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Let’s Talk Tacos

We’re living every day like it’s Taco Tuesday!

Life’s too short to dedicate just one day a week to tacos, especially in NEPA, where we have so many cool taco trucks, modern Mexican restaurants and authentic neighborhood taquerias. Some places keep it traditional with corn tortillas topped with cilantro and onion, while others go Tex-Mex style with crispy, fried shells and creative toppings. Either way, there’s no going back to those store-bought taco kits again.

Tacos might just be the perfect food: so simple, so versatile and so delicious. Sure, it’s impossible to eat them gracefully, but that won’t stop us. Head to these local restaurants to get your taco fix. Call or check online to learn more about seating availability, takeout and other safety procedures.

  • El Buen Amigo

    El Buen Amigo in Scranton makes their own homemade tortillas, fills them with your choice of meat and tops it all off with cilantro and onion. Insider tip: order a side of the freshly made guac and chips. You’ll never call avocados “basic” ever again.

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  • Taqueria J. Zapata

    Pull over as soon as you see that famous yellow taco truck. Taqueria J. Zapata is the real deal when it comes to Mexican food, and their tacos are no exception. Stop by their trucks in Hazleton, Drums and Butler Township or visit their new brick and mortar location in the Laurel Mall.

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  • El Rey Azteca

    El Rey Azteca in Wilkes-Barre has a huge menu, but we’ll point you right to the Mexico City al pastor tacos. They bring spicy pork and sweet roasted pineapple together in delicious harmony. The Morelos steak tacos are another favorite made with a tried-and-true family recipe.

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  • Brass Buckle Restaurant

    This modern Tex-Mex restaurant in Conyngham whips up gourmet street tacos with fillers like ahi tuna, Moroccan shrimp, Kobe beef and lobster. No worries if you can’t choose— just order a taco flight to sample three different kinds.

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  • Margarita Azul

    Margarita Azul’s authentic soft shell tacos have all your favorite fillers, including meats, seafood and vegetarian options. This Wilkes-Barre cantina keeps the fiesta going with tons of signature drinks.

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  • CK’s Cantina & Grill

    This Tex-Mex joint in Dallas devotes a huge part of the menu just to tacos. If you’re stuck, go for the fire-grilled street tacos topped with tangy lime, queso fresco, pico de gallo and lime avocado cream. Bonus: CK’s has a full bar (hello, Mason jar sangrias!), outdoor seating and an ice cream stand.

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  • Zack’s Taco Shack

    Zack’s Taco Shack in Tannersville kicks things up a notch with creative specials and gourmet toppings like shredded pork and slow-braised chicken. For a quick bite, grab a boardwalk taco. It’s all the fixings tossed in a bag and served with a fork for maximum taco efficiency.

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  • Tequila Mexican Bar and Grill

    This modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Scranton makes tacos stuffed with everything from pulled pork to beer-battered mahi mahi. And with a name like Tequila, you have to pair it with one of their 20 signature margaritas.

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  • Hacienda Volcan

    Hacienda Volcan in Scranton delivers a little piece of Mexico in every bite. They serve authentic tacos with just about every kind of filler you can think of, from chorizo to spicy tinga and everything in between.

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  • Chicano’s Restaurant

    Don’t let the size fool you. This tiny restaurant in Scranton has a huge local following for a reason. They whip up fresh-made tacos and other Mexican dishes faster than you can say “Taco Tuesday.”

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  • Italo’s Restaurant

    The whole “soft shell versus hard shell” thing is a serious debate. Luckily, Italo’s has you covered no matter what side you’re on. Be sure to try the refreshing fish tacos topped with grilled tilapia, slaw and avocado.

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  • Gramps Eatery

    Hold up, tacos at a comfort food place? Absolutely! Gramps Eatery in Bloomsburg makes creative combos inspired by flavors from around the world. We’re talking Korean BBQ, Indian curry, Caribbean jerk and more.

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  • Tequila Sunrise

    Tequila Sunrise in Milford makes Mexican cuisine using family recipes. Whether you like the authentic soft shell or Tex-Mex hard shell, they have you covered. They’re BYOB and offer outdoor seating.

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  • Fiesta on Main

    Get your taco fix at Fiesta on Main in downtown Honesdale. Try the Tacos Fiesta with steak, chorizo, onion and cilantro in a soft corn tortilla. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

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  • Taqueria El Paraiso

    When it comes to authentic tacos and Mexican dishes, this restaurant in Wilkes-Barre really is paradise. Pick your favorite filling, like chicken, beef, pork, chorizo, shrimp and more.

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And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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