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We never need an excuse to eat tacos, but National Taco Day on Oct. 4 gives us reason to expand our horizons and discover delicious tacos from some of Raleigh’s most popular mobile eateries. The following taco trucks are home to what some may say are the best tacos in the Triangle—their tortillas are fresh, their fillings hot and the unique salsas and sauces that top the tacos off are so good you’ll want to start hoarding them. Not only is their food delicious, but these food trucks are also all reliably located in permanent spots around town—so no matter when a taco craving hits, you’ll know where to find them.
220 East Six Forks Road
Perfect for pre-gym, post-gym or no gym at all, Gym Tacos is known around Raleigh for mouthwatering tacos, burritos, tortas and tostadas loaded with flavorful meats and fresh toppings. The bright orange truck attracts passersby on Six Forks Road daily; whether you’re on the way home from work or coming from a grocery trip, it’s impossible not to stop once you get a whiff of spicy seared meats wafting through the air. One of the most popular options is the Gym Taco (natch), a handmade corn tortilla filled with shrimp, homemade chipotle mayo, greens, pico de gallo and avocado cream. On second thought, you should definitely skip the gym and just eat here.
Lobos Tacos Y Pupusas
6908 Glenwood Ave.
You’ll want to come to Lobos on an empty stomach because the menu is loaded with a delicious variety of Mexican and Salvadorian dishes that are just too good to pass up. Take the tlayudas cualquier carne, an Oaxacan-inspired dish consisting of a large, partially fried tortilla loaded with refried beans, shredded meat, lettuce, tomato, avocado, Oaxaca cheese and cream. Then there’s the tacos and pupusas—the truck’s namesakes—which come with your choice of freshly made fillings. Did we also mention they have Mexican hot dogs?
Park N Shop Gas Station
421 E. Chatham St., Cary
Las Gringas is a signature Mexican dish consisting of flour tortillas topped with queso oaxaca (mozzarella cheese), carne al pastor, pineapple, and salsa roja or salsa verde. The food truck’s signature dish is fresh, warm and filling—everything you want in a quick meal. Las Gringas also offers tacos with your choice of carne al pastor (pork), chicken, carne asada (beef) or chorizo, burritos, nachos and Mexican egg rolls. Save room for the churros for dessert.
El Rey del Taco
3600 Capital Blvd.
901 Hodges St.
What makes this food truck’s tacos so great is the made-to-order tortillas, which come filled with your choice of barbacoa, asada, chorizo, carnitas or pollo, among other meat options; cilantro; onion and two specialty salsas—tomatillo-avocado and a spicy, smoky chipotle. The loaded tortas are equally appetizing. Try the Especial with jamón (a dry-cured ham), queso and al pastor, the Hawaiana with chorizo, jamón, queso and pineapple, or the Cubana, filled with a collection of meats that’s so giant you’ll want to save some for another meal but is too delicious not to devour in one sitting.
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