1.Veracruz All Natural (Austin, TX) can be found in *five* Austin locations and costs less than your morning coffee to grab one of their famous tacos (they have both breakfast and lunch tacos!). There's something for everyone: vegans, pescatarians, meat-lovers, or just really hungry lunch-goers.
2.Tacoholics (El Paso, TX) is a local favorite, thanks to their super fresh (and cheap!) menu. We're talking $6 chicharrones, $8 burritos, and a $2.50 calabacitas squash sautée. Should you use their catering service to eat 20 tacos, just because? I won't say you *no*...
3.Cesar’s Empanadas (Brooklyn, NY) satisfies your cravings with generously stuffed burritos, tacos, and empanadas for an average of (drumroll, please) $4. If you're not having these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you should really reconsider your life choices.
4.Tex's Tacos (Atlanta, GA) describes itself as a "fully-equipped restaurant on wheels" — and it's clear why. Pulled pork BBQ with honey-lime garden slaw tacos, ~lime fries~, and citrus-splashed skirt steak tacos are just some of their drool-worthy options.
5.La Cocinita Food Truck (Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA) serves different locations every day and are always in demand for catering bookings — probably because their arepas, braised pork, and guasacaca (Venezuelan guacamole) DEMANDS recognition. Seconds are not required, but assumed.
6.Ultimo Taco Truck (Houston, TX) focuses on creating delicious, authentic tacos — and they succeed. Perfectly cooked tortillas, juicy meat including chorizo, cabeza, and barbacoa, plus *just* the right amount of cotija cheese and cilantro make their $2 (!!!) tacos a must-have. Every day. For the rest of your life.
7.Ay Bendito Con Sabor A Puerto Rico (Miami, FL) cooks traditional Puerto Rican meals that they hope remind you of your grandmother's dishes — and based on the glowing Yelp reviews, they DO. Savory alcapurrias (meat-filled, fried fritters), tostones rellenos (stuffed fried plantains), and mofongo con camarones (shrimp and plantains) are just some of their many options.
8.Dos Hermanos (Philadelphia, PA) has become a destination spot for amazing Mexican food, courtesy of their traditional spices and fresh ingredients. It's owned by two brothers, whose passion for bringing their heritage to Philly is clear in their simple yet flavorful tacos (pineapple-marinated pork, anyone?).
9.Tacos Al Carbon (Las Vegas, NV) boasts generously sized ~super tacos~ to fill your belly for cheap. $4.99 for a *thicc* burrito that you can order with your choice of meat and beans (including beef tongue)? YES. PLEASE.
10.Los Dos Amigos (Detroit, MI) has earned *several* reviews that praise their $2 quesadillas (or you can go for their $1 tacos). You'll get more than bang for your buck — they're generously stuffed with super flavorful meat, cheese, avocado, and spicy pickled onions. Sure, they have a kick to 'em. But it can all be washed down with their horchata.
11.Llalla's Empanadas (San Antonio, TX) uses their family recipes to perfect the art of empanadas: a perfectly fried dough on the outside, and savory mix of meat and spices on the inside. Did I mention they're $4? Or! Try their ~dessert~ empanadas with caramel and apple for $5.
12.El Mambo (Orlando, FL) serves crowd-pleasing, absolutely delicious Cuban meals, like the fan-favorite Mambo sandwich with perfectly roasted chicken and garlic aioli. That with a side of congris and plantins = zero possibilities your plate won't be licked clean.
13.Kikos Seafood Lunch Truck (San Diego, CA) makes the ocean wonder if it has competition for fresher seafood. Best known for its fish tacos, ceviches, and shrimp cocktails, this place will feel so much more expensive than the average $10 you'll spend. Oyster happy hour "deals"...explain yourselves.
14.North East of the Border (Boston, MA) serves tacos perfected by executive chef, Gustavo Lecanda, who trained in Mexico City before moving to Boston to introduce the city to authentic Mexican cuisine. Each taco recipe is simple but powerful, like the slow-roasted barbacoa taco with marinated brisket, cilantro, and onions on a crisp corn tortilla. You're either drooling or lying.
15.La Frontera (Phoenix, AZ) has reviews that almost all say the same thing: best Mexican food in Arizona. Besides their popular carne asada tacos and huge burritos, the sonoran hot dog is filled to the b-r-i-m with loads of flavor and is WELL worth the $4.50.
16.Sanguchón (San Francisco, CA) serves hearty sandwiches and wraps that are generously stuffed with Peruvian ingredients. Stir-fried strip sirloin, free-range chicken, and pulled pork BBQ will MORE than satisfy your belly — and you're lying if you say you don't want their fried plantains with chicha sauce on the side.
17.Los Viajeros Food Truck (NYC, New York) was created by two foodies and self-taught chefs who have already won awards for their flavorful dishes inspired by Dominican, Cuban, and Mexican traditions. Their best-seller: the "El Jefe burrito" with ropa vieja (cuban-style steak), sweet plantains, montery jack cheese, jalapenos, and chipotle aioli. My stomach is RUMBLING.
18.Rollin' Fatties (New Orleans, LA) is especially popular among Tulane students, and not just because of their ginormous burritos. The ingredients are as fresh as they get, the guacamole is top-notch, and every single topping is absolutely bursting with flavor (reviewers also highly recommend their nachos!). My computer is in danger of breaking from how much I'm drooling.
19.El Chato Taco Truck (Los Angeles, CA) was rated the #1 taco truck by L.A. Weekly *and* the thousands of Yelp reviewers who swear by this delicious late-night spot. The ingredients are known for being flavorful and fresh, like their carne asada, caramelized onions, and fresh avocado that you can add for 🚨25 cents🚨.
20.Taco Bus (Albuquerque, New Mexico) serves while you sit (wait for it) on the bus! Besides the unique ~dining experience~, the tacos do NOT disappoint with their super fresh salsa and perfectly-cooked meat. Feeling adventurous? Try their taco burger.
21.Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine (Portland, OR) combines the comfort of Mexican home-cooked meals with dishes meant to i-n-h-a-l-e. Come for savory tlayuda, filling entomatadas, and amazingly generous burritos.
22.Tacos El Chilango (Arlington, VA) can always be found with a loyal line of people waiting for their share of delectable, fresh tacos. The portions are generous, the meat oh-so-perfectly cooked, and their salsa selection adds a welcome KICK. Basically, your lunch breaks should exclusively be taken here.
23.5Points Tacos (Nashville, TN) is considered a must-have by locals who go back again (and again) for the superb breakfast tacos, tamales, huge tortas, and MORE. And, of course, the traditional tacos always hit the spot with perfectly cooked tortillas, flavorful meat like tongue, shrimp, and pork, and their spicy green sauce.
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