Sombreros Taqueria opened a few months ago, and let us tell you, this place is a total hidden gem – and so are their deals.
Inconspicuously tucked into the main floor level of an apartment building on the corner of Howe and Drake, the eatery makes their authentic Mexican tacos in house – including the shells (made in-house via the Lenin tortilla-maker) – and they sell a plethora of hard-to-find Mexican products and goodies too.
Opened by Benedict Gillingham-Sutton and Maria Cuevas, Maria is a native of Mexico and wanted to give Vancouverites a place to find all the things she missed most about home.
The menu is small – we’re talking six tacos small – but it’s also pretty mighty, and so are the prices.
Yes, you can get four stellar tacos for just $10 – this includes your choice of Carnitas (pulled pork, pickled onion), Tinga (chicken, chipotle, tomato sauce), Mole (chicken, chocolate mole sauce), Pastor (pork marinated in chilis, pineapple), Asada (marinated beef), and the vegetarian option – Rajas & Champiñones (pepper, mushroom, cream).
Aside from the tacos, the eatery offers authentic hot sauces and salsa (labelled according to heat-level) along with traditional Mexican sodas such as Squirt, Jarritos, Sidreal, and Mexican Coca-Cola to name a few.
On the retail side of the space, there’s a selection of snacks, hot sauces, bagged tortillas, and Mexican candy the Cuevas bring in from a provider in Metro Vancouver.
These offerings include best-sellers like Queso-flavoured Ruffles – we’ll take three bags, please.
Formerly a dark and cramped cafe, Sombreros is a bright and airy spot to grab some grub if you’re in the downtown/Yaletown area.
The food and the atmosphere ooze flavour and charm that will soon have you becoming a regular at Sombreros – we promise.
Sombreros is open Monday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday from from 11 am to 5 pm.
Address: 1290 Howe Street, Vancouver