It’s no secret that tacos are celebrated and adored by the masses. There’s just something about the combination of soft tortilla, seasoned meat, and fresh, flavourful veggies that always seems to hit the spot.
Here are five places to get your taco fix in Calgary.
This 17 Avenue staple is a Calgary favourite for tacos. Once your server has hand-mixed the guacamole at your table, you can order from its comprehensive taco menu, offering one, three, or six at a time. Grab a jug of cucumber cilantro margarita – yes, a jug – or any of the other eight flavours they offer and choose from nine varieties of tacos.
Address: 2116 4 Street SW
Aside from its killer elotes (Mexican grilled corn on the cob), Native Tongues offers tacos de guisado and taco al carbon – tacos that are grilled over charcoal and served Mercado or ‘family style’ that take 30 minutes to cook. You can pick from traditional and exotic fillings such as slow roasted lamb neck, grilled beef tongue, and grilled octopus (for tacos al carbon). With a comfortable atmosphere and next-level cocktails, Native Tongues is a one-stop taco shop you should definitely get to.
Address: 235 12 Avenue SW
Salt & Pepper serves up its classic tacos with all the traditional favourites like Mexican rice and beans. Try the “Taco Platter” or “Tacos Tacos Tacos” and choose from beef, chicken, or chorizo filling. The chance of you leaving this place with any room in your stomach is slim to none – you definitely get your money’s worth.
Address: Inglewood location – 1413 9th Avenue SE
Address: Bowness location – 6515 Bowness Road NW
Because of its uber-comfortable seating and casual atmosphere, Blanco is the perfect place for taco and margarita-fuelled shenanigans. Choose from beef brisket, ground beef, pulled chicken, and chopped pork fillings served with salsa rojo and drizzled with sour cream and salsa fresca upon request. Tip: if you head to Blanco from 3 to 5pm you can get half-priced tacos every single day.
Address: 723 17 Avenue SW
This authentic Mexican eatery has a wide selection of tequila, sangrita, and of course, tacos. With a calamari, veggie, beef, and even a Stampede taco (beef strips grilled with cheese, caramelized onions, mango-chipotle sauce and salsa), there’s something for everyone at this venue. We recommend combining a shot of “Sparkle Donkey” with the slow-cooked pork Cochinita tacos – it’ll change your life.
Address: 1309 17 Avenue SW