Food & dining

Taco lineup in the Boston area

Co-owner Hugo Mendez at Beantown Taqueria.


Co-owner Hugo Mendez at Beantown Taqueria.

Angela’s Cafe

131 Lexington St., East Boston, 617-567-4972


Skip the carnitas but try the tamales. We’ll be returning to try the chilaquiles.

Beantown Taqueria

148-150 Western Ave.,

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Cambridge, 617-864-6969

Order a creamy, cool horchata to sip on the patio as you wait for your plate of carnitas. The combo is hard to beat.

Cocina Salvadorena y


222 Broadway, Chelsea



Live mariachi is the draw here on Saturday afternoons. Sip a margarita, or pop into the attached grocery store for pan dulce.

El Pelon Taqueria

92 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston, 617-262-9090

A neighborhood staple, this taco joint seems like it’s always bustling with a young crowd. The carnitas, which may satisfy fans of juicy pulled pork, come with pickled cabbage.

Las Vegas (formerly King Tacos)

388 Broadway, Chelsea


Caters to a working-class clientele and has been going through a bit of an identity crisis. Try the carne asada tacos.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

271 Dartmouth St.

Back Bay, Boston


Low lighting and red-and-black decor give this place a Gothic ambience. Wash back the salty carnitas, served on flour tortillas, with a margarita.


From left: David Cagle (general manager and partner), Rian Wyllie (chef, partner), and Aaron Sanders (co-owner) at Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston.

Lone Star Taco Bar

479 Cambridge St., Allston


A chill place with a long bar and small tables. Order the carnitas and a side of lightly peppered chips. The tacos are close to perfect.


12 Springfield St., Cambridge 617-876-1374

A little takeout spot featuring tacos and tortas with a Baja flare. When you’re done, cross the street to the full restaurant Ole Mexican Grill and order churros.

Taqueria Jalisco

291 Bennington St.

East Boston


Mom-and-pop feel with good Mexican food standards like menudo. Space is small, and often busy so be prepared to wait. If you get the carnitas, it’ll be worth it.


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