September 23, 2015

11 Restaurants in Cleveland to Get Your Taco Fix

Yes, Cleveland has some good bites but the city's tacos may be some of its finest culinary work. Dollar tacos, great beer and local flavors – need we say more? Check out some of the best places in town to get your south of the border fix.

Disclaimer: This may cause an uncontrollable craving for tacos.

By Brandon Koziol

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La Plaza Supermarket 
Home to some of the best tacos in the city and a market chockfull of Latin flavors, La Plaza Supermarket is an oasis for good bites. Here, you can get a taco stuffed with carnitas, chorizo, al pastor or barbacoa for $2. 13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44107.
(Photo via Mark L, Yelp)
La Plaza Supermarket

Home to some of the best tacos in the city and a market chockfull of Latin flavors, La Plaza Supermarket is an oasis for good bites. Here, you can get a taco stuffed with carnitas, chorizo, al pastor or barbacoa for $2. 13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44107.

(Photo via Mark L, Yelp)

Orale Contemporary Mexican Kitchen 
From a West Side Market stand to an Ohio City restaurant, chef Roberto Rodriguez continues to serve a mean taco. The Orale Contemporary Kitchen gives you upscale creations like the Mahai Mahai taco with a Jamaican flare, and the Negro Modelo Beer Battered Avocado taco, which is a vegan-friendly option. They also have over twenty different salsas to try. Yum! 1834 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.
(Photo via Roxanne O, Yelp)
Orale Contemporary Mexican Kitchen

From a West Side Market stand to an Ohio City restaurant, chef Roberto Rodriguez continues to serve a mean taco. The Orale Contemporary Kitchen gives you upscale creations like the Mahai Mahai taco with a Jamaican flare, and the Negro Modelo Beer Battered Avocado taco, which is a vegan-friendly option. They also have over twenty different salsas to try. Yum! 1834 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.

(Photo via Roxanne O, Yelp)

Lopez Southwest Kitchen 
We bet you've never seen tacos done like this. Lopez Southwest Kitchen put an elegant twist on the fiesta favorite. The taco options include smoked brisket tops, duck confit and ancho battered catfish (aka, it's far from your usual late-night Taco Bell experience). 2196 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118.
(Photo via Lopez Southwest Kitchen, Facebook)
Lopez Southwest Kitchen

We bet you've never seen tacos done like this. Lopez Southwest Kitchen put an elegant twist on the fiesta favorite. The taco options include smoked brisket tops, duck confit and ancho battered catfish (aka, it's far from your usual late-night Taco Bell experience). 2196 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118.

(Photo via Lopez Southwest Kitchen, Facebook)

Barrio 
Have it your way doesn't just apply to burgers. At Barrio, you are the mastermind, choosing from a lengthy list of fixings to make the taco of your dreams. The best part? They're only $3 each and Barrio has a huge collection of tequila, whiskey and beer to enjoy.
(Photo via Barrio, Facebook)
Barrio

Have it your way doesn't just apply to burgers. At Barrio, you are the mastermind, choosing from a lengthy list of fixings to make the taco of your dreams. The best part? They're only $3 each and Barrio has a huge collection of tequila, whiskey and beer to enjoy.

(Photo via Barrio, Facebook)

Momocho
Another classy take on tacos, Momocho offers taquitos and modern Mexican plates. Munch on tortillas stuffed with things like korean style grilled beef sirloin or braised wild boar, and enjoy the hip decor of  wrestling memorabilia. 
(Photo via ForensicsGirl, Instagram)
Momocho

Another classy take on tacos, Momocho offers taquitos and modern Mexican plates. Munch on tortillas stuffed with things like korean style grilled beef sirloin or braised wild boar, and enjoy the hip decor of wrestling memorabilia.

(Photo via ForensicsGirl, Instagram)

Taco Tonto's (Lakewood, Kent)
Starting out in 1972 as a mere food cart outside a Kent bar, Taco Tonto's has become the perfect Taco Tuesday celebration spot for Kent and Lakewood. Each Tonto's taco is housed in a huge eight inch soft shell, or a jumbo corn shell. There's a variety of specials each day including things like fish and shrimp tacos. 13319 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107.
(Photo via Sophia D, Yelp)
Taco Tonto's (Lakewood, Kent)

Starting out in 1972 as a mere food cart outside a Kent bar, Taco Tonto's has become the perfect Taco Tuesday celebration spot for Kent and Lakewood. Each Tonto's taco is housed in a huge eight inch soft shell, or a jumbo corn shell. There's a variety of specials each day including things like fish and shrimp tacos. 13319 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107.

(Photo via Sophia D, Yelp)

Luchita's 
Trying to fix your Mexican crave on a budget? Luchita's offers 99 cent beef, chicken and veggie tacos after 4 p.m. Plus, happy hour kicks off at 3 p.m. Hoorah! 3456 W 117th St, Cleveland, OH 44111. (Photo via Luchita’s Mexican Restaurant, Facebook)
Luchita's

Trying to fix your Mexican crave on a budget? Luchita's offers 99 cent beef, chicken and veggie tacos after 4 p.m. Plus, happy hour kicks off at 3 p.m. Hoorah! 3456 W 117th St, Cleveland, OH 44111. (Photo via Luchita’s Mexican Restaurant, Facebook)

Ohio City Burrito 
It's focus may be on burritos but the local flavor continues in Ohio City Burrito's tacos. Run by a native brother-sister duo, the burrito joint serves up a traditional taco for $2.25, and a double layer for $3.10. Be sure to try the original Grandma's Salsa when you go. 1844 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.
(Photo via BaileyMueller, Instagram)
Ohio City Burrito

It's focus may be on burritos but the local flavor continues in Ohio City Burrito's tacos. Run by a native brother-sister duo, the burrito joint serves up a traditional taco for $2.25, and a double layer for $3.10. Be sure to try the original Grandma's Salsa when you go. 1844 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.

(Photo via BaileyMueller, Instagram)

Lincoln Park Pub 
Catch the game and a taco! Lincoln Park Pub gives a fiesta flare on Tuesdays. Enjoy tacos starting at $2 or less. You can finish it off with a margarita or one of their Mexican beers. 2609 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.
(Photo via Julie A)
Lincoln Park Pub

Catch the game and a taco! Lincoln Park Pub gives a fiesta flare on Tuesdays. Enjoy tacos starting at $2 or less. You can finish it off with a margarita or one of their Mexican beers. 2609 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.

(Photo via Julie A)

Sachsenheim Hall 
German beers served in boots, homemade sausages and your new favorite place for Tacos. Sachsenheim Hall doesn't disappoint with a noteworthy special list including a ranchero beef with habanero and roasted java pulled pork taco. 7001 Denison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102.
(Photo via Greg D, Yelp)
Sachsenheim Hall

German beers served in boots, homemade sausages and your new favorite place for Tacos. Sachsenheim Hall doesn't disappoint with a noteworthy special list including a ranchero beef with habanero and roasted java pulled pork taco. 7001 Denison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102.

(Photo via Greg D, Yelp)