Best Mexican food in Vancouver

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Let’s talk tacos, shall we? Or enchiladas, burritos, and agua frescas…it’s all about the Mexican food.

Here are our picks for where to find the best Mexican food in Vancouver.

The Mexican, Antojitos y Cantina

Widely considered the most authentic Mexican eats in Vancouver, this small sit-down spot in the heart of the Granville Entertainment District goes beyond the basics and nails it with their menu. Antojitos means small plates, or appetizers, so bring some friends to share, or just focus on the heartier house special entrees, like the Barrigon (grilled pork, beef and chorizo, with melted cheese and salsa verde).

Address: 1049 Granville Street, Downtown
Phone: 604-569-0955
Website: themexican.ca

Tacomio

Trio of tacos from Tacomio (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Trio of tacos from Tacomio (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Tacomio is the newest kid on the taco block in Vancouver’s Gastown, and they’ve got a killer rotation of authentic Mexican tacos, along with refreshing drinks, an impressive salsa bar, and a fun, colourful vibe in their small shop.

Address: 435 Abbott Street, Gastown
Phone: 778-868-7041
Website: www.tacomio.ca

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Bandidas Taqueria

Commercial Drive’s Bandidas serves up vegan and vegetarian Mexican food in a fresh, modern environment. Try the Leona Gayle tacos (smoky-sweet chipotle tofu, pinto beans, cheese, roasted red salsa, romaine lettuce & sour cream), or check out their all-day breakfast menu.

Address: 2781 Commercial Drive
Phone: 604-568-8224
Website: www.bandidastaqueria.com

Sal Y Limon

A Torta from Sal Y Limon (Raul Pacheco-Vega/Flickr)

A Torta from Sal Y Limon (Raul Pacheco-Vega/Flickr)

Sal Y Limon (“salt and lime”) is often pretty packed with diners eager to get their fill of tortas (sandwiches) or big burritos. Satisfy your sweet tooth with their horchata drink, or their churros, too.

Address: 701 Kingsway Street, Unit 5, Mount Pleasant
Phone: 604-677-4247
Website: salylimon.ca

La Mezcaleria

The Amigos Flight: white wild bass ceviche, octopus ceviche, delicious guacamole and pico de gallo at La Mezcaleria (La Mezcaleria/Facebook)

The Amigos Flight: white wild bass ceviche, octopus ceviche, delicious guacamole and pico de gallo at La Mezcaleria (La Mezcaleria/Facebook)

The emphasis is on Mezcal at La Mezcaleria; it’s a spirit made of agave that’s the smoky, complex cousin of tequila. Their menu is adventurous and refined, with plenty of seafood and ceviche, as well as Aztec volcanic rock pots (Los Molcajetes), like their signature Queso Fundido.

Address: 1622 Commercial Drive
Phone: 604-559-8226
Website: www.lamezcaleria.ca

Salsa and Agave

Yaletown’s Salsa and Agave’s calling card is their Azteca Soup. It’s a steaming bowl of chipotle pepper and tortilla soup that can warm you up from the inside out. Their menu also includes tortas (sandwiches), tostadas, tacos, and more.

Address: 1223 Pacific Boulevard, Yaletown
Phone: 604-408-4228
Website: salsaandagave.com

Tacofino

Tacos at Tacofino Gastown's Taco Bar (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Tacos at Tacofino Gastown’s Taco Bar (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

From Tofino to their truck to a growing empire of charming Vancouver eateries, Tacofino has mastered the California cool vibe of Mexican-inspired fare. Grab one of their legendary fish tacos to go, or sit down at their newer Gastown Taco bar for a feast paired with inventive cocktails.

Address/Phone
Taco Bar + Burrito Bar: 15 W. Cordova Street, Gastown/604-899-7907
Commissary: 2327 East Hastings Street/604-253-8226
Truck: Dunsmuir + Burrard/@tacofinovancouver
Website: tacofino.com

Cuchillo

Gastown’s Cuchillo gets the nod here for their Pan-Latin fare and Canadian twists, including pulled duck tacos, fry bread, and pork belly with a maple, chipotle and tamarind glaze.

Address: 261 Powell Street, Railtown
Phone: 604-559-7585
Website: www.cuchillo.ca

La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

It’s all about the tacos at this busy and vibrant taco shop, which has grown to have three locations in Metro Vancouver, including their newest in North Vancouver which houses their tortilleria. Brave the inevitable lines to get a hold of their tantalizing tacos, like the Tinga de Pollo, Al Pastor, or Lengua.

Address/Phone
322 W Hastings Street/604-568-4406
2549 Cambie Street/604-558-2549
1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver/604-971-4744
Website: www.lataqueria.com

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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