The Best Tacos in Toronto
The best tacos in Toronto are easy to take for granted. Tacos are cheap, delicious and seemingly everywhere these days — although many will remember this was not always the case. Once an underrepresented genre, Mexican and So-Cal street food has only recently caught on in Toronto. My own first taco experience was almost certainly out of an Old El Paso box or perhaps at a Chi Chi's. Anyone else remember that abomination?
Fortunately, an influx of new taquerias have bettered Toronto's taco landscape forever, and connoisseurs of mouthwatering carnitas, al pastors and lengua have much to enjoy.
Here is where to find the best tacos in Toronto.
Now with a space on Kensington Avenue to call their own, Seven Lives is a true destination restaurant for some of the best tacos this side of San Diego. The blackened mahi mahi and the Gobinator, a smoked marlin and shrimp filled corn tortilla might be their forte, but the pork belly and carne asada are equally good. Single tacos are sold for $3-5 each. More »
The chalkboard menu at this Parkdale taco and bourbon bar boasts an assortment of excellent $3 regulars and daily specials like beef cheek and pork belly al pastor served atop soft tortillas. Better still is the Guu Izakaya-inspired spicy squid ($9), piled super high and stained neon orange with hot sauce. Line-ups are a given. More »
Once a pop-up and Toronto Underground Market original, La Carnita in Little Italy serves up Mexican street foods like queso-covered corn on the cob and churros along with outstanding $5 tacos. The fried cod slathered with signature Voltron sauce and lime crema is an easy favourite, but more surprising on the gringo-centric menu is the mouthwatering ancho braised beef cheek plated with avocado and green cabbage. More »
This lively Junction cantina makes tacos and tequila its niche and dishes out eight different varieties atop house-made corn tortillas, three at a time ($13-14) like ancho braised short rib or the Oaxacan wrapped chorizo tacos. Hiding on the separate appetizer menu, the Octo-tacos ($10) dressed up with charred jalapeno salsa are excellent as well and keep an eye out for their lobster taco specials. Need a more central spot? Their original restaurant can be found near Dupont and Davenport and a third location is on its way. More »
Named for the Mexican painter, this upscale Eglinton West spot makes tacos their masterpiece. Served three per order ($9-$13), housemade corn tortillas come loaded with supple meats (though pork is atypically absent) like Cabrito (goat) and Texcoco-style braised lamb topped with the requisite chopped onions, coriander and a squirt of lime. If you want high-end Mexican dining (by Toronto standards) at a price point that's still accessible, this is the place. More »
This well worn Koreatown taqueria has been dishing up stellar Central American street foods since 1993, long before Toronto's taco trend peaked. Order soft or crispy tacos ($2.30-$3.30) at the counter then squish in shoulder to shoulder at one of the few picnic tables to tuck into excellent tortillas doubled up and filled with a choice of meat. More »
In addition to the nine varieties of deceptively simple tacos ($8/3 or $11/5) like the sausage and potato filled Chirizo con Papas, the menu at this St. Clair restaurant channels lucha libre (a collection of masks adorn the bar) with killer specialties like a fried chicken taco and pineapple, sausage and queso rendition ($14/5). Casual, fun and decidedly authentic. More »
This recently opened fast casual restaurant on St. Clair West customizes housemade tortillas to order at the counter full of fresh toppings. Soft or crisp tortillas are filled with a choice of stewed meats and served 3 per order for about $9 (plus $3 for baja style seafood). Top them off yourself at the self serve salsa bar with seven varieties of hot sauce. More »
On the fringes of Koreatown across from Christie Pits, this new Mexican outpost serves up solid if unspectacular tacos for $2.90 apiece. Choose from a wide range of options including fish, shrimp, chipotle pork or chicken mole and then douse them in red or green chili sauce before taking a nap in the park. More »