Everybody’s favorite Mexican street food seems to be taking New England by storm, and with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, we present the eight greatest places for tacos.

VIDA CANTINA

Vida Cantina in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a bright, fun restaurant that is the brainchild of Chef David Vargas. Born in Mexico, and raised in Southern California, Chef Vargas knows a thing or two about tacos.   Here you can find tacos filled with everything from tasty Barbacoa di Carne, to Confit Pork Belly, to fried fish topped with slaw, avocado and salsa fresco.  So what is the key to his taco making success? It is double wrapping each taco with TWO corn tortillas. To Chef Vargas what makes a great taco is not just a single shell.  It has to have a double shell. He feels that there is nothing worse than picking up a taco and watching all the ingredients falling out the bottom

Vida Cantina Pork Belly Tacos

LOCO TAQUIERIA

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar in South Boston serves deliciously different Mexican food in a laid back but festive atmosphere. The taco offerings do not disappoint, with offerings like the root beer braised chicken tacos or the spicy and satisfying pork carnitas tacos. These unbelievably tasty tacos have a little bit of kick, giving any fans of spicy dishes a run for their money!

After you enjoy your spicy taco fiesta at Loco Taquieria, take a siesta at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Downtown. The hotel is a mile and a half from your new favorite taco spot and located in the heart of the city, offering easy access to all that Boston has to offer.

CASA VERDE

Casa Verde in Jamaica Plain is a small but spirited spot, serving authentic Mexican meals out of a tiny open kitchen. The stars of Casa Verdes’s show are certainly the tacos. Offering everything from Lamb Al Pastor, a spin on the traditional pork dish topped with grilled pineapple and salsa roja, to the super spicy Shrimp a la Diabla, and the flavorful Carne Asada, perfect for meat lovers. The Carne Asada is a high quality flank steak that has marinated with lime and many great seasonings and topped with a red onion escabeche.

Spend the weekend near Casa Verde. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside is just five miles from this taco lover’s haven and located right near beautiful Carson Beach!

HOWLING WOLF

The Howling Wolf in Salem, Massachusetts is a California style taqueria featuring cuisine inspired by the Southwest. These authentic soft tacos, served on homemade corn or flour tortillas, and stuffed with anything from fish tacos to shrimp tacos to al pastor, chicken, steak rice and beans. Nothing pairs with these hand held treats quite like a stiff and tasty margarita.

Howling Wolf Taco Plates

Explore the North Shore after your visit to Howling Wolf. With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers as your home base, you can enjoy the hotel’s waterpark, CoCo Key; take in Salem’s famed waterfront, and more!

THE JETTY

The Jetty in the Brant Rock section of Marshfield is a unique spot with the laid-back vibe of Southern California, paired with a menu of fresh fare. Whether you indulge on the Lobster Taco, topped with grilled corn, cotija cheese and Mexican crema, or the always-popular classic fish taco, you know you are getting the freshest ingredients.

The fish taco cod fried in a light beer batter, served over crunchy cabbage and a spicy mayo, providing consumers with a satisfying mix of fresh flavors.

Stay the weekend on the South Shore. Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth is a short drive from The Jetty’s delightful fish tacos and will serve as a great home base for you, while you enjoy some of Massachusetts’ best beaches.

NACO TACO

Naco Taco on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, Cambridge is a big, fun taqueria specializing in Mexican street food, all served out of a kitchen that runs completely out of a trailer. Since the name ‘taco’ is in the name of the restaurant, you had better believe they are making these hand held treats to perfection. There’s smoked chicken topped with shredded romaine and crema and ultra-crispy fried cod with cabbage slaw and chipotle aioli. The house favorite has to be the Al Pastor taco, made with spit-roasted pork and burnt, caramelized pineapple for a mix of sweet and spicy that will make your mouth happy.

Naco Taco Guacamole

Stay the weekend in Cambridge and explore one of Boston’s favorite neighborhoods. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge is a mile and a half away from Naco Taco and located right along scenic Charles River.

EL PATRON

El Patron in Worcester is as authentic as it gets. That is because they serve home-style Mexican cuisine cooked by a real Mexican mom. The outstanding and affordable tacos can be ordered a la carte stuffed with fillings like slow cooked pork or chorizo, or you can just go for an entire plate of fish tacos, served with rice, beans and pico.de gallo.

LA SIESTA

Who knew that all the flavors and all the fun from south of the border, could also be found just over the border of Boston? La Siesta in Winthrop and Peabody is a high-energy Mexican eatery, serving up authentic fare from owner Martin Vasquez, using the authentic ingredients and traditional recipes he learned from his family. The fish tacos do not disappoint with three soft flour tortillas, grilled fish mixed with pico de gallo topped with lettuce and chipotle mayonnaise. Another dish not to miss is the Tres Tacos, consisting of grilled chicken, al pastor, carne asada grilled with onions and cilantro in a double corn tortilla.

After eating all of that amazing food you may need a siesta before you fiesta in Downtown Boston. Hilton Boston Logan Airport is just 3 miles from La Siesta and 10 minutes from Downtown Boston. Enjoy views of the city by taking a water taxi from Hilton Boston Logan Airport to Rowes Wharf, providing easy access to the city.

This Cinco de Mayo, whether you are discovering your new favorite taco spot or revisiting an old favorite, make a weekend of it! Enjoy up to 50% off Sunday night stays, and unique local offers, when you book Hilton’s Weekend Like a Local package at one of 26 participating Boston area hotels.

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