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It's National Taco Day. So it seems apropos to celebrate with a plate filled with delicious tacos.
Whether you prefer yours in a soft or hard shell, there are plenty of spots in Milwaukee to fulfill your craving. But if you need inspiration, these seven spots are great places to start.
1. Al Pastor
6200 W. Burnham St., (414) 226-2245
(PHOTO: Al Pastor)
There are mouth-watering offerings to be had at this quaint spot, which offers up a small menu including enchiladas, alambre (grilled beef and bacon with myriad accoutrements), tortas, fajitas and burritos. Among their taco offerings, which will set you back by $2 each, you can choose from al pastor (pork), pollo (chicken), ground beef, chorizo, beef tongue or steak. Each are served in traditional fashion with onions, cilantro and lime.
2. Cafe Corazon
(PHOTO: Cafe Corazon)
At Cafe Corazon, you have a multitude of choices for your tacos including meats like asada, carnitas and chorizo or vegan options including herbed tofu, soy chorizo or sauteed vegetables. Can’t decide? Order the Taco Truck Plate, which comes with three tacos (meat or vegetarian) served up with cilantro, onion, tomato, radish and queso fresco ($10). You can wash down your tacos with a tasty beverage as well. On Wednesdays, enjoy $5 margaritas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or $5 specialty sangria.
624 W. National Ave.
Affordability and deliciousness meet their match at La Casa De Alberto. If you're getting tacos, choose from options like al pastor, ground beef, carne asada or fish. Or order "Alberto's Plate" which includes al pastor, beans, rice and corn tortillas. While you're there, be sure to order the guacamole; it's deliciously fresh with great texture and lots of flavor.
2317 S. Howell Ave.
At Guanajuato, you’ll want to start by choosing your tortilla: corn, flour or hardshell. Then you can venture into the options of what to place inside. Choices include chicken, steak, pork or ground beef, along with beef tongue or cesina (skirt/flank steak) and chorizo. Eat like a gringo by topping yours with lettuce and tomatoes or go traditional with onion and cilantro ($1.70-2.25).
5. Gypsy Taco
2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (behind Boone & Crockett)
If you’re looking for something out of the box, head straight for Gypsy Taco where you can choose from a rotating selection of seasonal tacos. Core options include Dr. Pepper braised pork of roasted root vegetable tacos with goat cheese. But there’s always something special on the menu (like smoked brisket tacos made with meat from Iron Grate BBQ). Wash it all down with a Mexican Coca-Cola. Pricing: $4-6 per taco.
Corner of Pittsburgh and S. 1st St.
There are truly delicious tacos to be had at Mazorca, a relative newcomer to the taco truck scene. Tacos are served up on housemade tortillas and include options like al pastor made with adobo marinated pork topped with avocado and cilantro salsa and served with a slice of pineapple on top ($2.75); bistek with housemade frijoles, tomatillo salsa, onion and cilantro ($2.75); birria (pulled beef braised in adobo)with pickled red onions and cilantro ($2.50); and A vegetarian taco featuring Muenster cheese melted and topped with guacamole, tomatillo salsa and cilantro. The same taco can be made vegan when the cheese is subbed out for beans ($2.50).
5814 W. Bluemound Rd.
Don’t let the size of Quiote fool you. There are some big flavors coming out of the tiny kitchen. A la carte taco options include choice of steak, chicken, al pastor, chorizo or queso fresco served in a warm corn tortilla with cilantro and onion ($2.75). But if you really want to treat yourself, go for the fish tacos featuring ancho-chile seasoned grilled fish served on corn or flour tortillas with chipotle aioli, lettuce, pico de gallo and queso fresco ($9, includes rice).
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.