Written by : Chris Libby

Yes, Tacos Can Brighten Up Your Day

Corn tortillas filled with meat and veggies

When it comes to foods that make you happy, I bet it doesn’t take long for tacos to make your short list. According to a survey conducted by OnePoll (commissioned by the meal kit delivery service HelloFresh), researchers asked participants about the foods that can instantly brighten up their day. Tacos topped the list, followed by the breakfast staple of bacon and eggs, and steak. That’s high praise for the traditional comfort food that originated from our neighbors to the south.

October 4th is National Taco Day and Yelp—the website and app that lets users sound off on local businesses with reviews, photos and other information—recently released its Top 100 Taco Spots in the US. Depending on where you live in the country, from Texas to California, the choices for a good local taco joint are abundant, such as Mami Coco in Dallas or Taco Nazos in L.A. But this list proves you don’t have to live closer to the border to still get a good taco. According to the Yelp, you can find some of the best local taco spots in unconventional places, including Shaka Tacoz in Hawaii, Los Tacos No. 1 in New York and Deckhand Dave’s Fish Tacos Alaska.

Yelp is also offering a $20,000 sweepstakes to users who love tacos and support local businesses. When the winner of the first-ever Taco Trailblazer award is chosen, they will then embark on the Yelp Taco Trail and visit some of those Top 100 Taco Spots in the United States and document their journey on the site.

Whether it’s the simplicity, versatility, convenience or they just plain taste great, tacos seem to offer much more to the soul than just sustenance, but we’ll leave that to the food experts to figure out. We’ll just continue to put smiles on our faces with a visit to the local taco shop.

Here are the some of the Top Taco Spots in the United States according to Yelp!:

  1.  Fernandez Restaurant – San Diego
  2.  Taco Nazo – Bellflower – Los Angeles
  3.  Taqueria Mi Ranchito – Los Angeles
  4.  Granny’s Tacos – Austin
  5.  Los Tacos No.1 – New York
  6.   Tacos Sinaloa – San Francisco
  7.   El Primo Tacos – Los Angeles
  8.   Bajamar Seafood & Tacos – Las Vegas
  9.   Shaka Tacoz – Hawaii
  10.   Mami Coco – Dallas
  11.   De Cabeza – San Diego
  12.   Deckhand Dave’s Fish Tacos – Alaska
  13.   Jazzy’s Kitchen – Hawaii
  14.   Taqueria El Asador – Pensacola
  15.   Mariscos Mi Gusto Es – San Diego
  16.   Street Tacos and Grill – Los Angeles
  17.   Tacos Jalisco – Key Largo
  18.   Tranky’s Tacos – Dallas
  19.   El Chile Toreado – Santa Fe
  20.   Birrieria Little Tijuana – Los Angeles/Riverside
  21.   Cocina Madrigal – Phoenix
  22.   Edgewater Tacos – Chicago
  23.   Chicali Tacos – Las Vegas
  24.   Tacos Aya Yay – Denver
  25.   La Bamba Mexican Grill Restaurant – Phoenix
  26.   Taqueria Pollo Asado – Seattle
  27.   Tlaolli – Indiana
  28.   Del Seoul – Chicago
  29.   Str8 Up Tacos – Los Angeles
  30.   Porque No? Tacos – San Francisco
  31.   Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa – Phoenix
  32.   Guerra’s Krazy Taco – Ohio
  33.   Tacos Del Chavo – Atlanta
  34.   SoyMexican Veggie-Vegan Eatery – Las Vegas
  35.   Frogtowns Gourmet Tacos – Los Angeles
  36.   El Gallo Giro Taco Truck – San Francisco
  37.   Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro – Denver
  38.   Tacos La Pasadita – Utah
  39.   Dos Mundos – Portland
  40.   Tacos Y Mariscos Las Islitas – Hawaii
  41.   Tacos El Gordo – San Diego
  42.   TaquerEATa – Hawaii
  43.   Tacos Los Panchos – Utah
  44.   Tacos El Chilango Food Truck – Virginia
  45.   Fish Company Taco – Galveston
  46.   TACO-BOOK Taqueria – Seattle
  47.   Benny’s Tacos & Rotisserie Chicken – Westchester –  Los Angeles
  48.   Taqueria La Loma – Ohio
  49.   Tres Amigos – Arizona
  50.   Birria & Barbacoa de chivo Los Compadre’s – Louisiana
  51.   Sangria On the Burg – San Antonio
  52.   Tacotarian – Las Vegas
  53.   Antojitos Izcalli – Alabama
  54.   Cuantos Tacos – Austin
  55.   Birria Landia Williamsburg – New York
  56.   Taqueria Nuevo Leon – Carrollton
  57.   Los Mariscos – New York
  58.   Sabrina’s West Street Kitchen – Reno
  59.   Xochi – Seattle
  60.   Taqueria El Amigo – Boston
  61.   Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos – Memphis
  62.   El Super Taco – Phoenix
  63.   Los Agavez Taqueria – Ohio
  64.   La Lupita Taco Restaurant – Houston
  65.   Los Bocados – Parkland, Florida
  66.   Titas Taco House – Humble, Texas
  67.   Just Tacos and More – Phoenix
  68.   Chris’ Ice Cream – Indianapolis
  69.   Chino Loco Taqueria – Michigan
  70.   Lolis Mexican Cravings – Tampa
  71.   El Cuate – Oregon
  72.   La Cocina Mexican Street Food – Utah
  73.   Taco Culture Taco Shop Arizona – Phoenix
  74.   Tacos Nayarit – South Carolina
  75.   Arun’s Indian Kitchen & Taco Masala – Lauderhill, Florida
  76.   Slope & Hatch – Colorado
  77.   La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas – Colorado
  78.   El Taco Feliz – Hawaii
  79.   Yellow City Street Food – Amarillo
  80.   Forastero – Chicago
  81.   Acevedos Hawaicano Café – Hawaii
  82.   Lane’s Quickie Tacos – Arkansas
  83.   143 Street Tacos – Arizona
  84.   Tacos Doña Lena – Houston
  85.   The Taco King – Houston
  86.   La Plaza Supermarket – Ohio
  87.   Nanys Tacos – Arizona
  88.   J Zapata – Pennsylvania
  89.   Cafe Nube – New York
  90.   Flavia’s Kitchen – Austin
  91.   Taco Bamba – Virginia
  92.   Tacos Pihuamo – Oregon
  93.   Taco El Chingon – NY State
  94.   Cinco De mayo Taqueria – Spring, Texas
  95.   Quesabirria Jalisco Tacos – Chicago
  96.   Las Palmas – Pennsylvania
  97.   Dos Hermanos Taco Truck – Alabama
  98.   El Paisa – New Mexico
  99.   Alegria Tacos – Oakland Park, Florida
  100.  La Reforma Brewery – New Mexico
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