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The Quest for the Holy Taco


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Three years after moving back to Vancouver from Southern California, I have yet to find a decent taco in this city. Sure, you can go to any Mexican restaurant here and order a taco. But they’re nothing like the tacos you find in SoCal at taquerías or roach-coach lunch trucks.

Are you ready to join me on the quest for the best taco in Vancouver?

The tacos of my dreams are simple. Two small flour or corn tortillas, topped with meat – pork, chicken or beef – onions and cilantro. Add a dollop of salsa, either roja or verde, and you have taco perfection.

Unfortunately, most Mexican restaurants in Vancouver don’t generally offer this delicious simplicity. They serve huge “tacos” – heavily ladened with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole and sour cream, and often served in a deep fried, hard shell. Now, there is something to be said for this version of the taco, but I miss the simple SoCal version that I know and love.

So, I have embarked upon a quest. I will find the holy taco here in Vancouver. I will search high and low until I find THE ONE. Suggestions welcome!

[photo: M@rkopako]

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