20+ places all taco lovers must try in Raleigh

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Asked: Can the RALtoday team share a conversation about tacos without loading it up with puns? 

Answered: No way, José.

In queso you didn’t know, tacos are one of our team’s favorite dishes. We asked our readers to spill the beans on where to find the best tacos in town and wanted to share your responses.

Beanough is beanough with the cheesy puns — let’s taco bout some tacos, shall we?

🌮 Los Cuates | 4524 Old Wake Forest Rd. | $2.50-$2.99 per taco

#ProTip: Reader MacKenzie S. says that while Los Cuates is a smaller place, they have great salsa + prices. The tacos (which you can order a la cart) and tostadas are her favorite.

🌮 Gym Tacos | 220 E Six Forks Rd. | $2.50 per taco

#ProTip: Their homemade sauces are bomb. The peanut salsa may sound weird but tastes delicious.

🌮 Dos Taquitos | 6101 Glenwood Ave. | $12-$18 per combo

#ProTip: If you’re dining in, make sure to check out all the unique decorations throughout the restaurant. Also (depending on where you’re seated), chips + salsa will be served via conveyer belt.

🌮 13 Taco and Taps | 10511 Shadowlawn Dr. | $14-$16 per combo

#ProTip: Four words — chicken and waffle tacos.

🌮 Chuy’s | 4020 Market at North Hills St. | $8.69-$10.49 per combo

#ProTip: Chuy’s nacho bar is free during the weekdays from 4-7. Reader Christine K. and her husband dined at Chuy’s on their first date.

🌮 Chido Taco Mercado Style Taqueria | 2330 Bale St. | $2.75-$3.49 per taco

#ProTip: Get the barbacoa tacos, you won’t regret it.

🌮 Mi Cancun | 1106 Grace Park Dr. | $7.25-$13.50 per combo

#ProTip: (Pre-Covid) A guacamole cart will come by your table and make you fresh guac from hand. 

🌮 bartaco | 4121 Main at North Hills St. | $2.50-$9.50 per taco

#ProTip: Gluten-free friends, rejoice — all of bartaco’s tortillas (used in tacos + chips) are made with corn, which is always GF.

🌮 Chubby’s Taco | 2444 Wycliff Rd. | $1.99-$4.99 per taco

#ProTip: Reader Emily C. is making smart moves — drizzle a little queso on the taco before you take a bite. 

🌮 Esmeralda Grill | 748 E Chatham St. | $2.25-$2.95 per taco

#ProTip: Check out their lunch specials for combos as low as $4.99.

🌮 Gringo A Go Go | 100 N Person St. | $3.25 per combo

#ProTip: Reader Taylor F. wants you to know they also have homemade corn tortillas and the friendliest staff.

🌮 Centro | 106 S Wilmington St. | $10-$12 per combo

#ProTip: Not only are their tacos delicious but their cocktails are out of this world. 

🌮 The Original Flying Burrito | 4800 Grove Barton Rd. | $4-$6.50 per taco

#ProTip: Each week, they have new kitchen + drink specials — check out this week’s here.

🌮 Gonza Tacos y Tequila | 2100 Hillsborough St. + 7713 Lead Mine Rd.| $10-$13 per combo

#ProTip: Reader Emily C. has found the ultimate combo — Gonza’s carne tacos + a spicy pepino margarita.

🌮 Taqueria El Toro | 3601 Junction Blvd. | $1.69-$2.39 per taco

#ProTip: Don’t let a crowd deter you — they are popular but they are very fast.

🌮 La Santa | 222 Glenwood Ave. | $12-$16 per combo

#ProTip: They have vegan tacos. 

🌮 Tazza Kitchen | 432 Woodburn Rd. | $9.50-$12.50 per combo

#ProTip: Ask for a seat by the big windows for a nice breeze.

🌮 Salt & Lime | 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd. | $13.80-$17.25 per combo

#ProTip: Reader Richard B. wants you to know they also have great queso. Add chorizo to it to make it even better.

🌮 Poblanos Food Truck | Various | $10 per tray

#ProTip: Poblanos is always on the move. You can find the food truck’s location here.

🌮 El Rodeo | 329 S Blount St. | $5-$7.25 per combo

#ProTip: El Rodeo’s portions are big and are sure to fill you up fast.

🌮 Wicked Taco | 411 W Morgan St. | $3.97-$4.97 per taco

#ProTip: You’ll find Wicked Taco inside Morgan Street Food Hall.

🌮 Coco Bongo | 2400 Hillsborough St. | $11.50-$13.75 per combo

#ProTip: Taco Tuesday means $.99 tacos.

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