Tacos may be the perfect food. You can hold one in your hand, it’s portable, can contain all food groups and is just downright delicious. So, in celebration of National Taco Day, we’ve rounded up the best places to get a taco in the Garden State. Show these local restaurants some love today, or on Taco Tuesday (which also happens to be today!) or pretty much anytime a craving for delicious Mexican food hits!
Tacos La Gringa
334 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
872 Broad St., Bloomfield
With two locations in Bloomfield, there’s no reason to miss out on their amazing tacos al pastor made with spit-grilled pork. Local fans also recommend the chicken tinga.
Central Taco and Tequila
350 Haddon Ave., Haddon Twp.
Authentic Mexican food with outdoor dining draws locals in (as do the drinks!) but stick around for the tacos — fans say they love the chicken ones and that the Korean short rib is too good to pass up!
40 W. Main St., Freehold
This local hotspot is known around Central Jersey for its traditional Mexican cooking. The soft corn tortilla is filled with your choice of marinated grilled chicken, lamb, pork carnitas, steak or chorizo topped with cilantro, onion and your choice of salsa. The interior looks like Mexico while the outside patio also has a covered tent. Or, bring your chips and salsa or black bean soup home for a Mexican fiesta.
233 Main St., Lebanon
This small restaurant offering a taste of Mexico is a friendly, local place with seriously delicious food. “Excellent tacos de cabeza (tacos with beef cheek)!” wrote one happy customer.
Taqueria Pancho Villa
7 N. Essex St., Dover
A small place with a simple menu and excellent food, you can add what you like onto your tacos. Fans say these are authentic, Tijuana-style tacos.
Paramus, New Brunswick, Morristown, Montclair, Princeton, Jersey City
With six locations in the Garden State, Tacoria is popular for good reason — their tacos are fresh and consistently delicious. When choosing your protein, the pollo tinga (spicy pulled chicken) is the way to go.
Tacos Los Compas
1743 Rte. 88, Brick
Whether you choose chicken, steak or pork, you can’t go wrong with these yummy tacos. Their guacamole and salsa are a must-try too!
46 E. Main St., Somerville
Brussel sprouts in a taco? Only at Salted Lime does this actually look and taste delicious! The beef birria queso tacos are also on-trend, or go for more traditional tacos like the mojo pork or shrimp. The casual and fun atmosphere keeps locals coming back for more.
MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos
632 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park
The homemade Korean marinades and dressings here make these tacos exceptional. The spicy marinated pork belly is just so good in a taco, you can easily eat one (or three!).
Tortuga’s Mexican Village
41 Leigh Ave., Princeton
Their crispy tortillas, with choice of stuffing, lettuce and sauce are simple perfection. The fish tacos washed down with a cold Jarritos — it doesn’t get any better than this!
Tito’s Burritos & Wings
Ridgewood, Summit, Morristown, South Orange and Tenafly
Sink your teeth into Tito’s homemade tortillas and you’ll be a convert. If you’re brave enough, try the Hot Chip Challenge while you’re there. Then cool off your mouth with their Lollipop S’mores.
Taqueria Tacos (TKO)
8 W. Main St., Freehold
If you love traditional street tacos with corn tortillas, TKO is for you. Choose from steak, pastor, carnitas, chicken or Mexican sausage, fish, lengua (tongue), costilla (rib), cabeza (head) (yes, you read that right). The secret behind the two layers of tortillas is so that when the meat falls out of the first, it falls into the second so you have double the tacos!
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff
23 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood
Baja chicken tacos, brisket tacos and chipotle black bean garden tacos are all great choices here. These babies come three to an order and are served up with Mexican rice and your choice of black or refried beans (yum!).
Rosalita’s Roadside Cantina
180 Rte. 9, Englishtown
1048 Cedarbridge Ave., Brick Twp.
This Tex-Mex restaurant offers an Air, Land & Sea Platter featuring a chicken street taco, beef gringo taco and baja shrimp taco with rice and beans. For a different spin, you could also try the jerk chicken tacos, or cauliflower tacos for vegetarians. There are gluten-free taco shells upon request.
Orale Mexican Kitchen
Morristown, Hoboken, Jersey City
Orale has a party atmosphere surpassed only by its authentic Mexican food. There are 10 choices for tacos (note that some are not available as Taco Tuesday specials) but uniquely include salpicon (grilled halibut) and borracho (beer battered fish). There are separate brunch and tequila menus, too.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex
1150 S. Stiles St., Linden
365 Rte. 3, Clifton
Taco Tuesday offers a build-your-own-taco bar with your choice of chicken, steak, barbacoa or carnitas tacos, as well as happy hour from 3 p.m. to close. Tuesday is also Tequila Tuesday at Chevy’s.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
“Feed me tacos and tell me I’m pretty” is their mantra. You can build your own tacos with your choice of protein: sirloin steak, chicken, adobo chicken, ground beef, pork, organic tofu, or in select locations fish.
On the Border
New Brunswick, Mount Laurel, Princeton
Get your taco fix every Tuesday with a la carte tacos starting at $2. Discounts available in restaurant and on the online ordering site.
Cousins Maine Lobster
800 Ocean Ave. N., Asbury Park
Driving around to find this infamous food truck is definitely a great way to spend Taco Tuesday! Trucks come out of Freehold, Trenton, around the Jersey Shore and South Jersey. Check out the schedule online. If you aren’t up for traveling today, head to the sit-down restaurant along the boardwalk in Asbury Park. You get either three lobster, shrimp or fish tacos, and you can choose corn tortillas instead of flour. The pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce definitely give them a kick!
Check out these Taco Day deals:
Get one free taco on orders for delivery of $15 or more on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates or Grubhub today only. You must spend at least $15 on your order.
If you have room after dinner, Oct. 4 is also National Cinnamon Roll Day, so check out these sweet treats for dessert!