What’s the perfect food to pair with … well pretty much anything? Why tacos, of course.
Thankfully, Vic is home to a bounty of great taco spots, ranging from the traditional to the downright experimental (think: deep fried avocado).
Most of the best places take a bit of finding, but fear not: 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 at 735 Yates St. 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. Three for $5.25. Closed Sundays.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to 1580 Cook St. (near the corner of Pandora), where you’ll find the Taco Justice League truck “fighting hunger one taco at a time.” Taco Justice offers Victoria’s most peculiar taco line-up, with a wrestling-themed menu. Try the Belly to Belly Suplex ($6.50), stuffed with slow-cooked pork belly, pickled thai chillies, sweet soy glaze and Asian veg. Afterward, stroll around North Park Village and funky Fernwood. Open Wednesday to Sunday (currently on winter vacation until April 1).
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 line-up here can be insane. On the plus side, there’s prime seating right on the harbour so you can watch the boats and seaplanes come and go while you chow down. Try the wild salmon tacone ($6.50) topped with pea shoots and lemon-pickled onions. Red Fish Blue Fish re-opens for the season on Feb. 12.
For another, more traditional option, check out La Taquisa at 1017 Blanshard St. or over in Vic West at #120 – 176 Wilson St. At the downtown location there’s a hidden patio out back, plenty of seating inside and tons of variety on the menu. 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, hormone and antibiotic free.
No West Coast taco list would be complete without Tacofino, the little Tofino taco truck that could. There are now two Tacofino locations in Vancouver and one in Victoria at 787 Fort St. Go for the Baja-style fish tacos, particularly the seared rare tuna, topped with ginger ($6.50). Word to the wise: this is a hole-in-the-wall type of place, so be prepared to eat on the go if you visit at lunchtime.
And apparently Victoria hasn’t reached peak taco yet because there’s a new spot called La Taqueria opening on Fort Street, across from Tacofino. We promise to report back on that once it’s open!