La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop has been offering authentic Mexican tacos in the heart of downtown Vancouver since 2009. We checked out that particular location a while ago here, and recently stopped by their second shop on the corner of Cambie Street and West Broadway in Fairview.
La Taqueria was born through the idea of creating a pinche taco stand, which resemble the taste and feel of street tacos around Mexico. These tacos are usually considered the greatest and are often referred to as “pinche” tacos.
They claim to serve the “Best Tacos in Vancouver”, using fresh locally made 100% corn tortillas, free range meats, and house made hot salsas. They make their tacos from traditional recipes with organic and sustainable products, whenever possible.
La Taqueria’s menu offers different types of meat and fish fillings for tacos and quesadillas ($6.00), along with vegan and vegetarian options as well.
Tacos are priced at $2.50 each or $9.50 for 4, while veggie tacos cost $2.00 each or four for $7.00 – all reasonably priced considering they use quality ingredients.
We stopped by on a weekday afternoon and the place was packed! Luckily, we managed to grab a table towards the back of the small establishment.
Taco specials of the day were Mexican Chorizo and Mushrooms in Garlic Sauce and we decided to order eight tacos total, and enjoyed bottled Coke and Jarritos Mandarin flavour, both $2.00 each.
Pollo Con Mole is made with local Maple Hills chicken and chocolate mole sauce. FYI: Those with allergies you’ll want to note this taco contains nuts. Pescado has grilled seasonal fish with pico de gallo. The fish taco was my overall favourite out of the eight because it was a lot lighter and less oily than the other proteins.
Asada includes grilled ‘AAA’ flank beef, and De Cachete contains braised beef cheeks. De Lengua has braised beef tongue, while we tried the special of the day, Mexican Chorizo. Tacos are served with lime wedges and customers can help themselves to a variety of house made salsas.
Overall, La Taqueria certainly serves authentic Mexican tacos as we’ve had the real deal on the streets throughout the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. La Taqueria’s tacos are indeed fresh and tasty. However, the thing that I personally don’t adore about authentic Mexican tacos is the tortillas. For me, they always have a very abrupt corn flavour that I feel significantly overpowers all the other ingredients in each taco. But that’s just my opinion.
If authentic Mexican tacos are your thing, then you’re going to want to ándale! to La Taqueria like Speedy Gonzales — either Fairview or their downtown location (322 West Hastings). Both La Taqueria shops are great places for a quick snack or a light lunch because you have to consume plenty of these tacos to actually get full. Tip: Follow La Taqueria on Facebook and Twitter for deals and daily specials.