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Taco lineup in the Boston area

Co-owner Hugo Mendez at Beantown Taqueria.

KATHERINE TAYLOR FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Co-owner Hugo Mendez at Beantown Taqueria.

Angela’s Cafe

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

angelascafeboston.com

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

Beantown Taqueria

148-150 Western Ave.,

Cambridge, 617-864-6969 www.beantowntaqueria.com

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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

Mexicana

222 Broadway, Chelsea

617-466-1895

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 www.elpelon.com

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

617-884-4900

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

617-369-5609

www.lolitatequilabars.com/locations/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.

BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF

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

617-782-8226 www.lonestar-boston.com

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.

Olecito

12 Springfield St., Cambridge 617-876-1374

www.olerestaurantgroup.com/olecito

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

617-567-6367

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.

— ERIN AILWORTH

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