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Runner up: El Rey, 916 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. "Good, but too much avocado," says Levi.

Levi's top 3 tacos: Or, OMG he really picked that? You won't believe No. 3!

OnMilwaukee's second generation is school age now, ranging from newborn to 15 years old. Occasionally, some of these kids will contribute their thoughts to the site that is older than they are. This commentary was written by 14-year-old Levi, who is the son of senior writer Molly Snyder.

I could not resist this headline and if you clicked on it, it's a joke, but you probably knew that.

As you know, Milwaukee is home to lots of different taco places, some bad and some good. I've eaten tacos in many different Mexican restaurants. As a person who is picky when it comes to tacos (Ed. note: and all food), I can say that these three places know what they are doing, and I'm honored to tell you about my top three taco picks in Milwaukee.

1. Laughing Taco

As far as taste, Walker's Point's "Laughing Taco" hits the spot. Unique items such as a potato shell coating the tortilla and delicious fresh meat really stand out. Some of their tacos revolve around steak; my favorite is the pirata (three for $12), the steak melts in your mouth with a savory and slightly salty taste. Some of their dishes include lettuce, salsa of choice and that amazingly creamy taste and texture of avocado.

However, every positive has a negative. Since this place is growing in popularity at a high rate, the small seating area is sometimes packed with people, so you can't always find a place to sit. Luckily, you can get carry-out. I also wish they were open on Sundays because that's a day my family likes to go out for tacos since no one has work or school.

Laughing Taco's hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.

2. Margarita Paradise

Margarita Paradise is inside the Public Market and it does Mexican food right. The food is always very good and very reliable. You want gringo tacos? They got 'em. You want street tacos? BOOM! Street tacos! If you want chicken tacos, expect the chicken to be perfectly cooked. I recommend the corn tortillas (I almost always recommend corn tortillas), they are especially good. They are soft but can be a little crispy on the edges. I also like their prices, as their taco plate is only $5.

The only downside is they just have a bar to sit at. Some people like this, but as a kid, I don't really like to sit at the bar. But the Public Market does offer seating on the second floor or outside, so you can always take your tacos there.

Margarita Paradise is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Mr. Senor's

I've gone here for years with my dad and my brother so I might be a little biased, to be honest. The restaurant is unique because it's window-side, meaning you walk up to a window on the side of the street to give your order. Then you can stand there and watch your food made in front of you from scratch, and while you are waiting, you can help yourself to free homemade tortilla chips and salsa, which are really good. The tacos (three for $8) are very consistent and the portions are large and the vegetables are always fresh. It's also fun to eat in your car.

Sure, the window service could be considered an inconvenience to some, but to others it's something that sets Mr. Senor's apart from the rest of these Mexican food places. The wait is usually also a little long, so be prepared to wait. It's well worth it, though.

Mr. Senor's is open Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 2 a.m.; Fridays from noon to 3 a.m. and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.



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