In a city like Portland where there are so many high-end options, it can be easy to overlook the wide range of taco options available throughout the city. Whether it’s a quick bite for lunch, vegetarian, seafood, and off-the-beaten path tacos, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to eating tacos in Portland, Maine.
Crispy Tacos – Taco Escobarr
Through the height of summer, you’ll almost always see a line out the door at Taco Escobarr along Congress Street. There’s a good reason for it. Their menu features some of the very best crispy tacos you’ll find in the region. Stuff those tacos with Bisteck or Al Pastor and you’ll thank us later.
Soft Tacos – Mash Tun
For decades, Wharf Street had a reputation as simply a late-night party zone. A lot has changed in the last few years with new establishments opening serving incredible bites. That includes Mash Tun, whose concise menu features soft tacos that you’ll devour and then keep dreaming about days afterward.
Fish Tacos/Bowl – El Rayo Taqueira
A lot of people from great distances for the seafood served in Portland. Fish tacos are always in high demand and El Rayo along Free Street has expanded on their most popular menu item over the years. Not only do they serve up fish tacos, but you can grab them in bowl or burrito form as well.
Lobster Tacos – Highroller Lobster Co.
If you’ve scoured our ultimate guide to lobster in Portland, then you know all about the crazy concoction at Highroller Lobster Co. on Exchange Street. It’s a wild variation on a lobster roll that plays far more like a taco than a traditional roll. It’s proof that lobster and tacos can come together for one glorious bite.
Taco Salad – The Great Lost Bear
The Great Lost Bear on Forest Avenue remains one of Portland’s true treasures and it’s not just for the crazy amount of taplines. Throughout their extensive menu, there are some true gems, including their taco ensalada. It’s an onslaught of everything you’d want in a deconstructed taco and delivered to under the guise that it’s a salad. We all know better.
Vegetarian Tacos – Copper Branch
Sitting in a can’t miss location at One Canal Plaza, Copper Branch is all about vegetarian and vegan goodness. They’ve been getting rave reviews for their tacos pura vida, served on cactus tortillas. Before you knock it, close your eyes and take a bite. It’ll blow your mind.
Unique Tacos – Bird & Co.
Hitch a ride to Deering Avenue and make a stop at Bird & Co. for some of the most unique tacos served in Portland. They’re continually offering weekend specials, from brunch tacos or seasonal inventions. If you’re looking for something always on the menu, try the Banh Mi tacos.
Fast Casual Tacos – Lupita’s
When having a little fun in the Old Port, the day can quickly can get away from you. If you need to feed that belly and do it quickly, Lupita’s on Exchange Street offers up great fast casual tacos for anyone with a busy schedule.
Taco Deal – Amigo’s
Locals know Amigo’s 0n Dana Street as a place to watch live tunes, catch up with friends, play some pool or darts and just hang. But Amigo’s also has the best taco deal in town on (you guessed it) Tuesday. Each taco is just 99 cents. Plan accordingly.
Taco Food Truck – Tacos Del Seoul
The food truck scene in Portland is hot and you better believe there’s a taco truck. Taco Del Seoul serves up some crazy delicious Korean-Mexican tacos. If you need help finding Tacos Del Seoul or any other food truck, make sure to download the FoodTrux app right now.
Dessert Tacos – Nosh or Terlingua
Don’t fool yourself into believing that tacos can only be savory. Portland is home to one of the very best dessert tacos you’ll ever eat, and it can be found at different hotspots around the city. The Frisky Whisk is behind these succulent treats and after crushing a burger at Nosh or barbecue at Terlingua, make sure you save room for dessert.