When you’ve had your fill of hummus, sabich and shakshuka, go for a taste of Mexico in the Holy Land.
For YouTube sensation Paulina Cocina, who runs the most visited Spanish recipe sites in Latin America, tacos are a true classic of international gastronomy and can be enjoyed in cities across the world.
In Israel, a country open to all palates, tacos are favorites. Perhaps because it is a cross between falafel and shawarma, perhaps because of the trips that Israelis make to Latin America after their military service or perhaps because all the fillings are within reach.
ISRAEL21c created this guide to the five best places to eat tacos in the country. If you think any are missing, let us know in the comments. (Click here to read this article in Spanish, and click here for a list of the 10 best Latin restaurants in Israel.)
It took Luis Cruz Salinas Hernández, a native of Oaxaca, barely five years to conquer the palates and hearts of the Israelis residing in Jerusalem — and not only them but also people from all over the country who agree with his assertion that Tacos Luis serves “the best tacos outside of Mexico.”
Tacos Luis specializes in tacos al pastor (marinated turkey meat with spices and pineapple) but also serves different dishes with barbecue or garlic roast meat and rice with beans.
What else could you call a restaurant where the main course is tacos?
With a location in one of the most vibrant areas of Tel Aviv, for 11 years Taquería has been a meeting place for locals and foreigners who share tables to savor the house specialty: beer-battered cod tacos served with green and tartar sauces or burritos.
The menu also offers quesadillas and burritos, with vegan options. We recommend starting the meal with nachos and San Miguel beer or a michelada.
Both the tacos with meat and the vegan ones with mushrooms at this Mexican bar and restaurant in the Florentin neighborhood in South Tel Aviv are already a culinary classic among the younger crowd.
Bohemians and tourists alike are part of a unique atmosphere flavored by the stupendous traditional Aztec dishes that are favorites in Israel’s most vibrant city.
To sweeten the palate after some tasty tacos, we recommend the homemade flan with caramel and, why not, a classic margarita with Cuervo tequila (from Sunday to Thursday between 5 and 8pm, drinks are 1+1).
Where: 2 Vital Street, Tel Aviv
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5-11:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 1pm to midnight