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3 Dallas-area taco shops make Yelp’s best-of list in the United States

But something’s strange here.

According to Yelp, three taco shops in Dallas-Fort Worth and 14 in Texas are among the 100 best taquerias in the United States.

Two of those restaurants are in Yelp’s top 10: Granny’s Tacos in Austin and Mami Coco in Dallas.

Yelp makes a sweeping statement here, listing the nation’s best taco shops without much explanation. A Yelp spokeswoman says the restaurants were considered for the list if they had “a large concentration of reviews mentioning ‘taco.’” Those were then ranked based on volume and reviews.


The list gets a little suspect when some of the taco shops are assigned to an entire state, making any discussion about taco regionality dead upon arrival. Birria & Barbacoa de chivo Los Compadre’s is in “Louisiana”; Guerra’s Krazy Taco is in “Ohio.” They are, but more specifically, they’re in Baton Rouge and Springfield, respectively.

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Aggregating a list of places selling a bunch of tacos, based on consumer reviews, has its problems. Still, this list might tell someone new about a taqueria, and maybe that’s a good thing.

It’s the third time in two weeks that a national company has named local restaurants on lists: Bon Appetit said a taco shop in Garland and a Latin seafood spot in Fort Worth were among the 50 best new restaurants in the country; and the New York Times said an Italian restaurant in Dallas and a barbecue joint in Arlington were among America’s best.


The Dallas-Fort Worth taco shops included in Yelp’s list are:

  • Mami Coco in Dallas, listed at No. 10. The original is on Bryan Street in Dallas and the owners recently opened a new taco shop near I-30 and Grand Avenue. The Advocate has the sweet story of owner Gustavo De Los Rios, who commuted an hour to Crowley, Texas, for his first restaurant before he found a closer-to-home spot to sell tacos. The most popular items are tacos and enchiladas, even though tacos weren’t on his first menu, according to the Dallas Observer. Now that’s a fun twist for a story about a taco shop landing on a “best tacos” list.
  • Tranky’s Tacos in Garland is No. 18. It also made Yelp’s list of Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas in 2022.
  • Taqueria Nuevo León in Carrollton is No. 56 on Yelp’s list. Food YouTuber Mikey Chen — who moved to Dallas-Fort Worth in 2021 — visited Taqueria Nuevo León in Carrollton in 2021. The more-than 800,000 views on that video surely sent some foodies to the Carrollton taqueria. Pro tip: Trompo tacos cost 99 cents on Tuesdays.

In tandem with the release of this Top 100 list, Yelp plans to pay one “taco trailblazer” $20,000 to eat at restaurants on the Top 100 list over a four-month time period. Yelp will accept applications between now and Oct. 4, 2022.


100 best taco shops in the United States, according to Yelp

Restaurants in Texas have been bolded; restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth have an asterisk.

1. Fernandez Restaurant - San Diego

2. Taco Nazo – Bellflower - Los Angeles

3. Taqueria Mi Ranchito - Los Angeles

4. Granny’s Tacos – Austin

5. Los Tacos No.1 - New York

6. Tacos Sinaloa - San Francisco

7. El Primo Tacos - Los Angeles


8. Bajamar Seafood & Tacos - Las Vegas

9. Shaka Tacoz - Hawaii

*10. Mami Coco - Dallas

11. De Cabeza - San Diego


12. Deckhand Dave’s Fish Tacos - Alaska

13. Jazzy’s Kitchen - Hawaii

14. Taqueria El Asador – Pensacola

15. Mariscos Mi Gusto Es - San Diego


16. Street Tacos and Grill - Los Angeles

17. Tacos Jalisco – Key Largo

*18. Tranky’s Tacos - Garland

19. El Chile Toreado - Santa Fe


20. Birrieria Little Tijuana - Los Angeles/Riverside

21. Cocina Madrigal - Phoenix

22. Edgewater Tacos - Chicago

23. Chicali Tacos - Las Vegas


24. Tacos Aya Yay - Denver

25. La Bamba Mexican Grill Restaurant - Phoenix

26. Taqueria Pollo Asado - Seattle

27. Tlaolli - Indiana


28. Del Seoul - Chicago

29. Str8 Up Tacos - Los Angeles

30. Porque No? Tacos - San Francisco

31. Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa - Phoenix


32. Guerra’s Krazy Taco - Ohio

33. Tacos Del Chavo - Atlanta

34. SoyMexican Veggie-Vegan Eatery - Las Vegas

35. Frogtowns Gourmet Tacos - Los Angeles


36. El Gallo Giro Taco Truck - San Francisco

37. Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro - Denver

38. Tacos La Pasadita - Utah

39. Dos Mundos - Portland


40. Tacos Y Mariscos Las Islitas - Hawaii

41. Tacos El Gordo - San Diego

42. TaquerEATa - Hawaii

43. Tacos Los Panchos - Utah


44. Tacos El Chilango Food Truck - Virginia

45. Fish Company Taco - Galveston

46. TACO-BOOK Taqueria - Seattle

47. Benny’s Tacos & Rotisserie Chicken - Westchester – Los Angeles


48. Taqueria La Loma - Ohio

49. Tres Amigos - Arizona

50. Birria & Barbacoa de chivo Los Compadre’s - Louisiana

51. Sangria On the Burg - San Antonio


52. Tacotarian - Las Vegas

53. Antojitos Izcalli - Alabama

54. Cuantos Tacos – Austin

55. Birria Landia Williamsburg - New York


*56. Taqueria Nuevo Leon – Carrollton

57. Los Mariscos - New York

58. Sabrina’s West Street Kitchen - Reno

59. Xochi - Seattle


60. Taqueria El Amigo - Boston

61. Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos - Memphis

62. El Super Taco – Phoenix

63. Los Agavez Taqueria - Ohio


64. La Lupita Taco Restaurant – Houston

65. Los Bocados – Parkland, Florida

66. Titas Taco House – Humble, Texas

67. Just Tacos and More - Phoenix


68. Chris’ Ice Cream - Indianapolis

69. Chino Loco Taqueria - Michigan

70. Lolis Mexican Cravings - Tampa

71. El Cuate - Oregon


72. La Cocina Mexican Street Food - Utah

73. Taco Culture Taco Shop Arizona - Phoenix

74. Tacos Nayarit - South Carolina

75. Arun’s Indian Kitchen & Taco Masala – Lauderhill, Florida


76. Slope & Hatch - Colorado

77. La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas - Colorado

78. El Taco Feliz - Hawaii

79. Yellow City Street Food - Amarillo


80. Forastero - Chicago

81. Acevedos Hawaicano Café - Hawaii

82. Lane’s Quickie Tacos - Arkansas

83. 143 Street Tacos - Arizona


84. Tacos Doña Lena - Houston

85. The Taco King – Houston

86. La Plaza Supermarket - Ohio

87. Nanys Tacos - Arizona


88. J Zapata - Pennsylvania

89. Cafe Nube - New York

90. Flavia’s Kitchen – Austin

91. Taco Bamba - Virginia


92. Tacos Pihuamo - Oregon

93. Taco El Chingon - NY State

94. Cinco De Mayo Taqueria – Spring, Texas

95. Quesabirria Jalisco Tacos - Chicago


96. Las Palmas - Pennsylvania

97. Dos Hermanos Taco Truck - Alabama

98. El Paisa - New Mexico

99. Alegria Tacos – Oakland Park, Florida


100. La Reforma Brewery - New Mexico

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