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The Best Mexican Food in Tacoma

Community Post December 20, 2016

On the hunt for some authentic street tacos? Craving homemade tamales and a happy hour margarita? Believe it or not, Tacoma is home to some absolutely delicious (and we hear pretty darn close to authentic) Mexican fare!

When your taste buds are ready to head south of the border, you’ll want to be sure to have these Tacoma Mexican food recommendations on hand:

Vuelve A La Vida: #1 Recommended

Located at 5310 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98408
Hours: Open Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 8pm + Sunday 11am - 11:30pm

Located in South Tacoma right on Pacific Avenue, Vuelve A La Vida is the absolute favorite Mexican restaurant of several of our real estate agents. “The most authentic Mexican is supposed to be Vuelve A La Vida in South Tacoma!” says REALTOR® Marguerite Giguere. REALTOR® Brandy Brazeau and REALTOR® Michael Duggan agree—the food is so good and rumored to be the most authentic Mexican around town.

REALTOR® Sharon Benson can vouch for that: “Vuelve A La Vida on Pacific is the most authentic Mexican and very, very good… [and that’s coming] from a Southern California girl! You won’t get chips and salsa or margaritas… but you can get a bucket of Coronas & homemade tamales!”

At Vuelve A La Vida, expect a menu with all of your favorites, including a long list of tacos made in “the traditional way,” several types of burritos, tortas, and soups, an impressive seafood menu, and even Mexican breakfast.
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Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar: Happy Hour Galore!

Located at 4102 South 56th Street Tacoma, WA 98409
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm

Moctezuma’s has a few locations in the area (including one in Gig Harbor), but we’re lucky to have one in the heart of South Tacoma! Both REALTOR® Linda Solheim and REALTOR® Zac Schon highly recommend Moctezuma, and Zac raves about their carne asada and incredible happy hours. Enjoy $5 margaritas on Monday, $2 tacos on Tuesdays, all-day happy hour on Sunday, and more deals—see ‘em all here.

Check out their menus here (including a gluten-free menu + cantina menu) but be careful—if you’re not hungry now, you will be after seeing their long list of tantalizing dishes!
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Ricos Tacos Truck: Keeping it Simple

Located at 5015 Center St Tacoma, Washington
Hours: Open every day 10am - 9pm

Tucked away on Regents Boulevard near Lowe’s in Central Tacoma, you’ll find Ricos Tacos in the nearby gas station parking lot. “Street tacos are my favorite, and the Horchata [is another favorite menu item]. But they have a wide variety and it all is good,” says REALTOR® Jeri-Kay Lerew.

We also asked REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet what to order: “My favorite? Street tacos. Tacos for president!” Well then—that settles it!
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El Toro Mexican Restaurant & Cantina: High-Quality Ingredients & Atmosphere
See all locations here

With a few different locations in the area (including Lakewood, Westgate, Parkland, University Place, and Puyallup) El Toro is a local favorite. REALTOR® Kelli Jo Hjalseth loves their food (see the complete menus here!) and REALTOR® Jenny Gullikson says they have the best margaritas!
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Taqueria El Sabor: From Taco Truck to 3 Restaurant Locations
Located at 1636 S. Mildred St. Tacoma, WA 98466 (see all locations here)

Back in 1997, Taqueria El Sabor started out with a taco truck in Kent, and little by little they were able to expand into their current locations. They’re all about serving authentic Mexican food, and our Administrative Assistant & File Manager Heather Eck believes it’s some of the best: “Taqueria El Sabor has the best Mexican food, hands down. Authentic and priced well!” Check out their website to browse their mouthwatering menu!
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El Zocalo Tortas Y Bakery: One Stop For Sweet & Savory

Located at 701 S 38th St, Tacoma, Washington
Hours: Open every day 9am - 10pm

“You know I'm all about the hole-in-the-wall places!” says REALTOR® John Douville. John recommends El Zocalo Tortas Y Bakery on South Tacoma Way for fabulous Mexican cuisine. Tacos, sandwiches, burritos, windows filled with baked sweets and much more are all on the menu here!
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Memo’s: Open 24/7

Located at 1703 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405 (see all locations here)
Hours: Open 24/7

“My son Colton and his buddies love Memo's,” shares WPP Owner & REALTOR® Michael Robinson. “Looks like a hole-in-the-wall place to me but they swear by it!” Located on Tacoma’s hoppin’ 6th Ave in Central Tacoma, Memo’s uses all-natural ingredients in their huge menu that shows off 20 burritos and some very reasonable catering options.  
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Funky Iguana: Family-Owned & Operated

Located at 3802 S Cedar St Tacoma, Washington
Hours: Open Monday 11am - 8pm, Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 8:30pm, Friday 11am - 9pm, Saturday 12pm - 8pm, Sunday - closed

Located near the Tacoma Mall in South Tacoma, Funky Iguana comes highly recommended by REALTOR® Krista Osborne: “Funky Iguana has amazing, authentic, delicious Mexican food complete with colorful rooster and iguana statues, comfortable seating, incredible customer service, [and food that is beyond yummy!]” After a long day of shopping at the mall, drop by Funky Iguana to dine in or pick up a few tacos and burritos to go!
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