Boston’s Mexican food scene is no joke; full of flavorful and authentic cuisine. With National Taco Day (October 4) around the corner, we’ve made deciding where to dig in all that easier. Check out these six local restaurants and their must-try dish.
Your taste buds will thank you for trying Loco’s Carne Asada Taco. Made with house-prepared tortillas, green mole, flank steak, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and avocado, this dish packs a flavorful punch, combining spice with a little bit of tang. Perfectly pair it with one of Loco’s many delicious margs. 412 W Broadway, 617-917-LOCO
If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, head to Scorpion Bar Mexican Cantina, now at Patriot Place and Foxwoods, with a Seaport location coming later this fall. Their ‘Hot’ Barbacoa Tacos feature slow cooked pork, chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, and scorching sliced jalapeños and chipotle BBQ, served up in a toasted flour shell. In honor of National Taco Day, the bar is also offering three-dollar house tacos. And you can wash it all down with a cocktail featuring one of Scorpion’s 125 tequila options. 253 Patriot Pl., Foxborough, 617-274-1745
Fish tacos are so overplayed, instead this Southie eatery serves up a delicious plate of Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos; pairing coconut fried shrimp with a refreshing cucumber slaw, avocado lime puree, sweet chili aioli, and pickled onions. 425 W Broadway, 617-765-8636
Naco is elevating the taco game with this sweet and savory Duck Confit Taco. The delectable dish is made with fresh tortillas ground and pressed in-house, tangy duck, sweet potato sticks, cilantro, and saccharine pomegranate molasses. Pass on the typical tequila and quench your thirst with one of Naco’s mezcal concoctions. 297 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1548
Order a pitcher of house-made sangria—a blend of red or white wine, Cointreau, peach liqueur, fresh fruit and juices—and dig into Besito’s Pollo Iron Skillet Tacos. The marinated grilled chicken breast is covered in melted queso Chihuahua, poblano rajas, pico de gallo, avocado salsa verde cruda. 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-527-1155
If you’re looking for a veggie option, try out Papagayo’s Vegetable Taco filled with chili tempura cauliflower, grilled scallions, pickled red onions, Julienne cucumber, and served up in a flour tortilla, with a side of black beans. 15 West St., 617-423-3600