Tableside guacamole, more than 200 tequilas and one of the most enviable patios around are the primary motivations to visit this lively hub inside the 4th Street S.W. Rose building. For a proper meal, options include Mexican staples like tacos and chili relleno as well as fusion-y dishes like queso fondue and poké bowls. Check out “halfy hour” daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close for half-priced tequila and tacos as well as $6 margaritas and beer.
2, 2116 4 St. S.W., 587-353-2656, anejo.ca
Moose and Poncho
This hidden gem in Chinatown’s Far East Shopping Centre landed on our 2020 list of Best New Restaurants thanks to its commitment to top-quality tacos made from scratch in small quantities each day. Aside from the chorizo rojo (red sausage), chicharrón (crispy pressed pork) and suadero (a smooth, thin cut of beef) tacos, rotating selections of salsas, agua frescas and seasonal entrees are available.
18, 132 3 Ave. S.E., 403-452-1846
This bustling Beltline hotspot is beloved for its make-your-own family style tacos and individual tacos a la carte. While those are worth repeat visits on their own, it should be noted that some of the menu’s highlights are non-taco fare: the hamburguesa al carbon, takeout-only burrito and house-baked doughnuts prove Native Tongues is much more than a one-trick pony.
235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca
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