Did you know that ‘taco’ is the Mexican equivalent of the English word ‘sandwich’? Or that, according to the Smithsonian, this culinary delicacy dates back to the 18th century, where the dish pivoted from the Mexican silver mines to the food staple it is today.
By literal definition, a taco is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn or wheat tortilla topped with meat, seafood or vegetarian filling. The best part, however, is what else you put on it; anything! From cheese to guac, shredduce to your hottest sauce, tacos are that customizable food that can be different, or the same, every time you enjoy them; and that’s a perfect food to us.
A perfect pairing to this dish, especially in hot summer weather, is PERRIER Carbonated Natural Spring Water, which has been quenching thirst with crisp carbonation, no sugar and zero calories for over 150 years. This distinctive bubbly beverage can be integrated into nearly any mealtime cocktail or patio beverage recipe of your choosing, making it a refreshing choice any day, especially when tacos are involved.
This #TacoDay, order your favourite beef, chicken, seafood or vegetarian tacos and support a local restaurant in keeping their staff well, their doors open and their tacos hot.
Here are 10 restaurants across Canada offering mouth-watering tacos for takeout.
Bistro Alegria (Gatineau, QC)
The mission of this popular Gatineau spot is to offer its customers a fusion of Caribbean, Central and South American culture through delicious flavours and spices.
Currently, Bistro Alegria’s speciality is its Taco Fiesta Combo, which includes chicken or beef tacos, tortillas and all the fixings (yes, guacamole is included). On Taco Day, Bistro Alergia will be offering free churros with every Fiesta order.
Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 2J9. @bistroalegria
Taqueria El Taquero (Kelowna, BC)
The cuisine of El Taquero is inspired by the streets of Mexico City. Generally served on 4″ soft corn tortillas, this Kelowna establishment offers tacos, tostadas and bowls that are not only delicious but gluten free too.
If you are feeding more than one, you may want to opt for the Taco Dinner for Four ($44.99) or the Happy Hour Tacos, which include four tacos and your choice of either a can of beer or cider.
1443 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 2A3. @keltaquero
Earls (Multiple Locations)
While Earls offers brunch kits and even groceries, one of its most popular menu items is its Taco Kits.
If that piques your interest, you can select a ‘take and make’ that features either chicken, corn and bean or guacamole.
Additionally, you will receive 20% off all pickup orders.
El Beso (Edmonton, AB)
Inspired by small town Tulum, El Beso is a modern and fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine.
In an ode to Taco Day, the Edmonton company is offering 20% off of all its tacos. Whether you are in the mood for chicken, cod or chorizo, there is a tortilla waiting for you.
10432 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1Z3. @elbesoyeg
Mi Taco Taqueria (Toronto, ON)
If your family is craving tacos in Toronto, Mi Taco Taqueria has the perfect options for you.
For $65, they are offering your choice of 12 meat or veggie tacos with a variety of toppings, such as beans, rice, salsa and pico de galo.
As an added bonus, you can tack on a beer ($5) or margarita ($6).
247 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1Z4. @mitacotaqueria
The King’s Arms (Oakville, ON)
Taste the local fare of Oakville with the King’s Arms’ signature Fish Tacos.
This Taco Day, enjoy beer battered haddock, spicy mayo and all the usual suspects within a soft shell for $17.
323 Church Street, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1P2. @kingsarmsoakville
Taco Del Mar (Port Coquitlam, BC)
While there are several Taco Del Mar locations across Canada, this BC spot is offering something special on this holy food holiday.
Order a Taco Meal Kit for $55 and you can feed up to four people. The package includes ten 6” flour tortillas, two types of proteins, all authentic toppings and four bottled drinks.
As an added bonus, patrons can upgrade those beverages to bottled beer for only $2 each.
2020 Oxford Connector #113, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3C 0A4. @tacodelmarpoco
strEATS (Multiple Locations)
What started as a fish and chips restaurant eventually switched gears into Mexican fare with a focus on seafood.
In addition to its popular Baja Tacos, the Canadian company also offers chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian options for any of your Taco Day cravings.
Sargent Taco Shop (Winnipeg, MB)
A hidden gem in Winnipeg, Sargent Taco offers 11 different kinds of tacos that range from classic chorizo to a vegetarian dish with mushrooms as the star.
Each taco is only $2.50 a piece, making your order both delicious AND affordable.
You can also make your order a value meal with mex rice, refried beans and a drink for an extra $3.
698 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0A9. @sargent.tacoshop
Fonda Lola (Toronto, ON)
Founded in 2013, Fonda Lola’s mission statement is to redefine Mexican Food. The heart of its brand is the pride it takes in bringing a little piece of Mexico to each guest.
While three tacos would normally cost between $16 and $18, on June 3rd, you can expect the much sought-after dish for $3.50 each
942 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1G8. @fondalola
For plenty more take and make inspiration, visit our Restaurant Finder here and follow Canada Takeout on Instagram.
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