Cebu is known for its colorful takes on different cuisines from different nations. Tacos are no exception.
The taco is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn or wheat tortilla topped with a filling. This dish is also becoming a popular lunch and dinner choice for many Cebuanos who are on the go.
While health protocols are still in effect, Cebu-grown Mexican restos have begun reopening for customers or are now available for delivery with the help of third-party delivery services.
Here’s a list of the best places to get tacos (and burritos, as a bonus) in Cebu:
The homegrown concept from The Abaca Group, Red Lizard, has wowed Cebuanos with its lucha libre murals in all of its outlets. Of course, there’s its famous superhero mascot also named Red Lizard.
Red Lizard’s menu is a mix of Tex-Mex favorites such as hard and soft shell tacos, taquitos, macho nachos, and gigantic burritos.
When in Red Lizard, you should not miss out on their delicious Los Tacos Originales made with their own homemade taco meat, iceberg lettuce, queso fundido, and salsa roja. It costs P159 for two tacos.
They also have Soft Flour Tacos available for P129, which you can get in 5 different meat varieties.
Currently, Red Lizard has three main outlets in Cebu City at I.T. Park, Ayala, and SM City Cebu.
Grab your orders via FoodPanda and Grab Food or check out their official Facebook page here.
L.A. Taco Truck
Owned by mom and chef Kristel Calingasan Thompson, L.A.Taco Truck is another Cebu-grown resto to feature the most colorful tacos and food scene.
“With one successful food concept rolled out, paired with her husband’s love of Mexican Food and her mother-in-law’s taco nights, Chef developed L.A. Taco Truck and the idea came to life,” Thompson said in her official website.
L.A. Taco Truck opened in Sugbo Mercado in January 2021, and has since served Cebuanos the best taco and taco-rice bowl selections.
You can customize your taco my picking your protein of choice: pulled pork (P120/tacos, P180/taco-rice bowl), jerk chicken (P120/tacos, P180/taco-rice bowl), carne asada (P150/tacos, P220/taco-rice bowl), sriracha shrimp (P150/tacos, and quinoa (P180/tacos, P280/taco-rice bowl).
You can also pair your tacos with margaritas on the rocks for P100.
Order your tacos on FoodPanda or Grab Food or contact them on their official Facebook page here.
La Lucha Taqueria
La Lucha Taqueria prides itself in serving fun party tacos and healthy veggie tacos since 2012.
Owned by Mexican Jorge Barita, this homegrown taqueria began in Barangay Banilad as La Lagrima Taqueria in 2012. It later transferred to Mango Avenue in Cebu City.
The little taco shop sells tacos for P130 to P150. You can even choose the meat from their wide selection that includes Carne Asada (steak), Carnitas (braised pork), Pollo (shredded chicken), Buche (pork stomach), and many more.
You also can’t miss their delicious horchata, a drink made with rice, milk, and cinnamon, for P50.
Ready to make your order? Contact them on 09276169061 or through their official Facebook page here.
Founded in Guadalupe by a group of Cebuano artists in 2007, Mooon Café prides itself in its wide selection of tacos, burritos, nachos, and fajitas.
Their signature tacos (P110 to P130) are made with hard corn taco shells that are filled with either beef or fish fillings, mixed with salsa rojo, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and drizzled with a generous amount of sour cream.
The restaurant has multiple locations, including Barangay Guadalupe, I.T. Park, Ayala Terraces, Parkmall, Robinsons Cybergate, Insular Square Mall, and Shopwise.
Make your orders via FoodPanda/Grab Food or contact them through (032) 417 1701. You can also reach them through their official Facebook page here.
This Cebu-grown resto is famous for their smoked pulled meat dishes and their signature Tex-Mex tacos that are made with slow-cooked smoked barbecue.
Their Hangover Taco, available for P199, is made with their signature 14-hour smoked Angus beef brisket, mixed with seasoned fries, sunny-side-up eggs, freshly grated cheddar, and mozzarella cheese.
Among their must-trys is the Cebuano Chorizo Taco (P149), which features smoked locally-sourced pork mixed with pickled red onions, fresh cilantro, cheddar, and mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo, and raw salsa.
You can make your orders via FoodPanda and Grab Food or contact them on their official Facebook page here.
Chupacabras Taqueria Cebu
Last but not least is Chupacabras Taqueria, a taco shop based in Forest Hills-Banawa best known for their “street-style tacos.”
Chupacabras Taqueria serves four main taco dishes – birria, carnitas, mulitas, and de buche. Made with their own homemade corn tortilla, one can enjoy a good-old-fashioned carnitas for P120 (two pieces), or purchase a family platter for P1,200.
They are open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 3 pm to 8 pm. Make your orders through 09163321222 or reach them through their official Facebook page here. – Rappler.com