It might not be Tuesday, but most of us are usually craving tacos any day of the week. From plain chicken, lettuce and cheese to extravagant like pulled pork BBQ topped with mac n’ cheese and crispy onion rings; the taco has been elevated from a quick-eat street food to a true art of just what to (and can you) pile on. Looking for the best tacos in North Carolina? It’s hard to pick just one,
which is why we’ve compiled this delicious trail! Taco Trail Tuesday anyone?
1. Tower 7 Baja Grill, Wrightsville Beach
Greeting you just as you cross over the bridge and reach Wrighstville Beach, Tower 7 is more of a restaurant but an establishment. With some of the best fish tacos you'll ever try - this is THE place for an original, fried fish taco that's simply delicious. Don't forget to pair it with one of their famous (and strong) margaritas.
4 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
2. Taqueria El Toro, Raleigh
While plenty of taco establishments have taken on modern aesthetics or elevated menus, Taqueria El Toro is simply authentic. This hole in the wall, fast-food-style-joint might just be hiding the best tacos in Raleigh. Unique offerings include cabeza (beef head), lengua (cow tongue), and chicharron prensado (mixture of pig skin and carnitas). YUM!
3601 Junction Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27603
3. Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Raleigh
Quite the opposite of the first Raleigh restaurant mentioned, Gonza provides a lively, unique atmosphere paired with delectable tacos. The Colombian-Mexican joint also features hand crafted cocktails and an extensive tequila selection. Constantly making it on "Best Of" lists, Gonza is equal parts eclectic atmosphere and original yet unique tacos. With multiple locations you can enjoy Gonza in North or Downtown Raleigh, Wake Forest, Durham, Cary, and even a food truck.
7713-39 Lead Mine Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
4. Crafted, Greensboro
Remember when we mentioned BBQ and mac and cheese on a taco? Well, you can thank Crafted for that. On the surface it might seem that this downtown Greensboro restaurant takes the most ridiculous toppings and combines them on a taco - but there's a true art behind each (hence the 'art of the taco' byline). Favorites include Big Truck - BBQ, mac and cheese, tobacco onions, scallions and bacon BBQ sauce. The Bowtie - fried fish, roasted corn, poblano salsa, honey mustard, and sweet chipotle aioli. The 'hoodie' is the veggie taco with falafel, while the 'fedora' is like it sounds - somewhat uppity with blackened seared rare tuna, kimchi, garlic and pineapple aioli, and topped with scallions.
Without writing the whole menu for you, it's pretty obvious crafted is one of the most inventive choices on this list. Their 'street food' restaurant is equally delicious and Crafted recently expanded to Winston-Salem. In my opinion, the best way to experience Crafted for the first time is visiting the original in downtown Greensboro. 219 S Elm St
Greensboro, North Carolina
5. The Porch, Winston-Salem
With a laid back atmosphere and approachable menu, The Porch is both a quick place to grab a bite or a place to sit, sip on some margs, and enjoy a taco or two. Go for brunch for a totally unique experience and try the Mexican Breakfast Tacos with chorizo, bacon, fried egg, sprouts and guac.
840 Mill Works St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
6. Cabo Fish Taco, Charlotte
From a former Charlotte resident, Cabo Fish Taco was always the place I'd mention to (or take) visitors...because it was always consistently delicious paired with a lively atmosphere. Located in Charlotte's art district of Noda, Cabo Fish Taco fits right in to Charlotte's arts district of Noda. When it comes to tacos, they master the art of mixing simple ingredients with an inventive twist. While the lemon grilled shrimp tacos are totally worth getting two, the best way to try it all is "pick two."
3201 N Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205
7. White Duck Taco Shop, Asheville
Simple, straight up, delicious - it's easy to see why White Duck has risen to fame and even recently announced the opening of a new Charlotte location. Not only is White Duck yummy, but the a la carte pricing also makes it affordable (and perfect for a quick, satisfying $5 lunch). A little more than your average, White Duck features Bangkok shrimp, (obviously) a mole roasted duck taco, and even mushroom and potato.
1 Roberts St
Asheville, NC 28801
Safe to say, I’m ready for some tacos now! Did your favorite taco shop make the list? Any you would add?