Authentic Mexican food can be hard to find, so we’ve gathered together our list of great taco spots in Toronto for the next time you are craving some savory, crunchy, or spicy tacos. Read on for our list of suggested places to help you find your next favorite taco spot.
El Trompo Taco Bar and Cactus Grill are proud to be regarded as the first taqueria in Toronto. You can find them in the heart of Kensington Market in downtown Toronto. Their authentic Mexican tacos and decor will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Mexico itself. Their tacos come five to an order, so come hungry.
Their handmade tortillas are soft and chewy, just like you’d expect. As an appetizer, we suggest the signature guacamole, an avocado-based dip seasoned with chopped jalapeno, tomato, and onion, that comes with crunchy corn chips for dipping. Move on to a cheesy quesadilla made with a corn or flour tortilla and filled with anything from mushrooms to chorizo, a traditional Mexican sausage mixed with chile. Next, try their specialty: tacos al pastor. They fill these tacos with pork meat marinated to perfection in a savory red chile sauce, garnished with fresh pineapple, cilantro, and chopped onion for a balanced flavor.
Finish off your meal by treating yourself to one of their sweet postres, or dessert. A favorite is the flan, a custard served chilled and topped with a sticky, sweet layer of caramel. It’s the perfect complement and smooth finish to a spicy meal.
Grand Electric in Parkdale is one of the hippest spots on our list. If you are even slightly taco-obsessed, this inviting restaurant is a must. Their varied menu has something to please most any palate and offers both gluten-free and vegan options. They can accommodate large parties up to ten inside, and up to 14 on their patio. Open every day except Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, Grand Electric is the perfect option when you want to sink your teeth into a Baja fish taco or a cauliflower taco.
They also offer quesadillas and spicy squid for the adventurous crowd. If you are the do-it-yourself kind, there’s an enticing Margarita Kit that is sure to keep your attention and help you wet your whistle.
Good Hombres is an establishment that has gone the extra mile to deliver authentic flavors to their customers. They make tortillas from scratch with the freshest ingredients, using corn imported from Mexico. The process begins the night before when they soaked the corn to plump it and prepare for cooking the next day with cal or calcium hydroxide. After being cooked with the alkaline product, the corn is stone-ground using a special mill, pressed flat, cut into circles, and cooked using hot air. This process, used in many traditional tortillerias in Mexico, produces a soft texture and rich flavor.
At $3.75, the tacos are a steal. It is a small establishment that has a capacity of nine, so you won’t be able to eat with a crowd. And if you like to wash your tacos down with a beer, take them home, because Good Hombres doesn’t have a liquor license. However, if you want to wash down your tacos de pescado (fish) with some aguas frescas, look no further. Their agua de jamaica, or hibiscus tea, is perfect for enjoying out on their patio with your tacos. Before you leave, buy fresh tortillas to take home, at about $5 a dozen, or fresh masa, dough, to make your own authentic tortillas at home if you’re brave enough. They offer both takeout and delivery and are closed on Mondays.
Milagro Cantinas is a traditional Mexican eatery that has two locations ready to serve you. Their authentic and warm decor creates the perfect dining experience. They accept reservations, have a takeout and delivery option, and are available to cater your event as well. Established by two brothers from Mexico City over 15 years ago, they have a reputation for using quality ingredients that honor all parts of Mexico. The genuine milagro, or miracle of the restaurant, however, is their extensive drink menu. They have options that pair well with anything on the menu, and you can even order an authentic Mexican pop for the kids.
There are simple vegan options available on the menu, such as chips and salsa or guacamole dip and chips. As an entrée, vegetarians can select the tacos de hongos con nopales, which are carefully seasoned fresh cactus and mushrooms on corn tortillas. For the carnivores, they have everything from tacos adobabos, which is seared ribeye, to slow roasted lamb barbacoa tacos. There are also enchiladas in mole, tortillas rolled in a spicy chocolate chile sauce, filled with your choice of meat. Treat your family to churros with cajeta. They are fried pastry sticks rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture and filled with warm Mexican caramel.
Toronto has a slew of wonderful Mexican eateries that offer any type of taco your stomach and taste buds can dream up. Whether you are looking for a gluten-free option, a vegan option, or want to chow on some traditional beef or pork tacos, the GTA and our local eateries are happy to help. If you’re eating out while planning your next move, contact us at High Level Movers. We can share our moving expertise with you and help you get your things packed, whether you are moving across the street, across town, or even farther. Let us know what you think of our list and if we missed one of your favorite spots. We’ll be happy to add it to our list!
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