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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

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

    Beantown Taqueria

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    148-150 Western Ave.,

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    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

    Mexicana

    222 Broadway, Chelsea

    617-466-1895

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    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

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    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