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10 Best Tacos in Asheville, North Carolina

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Updated: 7 March 2018
Naming the 10 best tacos in a taco-heavy town like Asheville can be quite a feat. Then, the debate over what the best taco means comes into play. Best classic taco? Most authentic taco? Craziest taco? To satisfy any taco craving, we included a mix of flavors to suit whatever taco dreams someone may have when on the hunt for tasty tacos in Asheville. This list also doubles as a roundup of Asheville’s best taco joints.
Zia Taqueria

Portabella mushroom taco

Zia Taqueria’s portabella mushroom taco gets lots of love from locals, and the key may just be in the red onion balsamic cumin marinade that Zia uses to make sure vegetarians – or those just eating mushroom tacos because they’re delicious – won’t miss the meat at all.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Wed :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$
White Duck Taco

Bangkok shrimp taco

White Duck Taco’s Bangkok shrimp tacos are so good, copycats forced the owners to get the recipe trademarked. This flavor combination does get a boost from being fried, but the flavor explosion is worth the extra calories.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat :
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Taco Billy

Mama’s Favorite taco

As one of the newer taco spots in town Taco Billy has made a name for itself as a go-to place for breakfast tacos from 7 am to 3 pm. For a unique twist on the taco genre, try Mama’s Favorite, wrapped in a plantain tortilla and filled with sausage, eggs, spinach, sweet potato and goat cheese. Easy to see why these hearty breakfast tacos easily end up as lunch tacos, too.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat :
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Budget
$
AVL Tacos & Taps

Buffalo chicken taco

If you’re a taco purist and don’t think buffalo chicken tacos should be on a top 10 taco list, skip this one. But if the idea of hot buffalo chicken surrounded by shredded lettuce and two hits of bleu cheese in dressing form and crumbles, head to AVL Tacos and Taps. Just look for the giant luchador sign of this drive-thru joint.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
Mojo Kitchen & Lounge

Smoked chicken taco

Mojo Kitchen keeps its taco options simple: go for an a la carte taco with your choice of protein, or go for a two-taco plate served with housemade chips and salsa. The smoked chicken is a cornerstone of its menu and shows up in sandwiches, pita pizzas and plates, but really shines in its tacos.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue :
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Fri :
11:00 am - 3:30 pm 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat :
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Budget
$
Chupacabra Latin Cafe

Bahn Mi taco

To go in a completely different taco direction, make your way to Chupacabra Latin Cafe for its Bahn Mi tacos – its catch-of-the-day tacos are usually pretty amazing, too. The Bahn Mi starts with corn tortillas topped with super-thick, housemade pork belly bacon crisped up and tossed with a carrot Asian slaw, cucumber and queso fresco.

 

Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Polanco Restaurant

Mole taco

Polanco Restaurant considers itself an artisanal Mexican culinary destination, meaning it’s more of an entree place for dinner. But for lunch, the chefs condense their famous mole dish into a taco version with literally over 30 ingredients coming together to create a truly sensational taco.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri :
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat :
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Budget
$$
Taqueria Munoz

Beef taco

For a classic beef taco, Taqueria Munoz takes the cake. In fact, when new brewery Zillocoah was looking for a food truck partner, it turned to this authentic, down-home spot to expand its brick-and-mortar presence to a food truck version. Think homemade corn tortillas and a condiment bar and low prices. Bonus: it has a Mexican grocery next door so you can stock up on taco-making ingredients for home after your meal.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Mamacita's Taco Temple

Panela Taco

Taco Temple, sister restaurant to popular Mamacita’s, has lots of outdoor seating and unique tacos, like al pastor, Santa Barbara, Toluca, and Loreto. Yet, many fans turn to the panela taco, which combines black beans, pickled onion and roasted poblano peppers with griddled panela cheese for an almost Mexican-style grilled cheese.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
The Grey Eagle Taqueria

Vegan Chorizo Taco

If you’re in the mood for tacos with a side of music, check out the lineup at The Grey Eagle. In-the-know concertgoers like to show up early to nosh and enjoy some drinks before heading into the listening room, and many of them choose the vegan chorizo whether they are meat eaters or not – it’s that good.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$