Victoria is home to a bounty of great taco spots, ranging from the traditional to the downright experimental (think deep-fried avocado). And we’ve got the lowdown on five spots to snag a tasty taco within walking distance of downtown.
For the taco traditionalists among us, Hernande’z Cocina takes the cake. It’s located in a shopping arcade inside the St. Andrew’s Square office tower. If you’re looking for ambiance, this is not your place. If you’re looking for the best Mexican food in Victoria, it is. Try the chorizo and quinoa tacos.
If you’re feeling adventurous, seek out the Taco Justice League truck, whose motto is “fighting hunger one taco at a time.” Taco Justice offers Victoria’s most peculiar taco lineup, with a wrestling-themed menu. Try the Belly to Belly Suplex, stuffed with slow-cooked pork belly, pickled thai chillies, sweet soy glaze and Asian veg.
If it’s fish tacos you’re after, there’s the always-popular Red Fish Blue Fish, located in an upcycled cargo container on the Broughton St. pier. Beware: the lineup here can be long. On the plus side, there’s prime seating right along the harbour so you can watch the boats and seaplanes come and go while you chow down. Try the wild salmon tacone topped with pea shoots and lemon-pickled onions.
For another, more traditional option, check out La Taquisa. There are two locations in the city—the original is in West Victoria and the second is downtown on Blanshard Street—and both spots offer lots of menu variety. The tacos are tiny (five for $10), so you can mix and match different fillings and amazing fresh salsas. Try one of the veggie options, like “rajas”—roasted poblano peppers sautéed with mushrooms, corn and onions. Bonus: All of La Taquisa’s meats are local and hormone- and antibiotic-free.
No Victoria taco list would be complete without Tacofino, the little Tofino taco truck that could. There are now three Tacofino locations in Vancouver and one in Victoria. Go for the Baja-style fish tacos, particularly the seared rare tuna, topped with ginger. Word to the wise: this is a hole-in-the-wall type of place, so be prepared to eat on the go.