Take Your Palate for a Mexican Getaway in Vancouver

Pescado a la Veracruzana; Sourced from El Santo

With the city’s recent snowfall and more on its way, Vancouver has entered its wintry season. While this weather can be wondrously festive, you might long for a brief culinary escape to a sunnier locale this season.

The city’s burgeoning Mexican dining scene can provide you and your palate with a delicious staycation. In the last five years, the Lower Mainland has benefited from the emergence and growth of restaurants that offer vibrant Mexican cooking that goes well beyond unimaginative enchiladas.

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Take Your Palate for a Mexican Getaway in Vancouver

Best Cheap Taco Joint in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: mmmyoso | Flickr

Photo credit: mmmyoso | Flickr

Once upon a time (not so many years ago), you had to spend a bundle to get decent Mexican food in Vancouver.

There weren’t many Mexican restaurants to begin with.  And the good ones were all sit-down establishments.  There would be sombreros on the wall and mariachi music playing.  By the end of the night, after the margaritas and the enchildadas and the tres leches cake, you were out quite a few pesos.

But then everything started to change.  A few years ago the great invention known as the taqueria began appearing on city streets.  These hole-in-the-wall taco stands served pretty much just one thing – tacos.  And the fare was dirt cheap.

For a few bucks, you could get a fresh, corn tortilla wrapped around any number of fillings – from carne asada to pollo, carnita (shredded pork) and far more exotic cuts like lengua (tongue).  Top that with some fresh, homemade salsa and you had an authentic, tasty and cheap meal.

Nowadays, of course, taquerias are more and more common in the city.  So I’d like to ask your help:

Do you have a favourite cheap taco joint in Vancouver?  Share your pick by leaving a comment below.  

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Best Cheap Taco Joint in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Finding Latin Flavour in Vancouver? You make the call!

Vancouver is justly famous for its authentic ethnic cuisine. In fact, the city boasts some of the finest dim sum and freshest sushi in North America.  But one cuisine that doesn’t get a lot of attention is Latin fare.

Everything from traditional Mexican tacos to Brazilian buffet-style rodizio is available here, if you know where to look.  I’ve got a few ideas (below), but I’d like to hear your favourites:

Where’s your favourite spot for Latin cuisine?  Please comment below.

Here are a few options to get you started:

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Finding Latin Flavour in Vancouver? You make the call!