Just pick a protein and toss it into a tortilla! Tacos — whether pork, beans, tofu or fish — are piled high with goodies like lettuce, cheeses, beans and salsas tucked into crunchy or soft shells. Baltimoreans are picky about their tacos and are quick to name their favorites. From tiny storefronts in residential neighborhoods to food trucks roaming the city, tacos abound in Baltimore. Here are five places where tacos reign supreme and there’s never a shortage of flavor.
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1716 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
The public has spoken and has honored Tortilleria Sinaloa with three Best of Baltimore awards: “Best Mexican Food,” “Best Tacos” and “Best Breakfast in Baltimore.” The no-frills establishment in Upper Fells Point offers its menu in Spanish and English. Steak and chicken tacos and barbecue, pork, or sausage tacos are among the norm. Vegan tacos and the beef tongue tacos are for the more adventurous diner. Tortilleria Sinaloa opens at 7 a.m. all week with authentic Mexican breakfast offerings. Patrons can order online any time to make picking up a meal a breeze.
1703 Aliceanna St.
The eats at this Fells Point hangout, from restaurateur Charlie Gjerde, are inspired by the authentic antojitos (small bites) of Mexican street fairs. Take advantage of nightly drink deals during “Papi Hour” while chowing down on delicacies such as yucca fries, fried plantains, and braised corn on the cob. The customizable street tacos, available authentic style (chopped cilantro, onion, nepoles, and lime) or gringo style (shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and jack cheese) are also a fan favorite.
821 S Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Woody’s Taco Island was derived from the success of Woody’s Rum Bar’s tacos. Woody’s took to the road with a food truck that serves Caribbean tacos to different locations each day. The schedule is available on the website and the truck traverses many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The menu includes five different kinds of tacos, including a black bean falafel, plus salads, sides and salsas. The Taco Island can also be booked to cater events.
1032 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Blue Agave has been serving fresh Mexican food in Federal Hill since 2000, including a variety of tacos. The taco menu includes pulled pork or chicken, grilled carne asada, grilled or blackened pascado, adobo camerones (shrimp), shredded pork, black beans, fried avocado and seared Ahi tuna. Each is served in three soft flour tortilla tacos with Mexican rice and black beans. Blue Agave often has taco night with special deals. Try one of Blue Agave’s numerous margaritas to wash down the tacos.
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Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.