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Celebrate National Taco Day Today

10 nearby places to celebrate the legendary Mexican cuisine


Americans have a love affair with tacos. Last year alone, we consumed 4.5 billion of them—equal to the weight of two Empire State Buildings. Today we pay special tribute to the traditional Mexican dish with National Taco Day, which is celebrated each year on October 4. While it may not be a federal holiday, the annual event remains one of the most delicious days on the calendar.

To mark the occasion, BU Today has compiled a list of 10 taco places near campus, along with a recommended pick at each location. Although most tacos are made with beef, pork, or fish, vegetarian options are regularly available as well. So get out and feast by trying one of the places below.

1. Anna’s Taqueria
446 Harvard St., Brookline

Must Try: Regular Tacos, served with steak, beans, salsa, and hot sauce.

Regular Tacos with Steak

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

2. Dorado Tacos
401 Harvard St., Brookline

Must Try: Ensenada Tacos (Baja Style) or Dorado Tacos (Spicy Baja Style), both served with beer-battered Atlantic whitefish, cabbage, crema, pickled onions, and salsa fresca.

Dorado Taco (Baja Style)

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

3. El Pelon Taqueria
92 Peterborough St., Boston
2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton

Must Try: Caramelos Tacos, served with grilled steak, melted jack cheese, hot sauce, salsa fresca, and guacamole.

El Pelon Taqueria's Caramelos Tacos

Photo by Cydney Scott

4. Habanero Mexican Grill
166 Brighton Ave., Allston

Must Try: Vegetarian Tacos, served with cauliflower, zucchini, green and red peppers, rice, beans, salsa, cheese, and hot sauce.

Vegetarian Tacos, served with cauliflower, zucchini, green and red peppers, rice, beans, salsa, cheese, and hot sauce

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

5. Lolita Cocina
271 Dartmouth St., Boston

Must Try: Skirt Steak Tacos, served with pickled red onion, salsa negra, and avocado aioli.

Skirt Steak Tacos at Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar, Dartmouth Street, Boston

Photo courtesy Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

6. Lone Star Taco Bar
479 Cambridge St., Boston

Must Try: Beef Barbacoa Tacos, served with smoked brisket, pickled red onion, avocado crema, and cotija.

Lone Star Taco Bar, Beef Barbacoa

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

7. Los Amigos Taqueria
1294 Beacon St., Brookline

Must Try: Tacos Amigos Style, served with sautéed tilapia, pico de gallo, pickled onions, chipotle crema, and cotija cheese.

Los Amigos, Tacos Amigos Style

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

8. Sol Azteca
914 Beacon St., Boston

Must Try: Taco Al Pastor, served with pork marinated with pineapple, guajillo, and ancho pepper, chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, and lime.

Sol Azteca, Taco Al Pastor

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

9. Sunset Cantina
916 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Must Try: Fajita Spiced Chicken Tacos, served with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and house salsa.

Sunset Cantina, fajita spiced chicken tacos

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

10. OliToki
76 Brighton Ave., Allston

Must Try: Chicken Loaded Taco-Tacos, served with onion, cilantro, purple cabbage, kimchi, cheese, sour cream, Ai-Oli and Spicy Toki sauces.

OliToki, Chicken Loaded Taco-Tacos

Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

Have recommendations for other taco places? List them in the Comment section below.


4 Comments on Celebrate National Taco Day Today

  • Damean on 10.04.2016 at 10:27 am

    Why not list the address for the closer of the two locations for El Pelon Taqueria? At 92 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215, it’s only a few blocks away from West Campus, rather than all the way at the end of the B line?

    I have to mention this so that everyone can try all of the amazing food El Pelon serves up.

    • David Bergeron-Keefe, BU Today on 10.04.2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for your comment. We’ve added both locations to the list for your National Taco Day celebration convenience!

  • Hello Kitty on 10.05.2016 at 1:11 pm

    I’m troubled by BU Today’s appropriation of another culture’s food for the purpose of providing web content. Even more troubling is the explicit encouragement of consumption by those for whom tacos are not indigenous and authentic cuisine. Not everyone working for BU Today, and surely not everyone in its intended audience, belongs to ethnic groups who have the right to lay claim to tacos as their rightful form of alimentation. In short, this column is a form of cultural theft.

    • taco lover 2368 on 10.05.2016 at 2:57 pm

      No. Just no. People like food. The DIVERSE BU community likes food. All sorts of food. All sorts of cultural cuisines. There are many, many people of all different ethnic backgrounds, on this campus and all over the country and world, who enjoy Mexican food, including taqueria fare. BU Today is simply pointing readers who enjoy that food to establishments near campus that serve the food they enjoy.

      Indeed, enjoying and tasting the foods of different cultures is one of the many pleasurable experiences we are lucky to have as humans in our short time on this planet. So lighten up, and maybe get a taco.

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