As far as local chains go, Anna's gets our vote for consistency, quality, and speediness. Barbacoa tacos are new to the menu; the spicy shredded beef is topped with diced onions, cilantro, and a splash of lime.
Taqueria Mexico is another Waltham gem. It's a bit bigger than Taqueria el Amigo (with slower service, admittedly), but their chewy pork-rind (chicharron) tacos drenched in tangy green sauce are worth the wait.
Mexican Restaurant in Somerville, MA, United States
What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in homestyle warmth. We opt for the adobada pork tacos splashed with a smoky red sauce. There's also a glassed-in tray with daily specials like squash blossoms and tamales, spooned up by friendly servers.
Seafood Restaurant in Brookline, MA, United States
Here you'll find a delicious spicy lobster taco appetizer with avocado mousse and mango salsa. Unlike many tacos on our roster, these are hard-shell specialties (which comes in handy when scooping up that tasty mousse).
We love the namesake taco at this cozy Brookline spot. This spicy battered pollock taco with salsa fresca, radishes, and spicy chipotle crema is a tiny taste of California in Coolidge Corner. Service is super-friendly, too.
South American Restaurant in Boston, MA, United States
Michael Schlow's something-for-everyone Back Bay restaurant has a solid roster of tacos, and we're partial to the fried-chicken variety. It's slathered with a sinful, spicy buttermilk dressing. Not the most authentic taco on our list, but it's satisfying.
Seafood Restaurant in Cambridge, MA, United States
Restaurants and culinary trends come and go, but we cling to one truism: The tuna tacos at East Coast Grill are forever delicious. Their signature dish even feels a bit healthy, coupled as it is with avocado and lime-pickled jicama.