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9 Awesome Ann Arbor Tacos

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Everyone loves a good taco. These envelopes of ingredients aren’t just a street food. They’re an excellent vessel for intense flavors. Whether it’s traditional fillings not commonly seen outside of Mexico or experimental versions with taro tortillas, Ann Arbor can’t get enough tacos. people can’t get enough of them. Here are nine of the top spots to satisfy that taco craving around Tree Town.

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1. Chela's Restaurant and Taqueria

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693 S Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 332-6055
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This popular west side taqueria serves tacos, tortas, and other Mexican favorites. Along with standard fillings of carne asada and chorizo are several vegetarian options like potatoes with chiles and poblano peppers with cheese.

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2. Taco King

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2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 585-5796
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Located inside the Tienda La Libertad, Taco King has over a dozen different meat and vegetable options. Those inspired by the delicious tacos can peruse the Latin American grocery to find all the necessary ingredients for an at-home Mexican feast.

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3. El Manantial

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211 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI

El Manantial serves its fresh Mexican food with a healthy dose of vitamin D thanks to its location in Mark’s Carts, the popular downtown food truck court. The tacos with pierna en adobo, slow cooked pork leg in adobo sauce, is full of spice and earthiness.

4. Black Pearl

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302 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 222-0400
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This popular Main Street restaurant is known for its award-winning fish tacos as much as its cocktails and oysters. The combination of smoky chipotle, lime, and crisp slaw adds a terrific mix of spice and texture to the tortilla-crusted tilapia.

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5. Isalita

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341A E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 213-7400
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Isalita is the neighboring sibling to the award-winning Italian eatery Mani Osteria. Like Mani, Isalita features elevated versions of familiar food items using local ingredients. Don’t miss the grilled shrimp taco topped with papaya mango salsa and chicken tinga with crema and radish.

6. Slurping Turtle

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608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 887-6868
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Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi’s homage to Japanese comfort food is probably the most unexpected place for a taco. Among the various rice and noodle dishes is the outstanding hamachi taco, a crisp taro root shell with yellowtail tartare topped with a truffle-soy sauce.

Three taro root shell hamachi tacos. John Reyes

7. Cantina Taqueria and Bar

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1140 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 222-3715
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Tacos are front and center at this popular campus nighttime hangout. Traditional fillings share the menu with inspired flavors such as smoked pork belly with onion marmalada and pineapple and a vegan mushroom taco with plantains and mole sauce.

8. Tmaz Taqueria

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3182 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 477-6089
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Because of its flavorful tacos and other Mexican favorites, TMaz has grown from a small counter in a bakery to occupying three storefronts. In addition to the classic fillings of carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo are authentic specialties like pork rinds with ranchero salsa and cochinita pivil, a shredded pork hailing from the Yucatan Peninsula.

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9. Maiz Mexican Cantina

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36 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI
(734) 340-6010
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This downtown Ypsilanti spot features popular Tex-Mex dishes made with fresh ingredients and a few twists. The chicken fresco taco is topped with mango salsa and gets a kick from a habanero-garlic sauce. The fried avocado taco has a bright slaw that balances the richness of the avocados and cilantro aioli.

1. Chela's Restaurant and Taqueria

693 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI
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This popular west side taqueria serves tacos, tortas, and other Mexican favorites. Along with standard fillings of carne asada and chorizo are several vegetarian options like potatoes with chiles and poblano peppers with cheese.

693 S Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, MI

2. Taco King

2231 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI
Taco King Ann Arbor

Located inside the Tienda La Libertad, Taco King has over a dozen different meat and vegetable options. Those inspired by the delicious tacos can peruse the Latin American grocery to find all the necessary ingredients for an at-home Mexican feast.

2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI

3. El Manantial

211 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI

El Manantial serves its fresh Mexican food with a healthy dose of vitamin D thanks to its location in Mark’s Carts, the popular downtown food truck court. The tacos with pierna en adobo, slow cooked pork leg in adobo sauce, is full of spice and earthiness.

211 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI

4. Black Pearl

302 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI
John Reyes

This popular Main Street restaurant is known for its award-winning fish tacos as much as its cocktails and oysters. The combination of smoky chipotle, lime, and crisp slaw adds a terrific mix of spice and texture to the tortilla-crusted tilapia.

302 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI

5. Isalita

341A E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI

Isalita is the neighboring sibling to the award-winning Italian eatery Mani Osteria. Like Mani, Isalita features elevated versions of familiar food items using local ingredients. Don’t miss the grilled shrimp taco topped with papaya mango salsa and chicken tinga with crema and radish.

341A E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI

6. Slurping Turtle

608 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI
Three taro root shell hamachi tacos. John Reyes

Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi’s homage to Japanese comfort food is probably the most unexpected place for a taco. Among the various rice and noodle dishes is the outstanding hamachi taco, a crisp taro root shell with yellowtail tartare topped with a truffle-soy sauce.

608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI

7. Cantina Taqueria and Bar

1140 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Tacos are front and center at this popular campus nighttime hangout. Traditional fillings share the menu with inspired flavors such as smoked pork belly with onion marmalada and pineapple and a vegan mushroom taco with plantains and mole sauce.

1140 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI

8. Tmaz Taqueria

3182 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI
Tmaz Tacos John Reyes

Because of its flavorful tacos and other Mexican favorites, TMaz has grown from a small counter in a bakery to occupying three storefronts. In addition to the classic fillings of carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo are authentic specialties like pork rinds with ranchero salsa and cochinita pivil, a shredded pork hailing from the Yucatan Peninsula.

3182 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI

9. Maiz Mexican Cantina

36 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI

This downtown Ypsilanti spot features popular Tex-Mex dishes made with fresh ingredients and a few twists. The chicken fresco taco is topped with mango salsa and gets a kick from a habanero-garlic sauce. The fried avocado taco has a bright slaw that balances the richness of the avocados and cilantro aioli.

36 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI

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