The Top 10 Tacos in Columbus
Whether you’re looking for el taco autentico or something a bit more Americanized, Columbus has a wide variety of tacos for you to choose from. To celebrate this year’s National Taco Day (Friday, October 4) we surveyed our readers on their top spots to eat tacos all throughout the city.
1. Los Guachos Taqueria
It should come as no surprise that Los Guachos topped our readers’ survey for the best tacos in the city. In addition to being a long-time fan favorite, Los Guachos has been recognized nationally by The Food Network, Maxim and Rachel Ray Magazine for their outstanding al pastor. This business originated as a humble taco truck but has grown to include three brick-and-mortar locations making it an easy find for your next taco outing.
For more information, visit www.losguachostaqueria.com.
Since 2014, Condado has taken the local taco scene by storm. Their build-your-own menu system allows full customization for every order. After their original Short North location proved to be popular, they’ve rapidly expanded to 13 locations with six in Central Ohio and seven more spread across the Midwest.
For more info, visit www.condadotacos.com.
3. Local Cantina
The very first Local Cantina popped up on Grandview Avenue in 2012 and has also quickly become known for their casual atmosphere and wide variety of taco toppings that range from traditional (Carne Asada) to unusual (Nashville Hot Chicken). Local Cantina now boasts nine locations throughout Central Ohio, which means that you’re never more than a few miles away from getting some tacos for dinner.
For more info, visit www.localcantina.com.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Bakersfield expanded to the Short North in 2013 and has remained a go-to destination for diners looking for a slightly more upscale experience, with taco toppings that include mahi and braised short rib and an extensive list of whiskeys and tequilas.
For more info, visit www.bakersfieldtacos.com.
5. Dos Hermanos
Dos Hermanos has been serving up tacos since 2012, expanding from a food truck to a North Market vendor to a catering company. Their taco menu includes both authentic street tacos (meat, onion, cilantro), as well as americanized offerings that include lettuce and cheese.
For more information, visit www.doshermanoscolumbus.com.
6. Cosecha Cocina
Cosecha is one of the newest brick-and-mortar restaurants on our Top 10 list, having opened in Italian Village in 2017. This upscale establishment takes tacos to a different level with unique ingredient combinations, all housed in a historically renovated property that provides an unmatched atmosphere.
For more information, visit www.cosechacocina.com.
7. La Poblanita
La Poblanita is the real deal. This taco truck has been serving the Clintonville community since 2014 at 3825 Indianola Ave. While their menu features both authentic style and American style, you can’t go wrong by sticking to the classics.
8. Cuco’s Taqueria
Cuco’s launched in 2003 in an unassuming strip mall on Henderson Road. The adjacent grocery store eventually gave way for the restaurant side of the business to expand as the menu proved to be a destination for locals. The menu includes a wide variety of Mexican dishes, and the tacos found here are both traditional and unique in their topping selections.
For more information, visit www.cucostaqueria.com.
9. La Super Torta
Don’t let the name fool you. La Super Torta has more than just tortas. This authentic Mexican establishment on the city’s west side has all the traditional tacos you’re looking for: tripe, lengua, chicharron and more.
10. Junior’s Tacos
Junior’s is a bit of a gateway drug for Columbus residents. This food truck has been operating since before food trucks were cool (launched in 2006) right on the edge of Victorian Village and the University District. The traditional-style tacos found here are simple and straightforward and most importantly, they can be acquired late when the cravings really set in.
For more information, visit www.juniorstacostrucks.com.