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.
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.
Tacos Tortas & Tequila: Silver Spring
Alluring flavors and beautiful décor reign supreme at this neighborhood taco establishment. Whether you’re feeding a hungry soccer team or traveling with friends or family, Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila (located on the lower level of the building, below their sister restaurant Buena Vida) has fresh tacos that satisfy everyone’s cravings.
Gringos & Mariachis: Bethesda
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.
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.
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.
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.