The Midwest is known for its meat and potato eaters, but that doesn’t mean residents don’t enjoy a good taco. But not just any old taco will do! Sure, one can take a shell and throw in some meat, lettuce, cheese and sauce. A real taco, however, the type legends speak of, is as much artistic endeavor as it is culinary. If you are craving a taco while in North Dakota, the following restaurants can give you what you need.
Arnaldo’s is one of the state’s premiere Mexican restaurants thanks in part to its authentic menu items and atmosphere. Although it has several popular dishes, like its carne asada or chille rellanos, it is also revered for its tacos, especially the shrimp variety. The taco meal, made up of a beef, a chicken, and a pork taco, is also a crowd favorite.
What began as a food truck has quickly evolved into a set of restaurants renowned for its tacos and burritos. Which generous portions, friendly service, and most importantly, amazing cuisine, Romo’s has made a name for itself throughout the Red River Valley. Be careful: Word is the tacos are addicting!
Located on North Hill, El Azteca specializes in food to go. Unlike traditional fast food restaurants, however, El Azteca provides diners with sit-down quality food. Family owned and operated, the restaurant prides itself on its authentic flavors. All dishes are made from scratch and the menu include vegetarian, spicy, and non-spicy options.
If you are craving a taco in Mandan, stop by Taqueria El Guerro. With an authentic atmosphere, homemade salsa, and fish/shrimp tacos that you’ll be talking about for weeks, one visit and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.
A treasured Grand Forks landmark for over 50 years, the Red Pepper recently brought its cult status and unbelievable food to Fargo. Although known for their grinders, the Red Pepper serves up a mean taco as well. Thanks to the Red Pepper’s homemade sauces, you will not find a similar taco anywhere in the state.
“Chips are free, dinner extra” is a tagline that has been enticing diners for decades. The tacos are loaded, the chips and salsa addicting, and the fried ice cream legendary. With five locations around the state, there is no excuse not to give their infamous menu a try.
A combination of authentic Mexican food and a hip atmosphere sets Vinyl Taco apart from other taco joints. With elevated taco dishes like crispy chicken (crispy crusted chicken, fresh spinach, shredded cheese, fresh diced mango and house-made sweet onion vinaigrette) and mango and shrimp a la parilla (grilled shrimp, creamed corn, pico, serrano-avocado salsa and jalapeño ranch), it is easy to see why the restaurant quickly became area favorites.
Fresh chips and homemade salsa might be enough to tempt you to visit Mi Mexico, but the culinary fun doesn’t end there. Whether you order an individual taco or one that is part of a specialty plate, you will quickly see why this restaurant is so popular among locals and visitors alike.
Although subtle when it comes to the building’s exterior, Mango’s menu is anything but. The restaurant’s daily specials are priced so low you’ll feel like you are eating for free. Try their grilled tacos, available in carnitas, steak, chicken or chorizo. You’ll never look at a regular taco the same again.
Tacos at an Italian restaurant? Fortunately for the taco lovers in your group, despite its name, there is nothing Italian about Italian Moon. Known for its beef and shredded chicken tacos, tostadas, and chili con queso, the restaurant is much more than just a fancy name.