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
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
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
Sal Y Limon
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
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
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
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.
Taco Bar + Burrito Bar: 15 W. Cordova Street, Gastown/604-899-7907
Commissary: 2327 East Hastings Street/604-253-8226
Truck: Dunsmuir + Burrard/@tacofinovancouver
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
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.
322 W Hastings Street/604-568-4406
2549 Cambie Street/604-558-2549
1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver/604-971-4744