What is it about the taco that inspires such creativity? Perhaps it's the simplicity of the taco as one needs only to determine the protein and veggies to be housed within the familiar taco shell. Without requiring such gussying up, tacos allow the chef to become an artist with ease. We've seen everything from banh mi tacos from KAPOW! to street style tacos at Cholo Soy, and of course the traditional Mexican tacos from Tacos Al Carbon. Below are some of our favorites in the area, to enjoy on Taco Tuesday, or whenever the mood strikes.
1. Cholo Soy Cocina
Just south of Antique Row on Dixie Highway hides one of the worst kept secrets in Palm Beach County: Cholo Soy is a new comer with plenty of buzz around its traditional take on Mexican street fare. The menu is small but rotates in daily specials, and the fixed menu offers delightful standbys such as the grilled corn, steak tacos, and yuca fries. PS - don't be fooled by the smallish dining room, there are picnic tables!
Cholo Soy - 3715 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Call 561-619-7018, or visit cholosoycochina.com.
2. Tacos Al Carbon
Since opening in 1998, Tacos al Carbon has been the standard in Palm Beach County to satisfy those taco cravings. Their reputation and following have grown, almost as much as their menu. With more than a dozen varieties of tacos to try, there's guaranteed to be a pleaser for any taco binge run.
Tacos Al Carbon - 4420 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth. Call 561-432-8474, or visit tacosalcarbon.com.
3. Rocco's Tacos
Rocco's Tacos adds flare to Mexican street fare. Table-side guacamole, rowdy late nights, and endless tacos on "Taco Tuesday" are just a few of the staples that keep the line flowing out the doors of this South Florida chain. There's more to the menu than just tacos, and on the weekends they even feature brunch. Don't mind us if we swap a margarita for a tequila sunrise and some huevos rancheros.
Rocco's Tacos - 224 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Call 561-650-1001, or visit www.roccostacos.com.
5. KAPOW! Noodle Bar
An eclectic Asian menu? On a taco list? Hear us out: they feature gyoza tacos (tuna, salmon, or steak), as well as their bao buns which are kind of tacos - protein, veggies, and a shell, though this is a soft bun instead of the traditional corn tortilla - and really, who are we to judge handheld morsels of deliciousness?
KAPOW! Noodle Bar WPB - 519 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Call 561-246-3827, or visit www.kapownoodlebar.com.
6. El Camino Delray
El Camino is a buzzy hotspot just off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach that has locals in the area smiling and many from outside the area making the trip to sample the much celebrated tacos, the deep tequila selections, and all of the other flavorful favorites that have added El Camino to the top of the rotation for many in and around Delray. PS - they have two reasons to visit: Taco Tuesday and Margarita Monday!
El Camino - 15 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Call 561-865-5350, or visit www.elcaminodelray.com.