Tacos in Tacoma for a tasty Cinco de Mayo

If Tacoma had a favorite food, it might very well be the taco. It’s rooted in our name and the options are sprinkled all over town, like fresh cotija cheese on a hand pressed tortilla. Browse these top picks, from fancy fine dining to dive bars serving only the best, and even a few with unique flair. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way, with a mouth full of our favorites.

Chips, salsa and margarita at Tacoma Matador
Complimentary chips and salsa from Tacoma Matador, photo by Kayla Schroader

Top of Tacoma, if you’ve ever eaten here you know the place is often packed, but the food and the company are worth the visit to McKinley Hill just up from the Dome district. Venture out into greatness with their Blackened Shrimp tacos topped with fresh apple slaw or keep it traditional with chicken and beef. Should you prefer not to wait until the weekend, opt for Taco Thursday when all affiliated menu items are half price.

Matador, on the north end of Pacific Avenue, brings finer dining and southern flavors together in a recipe for success. Open daily from 11 am – 2 am for guests 21+. Happy Hour held daily from 4 pm – 6 pm & 10 pm – 1 am.

Taco Truck on 12th and Oakes, because some things are just meant to be simple. Simply delicious.

Dirty Oscar’s Annex (DOA) features award winning bar food including their Tasso Tacos made with Smoked pork, Mahon, Pickled apple, Pico de Gallo and Green chili crema. You’re welcome.

Casco Antiguo, is the newest taco in town (downtown by the Dock Street waterfront) and we’re hearing good things about this Seattle restaurant come south. Get on down to 1901 Dock Street to learn more.

Brewers Row in Proctor just changed the game with ancho-chile braised jackfruit tacos. Yes, Jackfruit! If you aren’t a carnivore connoisseur but love to partake in a good taco challenge, this one’s for you! Also offering a sweet potato variety.

ancho-chile braised vegan Jackfruit Yaca Tacos from Brewers Row, Tacoma
Yaca (Jackfruit) Tacos at Brewers Row, photo by Wesley McLain

Did we miss something? Let us know! Email us your suggestions at info@ExperienceTacoma.com.
…because your favorites are our favorites and Tacoma’s business is our business!

For another Cinco de Mayo destination, check out the Cultura Events Center in South Tacoma.

Or spice things up on the dance floor of Studio 6 with a “drop-in” Argentine Tango class followed by Merengue and Salsa dance introduction every Friday night starting at 7:30 pm ($10 each or $15 for both sessions).

And don’t forget to stop by our community events calendar for more ways to Experience Tacoma.