If you’re looking for a taco in New Jersey, you never need to go far – odds are that you’re just moments from a Taco Bell. The popular fast food chain does have an interesting selection and some pretty delicious drinks, but sometimes you want… more. If you’re looking to switch things up and try something new, check out one of these great taco spots in the Garden State.
1. 10th Ave Burrito, Belmar
The atmosphere is amazing and the tacos are even better. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, there are a variety of options to choose from, including a vegetarian-friendly tofu taco. Try the steak & cheese or grilled mahi! Don't miss the taco Tuesday deal - $12 for as many tacos as you can eat.
2. La Esperanza, Lindenwold
Enjoy chicken, steak, pork, veggie and beef tacos. Be sure to try the taco arabe - grilled pork in chipotle sauce served in pita bread. The burritos here are equally amazing; guests rave about the massive Fat Alex.
3. Munchy's, Little Falls
A burger joint with some spectacular breakfast platters, tacos are an almost unexpected addition to the menu. Popular among locals and nearby college kids, this is a great spot to get your taco fix. If your friends aren't taco fans, you can still bring them along - they've got a bit of everything here.
4. MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, Asbury Park
A reader favorite, these tacos are anything but average. You'll find soy-ginger marinated chicken tacos and Korean BBQ beef along with the option to add kimchi to anything.
5. Pop's Garage, Asbury Park/Shrewsbury
This Mexican cantina serves up spectacular homemade tacos, 2 for $6 (or $7, with shrimp). They've also got some of the best grilled corn in the Garden State. The Asbury Park location is open summers only.
6. El Matador, Bloomfield
All entrees at this budget friendly BYOB spot are priced under $15, and you can easily eat like a king or queen for under $10. Dine in or take out your pick of nearly a dozen different tacos. Choose from a selection of steak tacos, vegetarian options and even a fun spicy pork with pineapple flavor (tacos al pastor).
7. Rosalita's, Englishtown
Enjoy flavorful Mexican favorites in a fun, festive location. They've got a great selection of margaritas and the famous 5 pound Kitchen Sink burrito. Visit on Tuesdays for all you can eat tacos, just $10.52 or enjoy live music on Saturdays.
8. Pancho's, Atlantic City
This casual off the boardwalk eatery serves up top-rated tacos stuffed with all your favorite toppings. The menu isn't massive, but the pork tacos can't be missed.
9. Orale, Jersey City
The atmosphere is amazing and the tacos are even better. Choose from a unique selection that includes smoked sword fish. Admire the artwork and try one of their tasty tequila options while you're there. Don't miss the Mexican-style brunch, either.
10. The Taco Truck, Hoboken/Princeton/Morristown
With both brick and mortar buildings and a mobile location, this hip eatery is all about the tacos. While they do offer burritos, tortas and several other options, the tacos reign supreme. Get a side of guacamole, and some churros for dessert.
11. Dia De Los Burritos, Pitman
This funky eatery has dozens of rave reviews, and for good reason... The tacos are out of this world! Try mouthwatering flavors like Bacon Chipotle Ranch and Honey Ginger Sriracha. If you're feeling adventurous, head here for a meal you won't forget.
12. Taco of the Town, Sussex
This Sussex spot offers spectacular deals on taco Tuesdays along with creative specials like the spicy pork tenderloin tacos with apple and pear salsa, pictured.