Tacos are life! I saw that on a shirt a while back and couldn’t agree more. Aren’t tacos the best? I mean, we have traditional street tacos, jazzed up and fancy tacos, fish tacos … the list goes on and on. And, I’ll happily devour the tortilla-wrapped goodness from many local establishments that are doing great things with the beloved taco.
Cilantro and lime, please
If you’re in the mood for some delicious classic tacos, then you’ve come to the right place! In South Lake Tahoe, Verde Mexican Rotisserie has the street taco on fleek (which means extremely good, attractive or stylish to the young Millennial). Definitely try a few with house-rotisseried chicken and tri tip. Sombreros Mexican Restaurant also serves authentic south-of-the-border tastes that you just can’t miss. verdemexicanrotisserie.com; sombrerostahoe.com
Reno is dotted with taco-laden delight. With two locations, Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant is a great option for the good stuff. And, if you’ve been to Sin City or nearly any California metropolis, you may recognize Roberto’s Taco Shop. Well, guess who has one now? Tucked right off the downtown exit for I-80, you’ll find this little piece of taco heaven. They have a pickled veggies and salsa bar that is amazing. miguelsmexicanrestaurantreno.com; robertostacoshop.com
In Carson City, swing by The Lady Tamales for a heaping plate of street tacos with all the fixings. Definitely try the salsa verde. It’s what dreams are made of.
Let’s get creative
Looking for something with a little more sass? These days, chefs are having a lot of fun with alternative shells and fillings. Take South Lake’s Chimayó Tacos & Tortas,for instance. Here they have some delicious takes on the typical taco, such as the Mr. Pinchers with cold lobster claw salad in a crispy cheese tortilla topped with Sriracha. And try the senor rueben bursting with corned beef, Swiss cheese, kraut and their special sauce. chimayotahoe.com
Down the mountain in Midtown, as you walk into Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen you’ll hear a resounding, “Bienvenidos!” For the veggie lovers, they have jimaca tacos with the delicious root thinly sliced beneath a pile of sauteed vegetables and cilantro pesto. Definitely order the guacamole here — it is so fresh and just hits the spot. chuysmexicankitchen.com
At Marg’s Taco Bistro in Truckee, you can expect to find taco tastes from around the world on the menu. Enjoy the banh mi Vietnamese taco with slow-roasted pork marinated in the traditional Thai blend of chilies, garlic, sesame oil and green onions, topped with pickled cucumber, carrots, lettuce and spicy mayo. The vindaloo envelops a traditional spicy Indian vindaloo sauce with roasted chicken and rice topped with a cucumber and sour cream sauce. margstacobistro.com
Fry some fish
Now, we can’t have a whole story about tacos and skip the golden-fried goodness that is the fish taco. Tahoe, you’re up. And, the place to go is Cold Water Brewery & Grill! Featuring Alaskan cod, cabbage, chayote salsa, smokey crema and Mexican sweet corn, this traditional fish taco is a must. tahoecoldwaterbrewery.com
With three locations in Reno and Sparks, Great Basin Brewery is churning out some serious taco game (Oh, and their beer washes them down quite nicely.). Their Sonoran-style fish tacos feature house-brewed Wild Horse Ale battered wild Alaskan cod fillets. Looking to go a little less fried? Order the blackened salmon tacos with fresh mango salsa. greatbasinbrewingco.com
No matter your preference, they all fold the same, so grab some tasty tacos and savor every bite!
By: Heidi Bethel