Everyone loves a good taco! But when you close your eyes and picture a perfect taco, what do you see? Is it a hard-shell taco, bursting with spiced ground beef? A soft shell wonder oozing with spiced pork and salsa? Or something a little more… unique?
1. Tin Roof Tacos, Boise
There are some seriously delicious things happening at this local favorite, but out of this world breakfast tacos are one of them. Forget run-of-the-mill burritos!
Address: 115 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83702
2. Funky Taco, Boise
Creative would be an understatement for this out-of-the-box beauty. Off-kilter tacos and other global fare will blow your taste buds right off your tongue, with visually stunning presentation that rivals major restaurants, and all the local, fresh ingredients you could ask for. Try the Funky Breakfast Benny Taco, or the Chicken Tikka Taco!
3. Barbacoa, Boise
Itty-bitty Latin fusion tacos, served on a hot brick that adds plenty of heat to an already delicious dish. Your choice of shrimp, carnitas, barbacoa, chicken tinga, carne asada, blackened calamari, duck, or blackened fish. How's that for tempting?
Address: 276 Bobwhite Ct. Boise, ID 83706
4. Bardenay, Eagle
This Idaho chain might be an unexpected place to grab a taco, but you'll love the creative fusion creations they rock on a regular basis! For something a little different, try the Fusion Pork Tacos:
braised Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork shoulder on with white corn tortillas, smothered with a black bean spread, arugula, and a harissa-red pepper jam. Or, for something slightly more traditional, the Kobe Beef Tacos, which have all the salsa and cheese goodness you could hope for.
Address: 155 E Riverside Dr. Eagle, ID 83616
5. 36th Bistro, Boise
This heavenly and fresh hidden gem serves a number of rotating tacos with creative flair, but spring always welcomes back their ever-delicious Salmon Tacos, which come drizzled in a tangy tequila-lime sour cream.
Address: 3823 N. Garden Center Way
6. Taco Cecey, Lewiston
For the most authentic south-of-the-border tacos of your life, Taco Cecey is hard to beat. This humble gem on Main Street may not look like a five-star restaurant, but you're guaranteed a swoon-worthy meal here, prepared by Cecey herself. Mexican fare has never had so much love put into it!
Address: 1350 Main St. Lewiston, ID 83501
7. Tacos Reynoso, Coeur d'Alene
Delicious homemade street tacos, gringo tacos, Walla Walla tacos, and… potato tacos? Need I say more? This is Idaho, after all! You'll love this hard to find Mexican gem in its new location.
Address: 1501 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
8. Joel's Mexican Restaurant, Sandpoint
Arguably the best Mexican in the state and the recipient of numerous awards, with a line that goes out the door regularly, it's hard to deny that Joel's is a fantabulous Idaho eatery with a knack for churning out authentic, freshly made, and delicious south of the border favorites. It's impossible to go wrong, here! Blackened shrimp, blackened chicken, But if you don't believe me, maybe the perfect 5-star reviews labeling Joel's fish tacos to what can only be described as the Olympic gold medalist of gastrointestinal ecstasy will convince you. Even the tofu tacos are divine.
Address: 229 Church St. Sandpoint, ID 83864
9. Junkyard Bistro, Salmon
The Junkyard Bistro has made a name for itself serving an eclectic menu that is surprisingly creative, authentic, and ever-changing. With every Tuesday being Taco Tuesday, you can enjoy delightful tortilla selections that range from Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa to Honey Sriracha Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.
Address: 405 Main St. Salmon, Idaho
10. Provisions, Driggs
While Provisions has earned its reputation primarily for tasty, hearty breakfasts, lunches here are just as phenomenal. Juan's Fish Tacos - served with Mahi Mahi in a chipotle-spice seasoning with a cabbage salsa (or french fried onions) makes for a tasty, crunchy treat. That being said, don't miss their breakfast tacos either!
Address: 95 S Main St, Driggs, ID 83422
11. Royal Wolf, Driggs
While out of this world Ahi or "Wolf" Tacos aren't the only delicious - and surprisingly creative - thing you'll find on the menu at this neighborhood gem, they're a definite must-try. Flavorful soft shells filled with cubes of caramelized pork belly, marinated red jalapenos, and matchstick cut jicima drizzled with a tasty sauce....it'll have just enough heat to make it interesting, but not too spicy.
Address: 63 Depot Rd. Driggs, ID 83420
12. Morenitas, Idaho Falls
Morenita's has been around for years, but has gained quite a reputation recently as a hidden gem. Part bakery and part restaurant, flavorful meats and balanced spiciness make the tacos here an absolute win. Grab a pastry to go.
Address: 450 Whittier St. Idaho Falls, ID 83401
13. Despo's, Ketchum
Despo's is something truly special in Idaho - eco-friendly, fresh, locally-sourced, and health-conscious, every dish is absolutely mouthwatering, but tacos are taken to a whole new level with meat fillings that are sustainably-sourced as well: wild-caught, rather than farmed, fish included. Flavorful and filling, be sure to try some of Despo's world-famous salsa on the side for the perfect taco experience!
Address: 211 4th St E. Ketchum, ID 83340
14. Tacos Tepito, Rexburg
Because the best tacos come from taco buses, this local gem lets you enjoy their delicious tacos inside the bus if you so choose, complete with bar stools and window views. Tacos here are large, full of flavor, and not at all greasy.
310 N 2nd E. Rexburg, ID 83440
Whether you’re a Mexican cuisine aficionado, or just a lover of American fare with a hankering for tortillas, this trail offers something for you. Of course, this is a lengthy journey! Feel free to break it down by region to make it more doable in a weekend.