April 25, 2017

The 11 Best Taco Tuesday Tacos in Cleveland

Since 2015, Instagrammer and taco-enthusiast Laura Bartlett has made it her mission to try every Taco Tuesday in the Cleveland area. For the first year, she tried a different location every Tuesday (except for the two times she was ill). Since then, she has revisited her favorites, but also continues to taste new selections whenever possible. Here, she breaks down the 11 best area tacos into categories, because choosing only one would have been impossible. All taco photos here are by Laura Bartlett. Check out her life's work @tacotuesdaytourcle.

Since 2015, Instagrammer and taco-enthusiast Laura Bartlett has made it her mission to try every Taco Tuesday in the Cleveland area. For the first year, she tried a different location every Tuesday (except for the two times she was ill). Since then, she has revisited her favorites, but also continues to taste new selections whenever possible.

Here, she breaks down the 11 best area tacos into categories, because choosing only one would have been impossible.

All taco photos here are by Laura Bartlett. Check out her life's work @tacotuesdaytourcle.

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Best Build-Your-Own Tacos: Barrio
Multiple Locations
Laura’s take: Not only is it super fun filling out Barrio’s taco checklist to mix and match different flavors and fillings, but their creative monthly specials are not to be missed. Do note that Happy Hour/Taco Tuesday is only in the bar. 
Photo via Barrio_Cleveland/Instagram

Best Build-Your-Own Tacos: Barrio

Multiple Locations
Laura’s take: Not only is it super fun filling out Barrio’s taco checklist to mix and match different flavors and fillings, but their creative monthly specials are not to be missed. Do note that Happy Hour/Taco Tuesday is only in the bar.

Photo via Barrio_Cleveland/Instagram
Best Build-Your-Own Tacos: Barrio
Multiple Locations
Laura’s take: Not only is it super fun filling out Barrio’s taco checklist to mix and match different flavors and fillings, but their creative monthly specials are not to be missed. Do note that Happy Hour/Taco Tuesday is only in the bar.

Best Build-Your-Own Tacos: Barrio

Multiple Locations
Laura’s take: Not only is it super fun filling out Barrio’s taco checklist to mix and match different flavors and fillings, but their creative monthly specials are not to be missed. Do note that Happy Hour/Taco Tuesday is only in the bar.
Best Fast Food Style Tacos: Cap'n Tacos
16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, 216-676-9830
Laura’s take: This is a Cleveland-area classic that everyone should try. Dine in, drive through, or take out. Taco Tuesday specials as well, with hard-shell beef tacos just 79 cents. 
Photo via Facebook

Best Fast Food Style Tacos: Cap'n Tacos

16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, 216-676-9830
Laura’s take: This is a Cleveland-area classic that everyone should try. Dine in, drive through, or take out. Taco Tuesday specials as well, with hard-shell beef tacos just 79 cents.

Photo via Facebook
Best Fast Food Style Tacos: Cap'n Tacos
16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, 216-676-9830
Laura’s take: This is a Cleveland-area classic that everyone should try. Dine in, drive through, or take out. Taco Tuesday specials as well, with hard-shell beef tacos just 79 cents.

Best Fast Food Style Tacos: Cap'n Tacos

16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, 216-676-9830
Laura’s take: This is a Cleveland-area classic that everyone should try. Dine in, drive through, or take out. Taco Tuesday specials as well, with hard-shell beef tacos just 79 cents.
Best Mod-Mex Tacos: El Carnicero
16918 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3415
Laura’s take: Super fun and original taquito filling choices (my personal favorite is the pork belly). Great atmosphere and great drinks as well.
Photo via robertbaiko/Instagram

Best Mod-Mex Tacos: El Carnicero

16918 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3415
Laura’s take: Super fun and original taquito filling choices (my personal favorite is the pork belly). Great atmosphere and great drinks as well.

Photo via robertbaiko/Instagram
Best Mod-Mex Tacos: El Carnicero
16918 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3415
Laura’s take: Super fun and original taquito filling choices (my personal favorite is the pork belly). Great atmosphere and great drinks as well.

Best Mod-Mex Tacos: El Carnicero

16918 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3415
Laura’s take: Super fun and original taquito filling choices (my personal favorite is the pork belly). Great atmosphere and great drinks as well.
Best Dollar Tacos: El Jalapeños
1313 W. 117th St., 216-226-9765
Laura’s take: Actually, they're $1.25 all night (and every other night of the week during happy hour), but they're delicious, with many options, and a salsa bar to dress them up yourself. 
Photo via drobardrobar/Instagram

Best Dollar Tacos: El Jalapeños

1313 W. 117th St., 216-226-9765
Laura’s take: Actually, they're $1.25 all night (and every other night of the week during happy hour), but they're delicious, with many options, and a salsa bar to dress them up yourself.

Photo via drobardrobar/Instagram
Best Dollar Tacos: El Jalapeños
1313 W. 117th St., 216-226-9765
Laura’s take: Actually, they're $1.25 all night (and every other night of the week during happy hour), but they're delicious, with many options, and a salsa bar to dress them up yourself.  Everything in the picture costs less than $10.

Best Dollar Tacos: El Jalapeños

1313 W. 117th St., 216-226-9765
Laura’s take: Actually, they're $1.25 all night (and every other night of the week during happy hour), but they're delicious, with many options, and a salsa bar to dress them up yourself. Everything in the picture costs less than $10.
Best Grocery Store Tacos: La Plaza Supermarket
13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000
Laura’s take: During the cooler months, you go to a counter at the back of the store, but during warm months they have a cart and a few tables parked right in front of the store. They are so flavorful and very authentic. They even offer tongue (which I haven't had the guts to try... yet!)
Photo via wolfbreath_/Instagram

Best Grocery Store Tacos: La Plaza Supermarket

13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000
Laura’s take: During the cooler months, you go to a counter at the back of the store, but during warm months they have a cart and a few tables parked right in front of the store. They are so flavorful and very authentic. They even offer tongue (which I haven't had the guts to try... yet!)

Photo via wolfbreath_/Instagram
Best Grocery Store Tacos: La Plaza Supermarket
13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000
Laura’s take: During the cooler months, you go to a counter at the back of the store, but during warm months they have a cart and a few tables parked right in front of the store. They are so flavorful and very authentic. They even offer tongue (which I haven't had the guts to try... yet!)

Best Grocery Store Tacos: La Plaza Supermarket

13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000
Laura’s take: During the cooler months, you go to a counter at the back of the store, but during warm months they have a cart and a few tables parked right in front of the store. They are so flavorful and very authentic. They even offer tongue (which I haven't had the guts to try... yet!)