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    Editor's Note: This story is unlocked for everyone to read courtesy of the CRVA, our partner in nourishing culinary exploration for residents and visitors of the Queen City.

    July 16, 2021

    The city’s most underrated tacos

    11 taco spots — both authentic and Americanized — share the tacos they wish more diners ordered

    Beef, chorizo, and shrimp tacos are typically what comes to mind first when thinking of tacos. What tacos are we passing over in favor of the classics? We asked servers, chefs, and owners of 10 local Mexican restaurants to share the tacos they wish diners wouldn’t overlook.


    Cabo Fish Taco, NoDa
    Most underrated taco: Honey-soy glazed salmon tacos
    What’s in it: Grilled salmon tossed in honey-soy glaze with mixed greens, guacamole, tomatoes, cheese, and honey wasabi sauce

    Chilito Tacos, Pop-up
    Most underrated taco: Barbacoa tacos
    What’s in it: Slow cooked shredded beef, egg, bean, potato, and cheese

    El Valle Mexican Restaurant, Mattthews
    Most underrated taco: Taco Grande
    What’s in it: A large flour tortilla, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese sauce served with Mexican rice

    Hot Taco, South End
    Most underrated taco: Pizza taco
    What’s in it: A flour tortilla with pepperoni, mozzarella, and marinara sauce

    Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, SouthPark
    Most underrated taco: Tanked Up Taco
    What’s in it: Masa and beer-battered mahi, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle ranch, and Cholula

    RuRu’s Taco & Tequila, Myers Park
    Most underrated taco: Fat Guy in a Little Coat
    What’s in it: Cilantro-marinated skirt steak, lettuce, queso fresco, cilantro, and avocado aioli

    Sabor Latin Street Grill, multiple locations
    Most underrated taco: Chimi shrimp
    What’s in it: A flour tortilla filled with grilled shrimp, lettuce, tomato, cotija cheese, cilantro, and chimichurri

    SouthBound, South End
    Most underrated taco: Smoked carne asada taco
    What’s in it: Sirloin marinated with achiote paste, garlic and spices that’s char-grilled, then sliced and finished in the smoker with hickory wood, served in a tortilla with chipotle crema, diced onions, and chopped cilantro.

    Taqueria Los Altos, Sardis Woods
    Most underrated taco: Birria tacos
    What’s in it: Braised beef, cilantro, lime, and onion in a flour tortilla

    Three Amigos, Plaza Midwood
    Most underrated taco: Tacos al pastor
    What’s in it: 24-hour marinated pork in a guajillo chile and onion sauce with grilled pineapple

    Taco Mama, Dilworth
    Most underrated taco: Alabama redneck
    What’s in it: Roasted pulled pork, ancho chili slaw, pickles, and Mama’s chipotle barbecue sauce

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