Quick list of 14 must-try tacos in Charlotte

Quick list of 14 must-try tacos in Charlotte
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Tacos. You love them. I love them. So here’s a list of 14 tacos to add to your must-try list.

No, this isn’t a comprehensive list of all great tacos in Charlotte because so many tacos, so little time.

13 must-try tacos in Charlotte

(1) Honey Soy Glazed Salmon Taco – Cabo Fish Taco

Where: 3201 N. Davidson St. (NoDa) or 11611 N. Community House Road (Ballantyne)

Taco: Honey Soy Glazed Salmon Taco – grilled salmon tossed with Honey Soy Glaze, stuffed with mixed greens, guacamole, tomato and mixed cheese, finished with Honey Wasabi Sauce ($12.95 for two + side).


Come Hungry: Cabo’s tacos are overflowing with goodness and will leave you absolutely stuffed.

Fun Fact: Don’t want two of the same specialty tacos? No problem. Feel free to mix or match.

Cabo Fish Taco salmon

(2) Paco’s Taco – Paco’s Tacos & Tequila

Where: 6401 Morrison Blvd. #8A (SouthPark)

Taco: Paco’s Taco – 10-hour slow roasted chili rubbed beef brisket with caramelized onions, queso fresco and chipotle barbecue sauce. Available with or without cabbage. Slightly spicy ($12 for two tacos + rice and beans).

Watch Out: Those chips and salsa are dangerously good, and you very well may fill up before the tacos arrive. Regardless, ask for the green salsa.

Related Agenda guide: 5 best Mexican restaurants in Charlotte

Paco's Tacos Paco Taco

(3) Barbacoa Taco – Taqueria Mexico

Where: 7001 South Blvd. (Starmount)

Taco: Barbacoa de Res y Chivo – barbacoa beef with cilantro and onions ($2 each).

What a Deal: All tacos are served a la carte and priced $2 or less. I’ll be going back soon for the Ecuadorian lunch special for $7.99.

Don’t Judge a Book: The outside of Taqueria Mexico is quite unassuming, but you know better than to let that stop you. The inside is a delight with string lights and colorful decorative furniture.

Taqueria Mexico Barbacoa

(4) Tacos Al Carbon – Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant

Where: 116 E. Woodlawn Road (Yorkmount/Collingwood), 7340 Smith Corners Blvd. (Northlake), 9709 E. Independence Blvd. (Matthews), 1863 W. Franklin Blvd. (Gastonia).

Taco: Tacos Al Carbon – tender beef or skirt steak, flame-broiled, sliced and folded in soft corn tortillas with salsa Mexicana, fresh cilantro and Mexican cheese ($16.50).

Treats for All: Every meal at Azteca ends with a little fried tortilla triangle topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, honey (I think) and strawberry. THE BEST.


margarita at azteca mexican restaurant in charlotte

Must order margarita from Azteca if you’re looking to party

(5) Curtido Fish Taco – Sabor Latin Street Grill

Where: Too many locations to list.

Taco: Curtido Fish Taco – seared tilapia, curtido slaw, tomato and cilantro on a corn tortilla with a lime wedge ($3.75 each).

Taco Tuesday: Get $1 Tacos Autenticos every Tuesday at Sabor (and weekdays from 3 -5 p.m.). Here’s a full list of Charlotte Taco Tuesday deals.

But What is Curtido: It’s a traditional Salvadoran condiment of fermented cabbage relish.


(6) Chicken Taco – Anita’s Mexican Grill

Where: 2904 Yorkmont Road (in a BP gas station parking lot between a dry cleaner and a Subway).

Combo: Order the taco as part of their popular “Speedy Gonzalez Combo” that gets you a taco, enchilada, rice, beans, chips and salsa for around $5.

No plates: All dishes are served inside styrofoam. If you’re dining in, it’s styrofoam with the top cut off.

(7) Tacos de Carne Asada – Three Amigos

Where: 2917 A Central Ave. (Plaza Midwood)

Taco: Tacos de Carne Asada – marinated steak diced and served on corn tortillas (I got flour instead) with onion, cilantro and fresh-squeezed lime ($9.95 for two + side).

Did You Know: Dalton Espaillat owns both Three Amigos and Sabor Latin Street Grill. Quite a powerhouse in then Queen City.

Three Amigos

(8) Carnitas Tacos – 1900 Mexican Grill

Where: 5110 Park Road (SouthPark) or 1523 Elizabeth Ave. (Midtown)

Taco: Carnitas – Michoacan style pork, cilantro, pickled red onion, corn tortilla (I got flour again, SORRY) ($11 for 3 tacos + rice and beans).

Taco Tuesday: Get tacos for $2.50 each (and $6 margaritas) all day every Tuesday at 1900.

Try This Too: They also serve a delicious burrito, which happens to weigh 1.3 pounds.

1900 tacos

(9) Spicy Pork Taco – Taqueria Rosita

Where: 243-285 E. Woodlawn Road (Collingwood – it’s a truck in the parking lot of a Citgo)

Taco: Spicy Pork – served with cilantro and onions I believe they are $2.50 each, as I paid $7.50 for three (no prices on the menu.)

Cash Only: Be prepared! This truck only accepts cash.

Mysterious: This place is basically nonexistent online, but it does have a Google listing and a solid 4.6 star rating.

Taqueria Rosita

(10) Long Duck Dong – RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila

Where: 715 Providence Road (Eastover)

Taco: Long Duck Dong – Korean style sweet and spicy steak, pickled cabbage, sesame seeds, cilantro. ($4.29 each)

Who: Pretty sure this one is named after a character in Sixteen Candles. Have fun dissecting the menu item names! I’m terrible at it.

Make Plans Now: Get $2 select tacos on Tuesdays and half-off tequila on Thursdays.

Agenda related guide: We scientifically weighed 10 different burritos – here’s the #1 heaviest burrito in Charlotte


(11) Asada Taco – Tacos El Nevado

Where: 4715 Central Ave. (Winterfield) or 4640 South Blvd. (Collingwood)

Taco: Asada – grilled steak with cilantro and onions ($2 each).

Major Plus: Tacos are $2 all the time, so every day is Taco Tuesday at Tacos El Nevado.

Tacos El Nevado

(12) Pollo Taco – Fonda Mexicana El Paraiso

Where: 6105 South Blvd. (Starmount)

Taco: Pollo – chicken served with cilantro and onion ($2 each).

Lunch Special: Get three tacos (asada, pollo, chorizo or carnitas) plus rice and beans for just $7.49. Highly recommend. The rice and beans are super good.

You Don’t Have to Go Home: But you can’t stay here. This spot has no tables – just a few chairs so you can sit in one while you wait.


(13) Fish Taco – Bakersfield

Where: 1301 East Blvd. (Dilworth)

Taco: Fish – crispy mahi, Tabasco lime sauce, citrus slaw, cilantro ($4 each).

Presentation on Point: As someone who appreciates a pretty plate, it’s hard not to order a bunch of tacos when they come out looking like this.

Wash It Down With: The Pineapple Margarita (el Jimador Blanco, Licor 43, pineapple, agave nectar, fresh lime) but make it spicy for $1 more.

13 must-try tacos in Charlotte

(14) Pollo Taco – Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant

Where: 5111 Central Ave. (Winterfield)

Taco: Pollo – chicken with cilantro and onions ($2.25 each).

Secret Recipe: They serve pollo asado (flame-grilled chicken) made with a super secret recipe passed down from the owners of the previous tenants. It’s tasty.

Sweet Sip: Don’t forget to order a glass of their house-made horchata.

Santa Fe

[Note: Have other favorite tacos that you think should be added to the list? Drop us a note and your taco review for consideration, charlotte@axios.com]

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