We’ve rounded up our recommendations of top-notch taco places to add to your road trip itinerary, especially since any time is the right time for a taco. Take note of these tortillas and their delicious fillings, and you’re sure to add flavor to your road trip throughout Montgomery County, Maryland.
Ixtapalapa Taqueria: Gaithersburg
This authentic eatery serves $2+ tacos, making it a great price point that allows diners to try any combination of the menu (or all, we don’t judge!). The Al pastor, cachet, and chorizo all come highly recommended, as do pairing these tacos with Ixtapalapa Taqueria’s delicious margaritas.
Al Carbon: Rockville
An order of Al Carbon’s Tacos Tres Amigas brings three separately-filled tacos with ceviche, shredded beef, and chicken that come in double-wrapped tortillas and with pico de piña. Convenience is key when it comes to this Mexican restaurant, which is located just a short walk from the Rockville Metro station.
Tortacos offers a straightforward, LA-style taco menu including pollo, carnitas, asada, and vegetarian. Known for friendly staff and speedy service, this restaurant will greet you with a smile and have your order ready in a flash.
Gringos & Mariachis: Bethesda & Park Potomac
With its dark corners and chill vibes, Gringos & Mariachis is great for an intimate date night or catching up over $6 tacos and sangria at happy hour. Follow your birria, duck, and honey glazed shrimp tacos with a delicious dessert order of tres leches cake or churros with a chocolate dipping sauce.
Taco Bar: Gaithersburg & Olney
Local fan favorite, Taco Bar shows up at the top of every best taco list. With two great MoCo locations, their mission is to provide the community with authentic Mexican fast food. Though you’ll find all of your classic favorites, make sure to try to Carne Asada Fries or all day breakfast!
Let’s Taco: Rockville
New to Montgomery County’s taco scene, Let’s Taco prides itself on offering “handmade tortillas, succulent fillings and authentic flavors.” This quick-casual eatery is located at the popular Pike Kitchen food hall in Rockville, Maryland. The Tinga de Pollo and Pescado tacos are popular among regulars, while the Mushroom taco with battered oyster mushrooms is a hearty choice for plant-based diners.
Tacos El Pariente: Germantown
If food trucks are your thing, Tacos El Pariente should be on the top of your list. Stop by for their delicious soups, gorditas and of course, their most popular item, birria tacos. Round out your order with a sweet treat of churros or tres leches.
Nada: North Bethesda
For a more upscale experience with an authentic Mexican ambiance, check out Nada in Pike & Rose. Street tacos worth a taste include carne asada, baja, and the creatively flavorful vegetarian options featuring mushrooms, cauliflower, and tofu.
Eight More Local Favorites to Try:
Little Miner Taco: North Bethesda
Taco Bamba: Rockville
Fish Taco: Bethesda
Sin & Grin: Gaithersburg
District Taco: Silver Spring
Tacos Don Perez: Wheaton
Casa Oaxaca: Bethesda
Spicy Poblano: Gaithersburg