131 Lexington St., East Boston, 617-567-4972
Skip the carnitas but try the tamales. We’ll be returning to try the chilaquiles.
148-150 Western Ave.,
Cambridge, 617-864-6969 www.beantowntaqueria.com
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 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
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.
Lone Star Taco Bar
479 Cambridge St., Allston
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.
291 Bennington St.
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