF!!!!
And I recall, I AM MEXICAN AND I GO AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK WITH ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS because this restaurant is REALLY MEXICAN, TASTY AND THE SERVICE IS GREAT!!!
Joshua and Reema / October 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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This is a MUST GO PLACE love it!
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