Launched in 2009, La Taqueria promises an authentic experience with tacos that resemble the taste and appearance of the tacos found in Mexico’s “pinche taco” or street taco stand. The result? Simple tacos packed with flavour. It’s where to eat in Vancouver for a little Mexican flavour.
Where to Eat in Vancouver for Mexican Flavour
Upon arriving at the Cambie location, we were greeted immediately by a friendly cashier who introduced us to the concept and options. The décor is delightful, with brightly coloured stools lining the tables and whimsical wall “art” that seem to have come directly from a Mexican tourist shop.
Everyone in our party was a first-timer and we all ordered the four-taco combo, each with one pork, beef, chicken and fish taco to sample. Resoundingly, we all agreed that the fish was our favourite. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. For those looking for a bit more punch, you can adorn your tacos with four choices of salsa, including salsa verde and chipotle.
Dining With Children
If you’re dining with young kids, the Cambie location isn’t particularly family-friendly. I didn’t notice any highchairs or booster seats. The stool seating is particularly problematic for the smaller set so you’ll want to have them on the banquette seating. Even so, the table height compared to the seat was a bit higher than normal and with no room for a stroller (it would be awkward anyway), bringing your own clamp-on high chair, if you had one, would be ideal.
While there is no specific child menu, there are options for the most bland of palates. La Taqueria also offers up a variety of interesting sodas in addition to the regular pops found everywhere. Service is also quick so impatient children don’t need to wait.
Get there early to avoid lunch line-ups. We were seated immediately, but the restaurant was hopping by noon and there were no tables available. Four tacos, plus a beverage, cost around $12. You could easily share a plate between two or even three children.
Christine Pilkington has over 15 years of digital and interactive media experience. Breakfast Television has dubbed her a Baby Product Guru and she frequently appears on CBC and CTV. She lives with her husband, three daughters and a Lagotto Romagnolo in East Vancouver, about 10 minutes from where she grew up. Christine is also the CEO of Crisp Media Inc, which develops digital marketing strategies for businesses.