While it may be 5 o’clock somewhere, in Vegas, it’s Taco Tuesday seven days a week. Get the festive fiesta started with a taco and margarita (or two) at one of these 11 outstanding Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas.Read More
The 11 Best Spots for Taco Tuesday in Las Vegas
1. Casa Don Juan
The original Casa Don Juan opened more than 20 years ago in the Arts District in Las Vegas, when owners Raul and Maria Gil left behind their catering truck in California to start a new life in Sin City. Now the Frida Kahlo-decorated restaurant has locations near Summerlin and in Henderson, serving a roster of shrimp, fish, al pastor, carnitas, lengua, pollo, and asada tacos for $3.50 each. A happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. kicks off the night with food and drink specials starting at $4.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
A taco truck in the middle of a replica of the canals of Venice sounds like a great diversion for the day. Mexico City native Daniel Marquez brings a taqueria food truck to Cañonita inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, overlooking the St. Mark’s Square corridor of restaurants. Diners can saunter up for pork carnitas, chicken tinga, and carne asada versions, with two grilled house-made soft corn tortillas for $6 each, or walk around with chicharrones, Mexican street corn, or souvenir cups of margaritas in peach chipotle, jalapeño, or pomegranate, which is made with Cazadores Reposado, pomegranate schnapps, Cointreau, and pink grapefruit.
3. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar
Tacos with a side of mechanical bull riding? Yes, please. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar takes over two levels at the Linq Promenade, home of the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. Next to the bar on the first floor, that bucking bull provides the entertainment as brave contenders vie for their eight seconds of fame. Since you’re already near the bar, order the pineapple habanero margarita, made with Cazadores Blanco, pineapple and habanero infused tequila, triple sec, fresh lime, and caramelized pineapple puree. Head to the top patio Monday through Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. for $5 chicken wings, cheese nachos, and a pair of street tacos.
4. Cabo Wabo Cantina
Rock out at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops with a margarita in one hand and a taco in the other. The Red Rocker brings the laid-back, beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to the Strip with a sprawling patio overlooking passersby and the sounds of the former frontman of Van Halen on the sound system. Margaritas rule the roost here in blood orange, desert pear, and tamarind, while happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. brings chicken, carnitas, or vegetable tacos for $6, along with $6 house drinks.
5. Ghost Donkey
Las Vegas, NV 89109
We have to confess: Ghost Donkey doesn’t actually serve tacos, but the nachos and margaritas were too good to pass up. Secret speakeasies have an allure all their own, and Ghost Donkey at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas delivers. Find the secret entrance inside the second-level Block 16 Urban Food Hall to discover a small bar stocked with mezcals and tequilas meant for flights and a lineup of specialty cocktails. Recently added to the menu is a frozen margarita called the Stealth, made with Cazadores Blanco, St-Germain, cucumber, lime, and chile. A small snacks menu features three styles of nachos — wild mushroom, black truffle, and mole chicken — while Baja tacos with marinated tuna come on crisp corn shells.
6. China Poblano
China and Mexico have far more in common than you might think. Since 1565, Spanish galleons sailed to China, trading in silk and silver, sharing Mexican fruits and Asian spices. One tale tells the legend of an Asian girl known as la China Poblana kidnapped by pirates and shipped to Mexico. Chef José Andrés picks up on that storyline with China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The innovative cocktail list includes the La Vida, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, Bigallet China-China, agave, serrano, spiced hibiscus tea, and lavender bitters. Meanwhile, his tacos, which start with tortillas made with organic heirloom white corn grown in Oaxaca, Mexico, blend Chinese and Mexican ingredients with exotic proteins such as duck tongue with lychee and a crispy beef tendon taco with Sichuan soy sauce.
7. Pink Taco Mexican Restaurant
The rocking Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Hotel features panuchos, a Mexico City-style chicken tinga taco with a kick from serrano sauce on a corn tortilla. And yes, they are pink. The restaurant has a robust tequila sipping menu including Cazadores Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo, and it offers $15 tastings of three tequilas, one from each category. A happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the bar area, which is festooned with folk art and high-top tables, brings two-for-one beers, a $7 margarita, and $7 Vampiro tacos with braised peppers or chicken tinga swaddled in crisp cheese and a corn tortilla shell. Head out to the festive patio for a view of the pool to go along with those tacos.
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The world’s largest piece of chainsaw art adorns one of the walls in the high-end Javier’s at Aria. The 3,000-pound piece of art from J. Chester Armstrong spans 25 feet and depicts the Mayan creation myth and modern Mexican history. It sets the tone for the Mexican fare about to arrive. A soft taco dish with two grilled chicken, skirt steak, or carnitas, two Ensenada-style shrimp tacos on a flour tortilla, or a crispy version in beef of chicken satisfy that need for Mexican fare. Wash it all down with one of several margarita options and choose your tequila from an extensive list.
9. Juan's Flaming Fajitas & Cantina
The sizzle and flames of fajitas ushered through the dining room keeps regulars coming back to the fiery red setting of Juan’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina. Happy hour seven days a week from 3 to 7 p.m. offers house margaritas in guava, mango, and raspberry for $3.95 or $4.95, taquitos filled with shredded beef, ground beef, or chicken for $6.49, and a sampler of Juan’s favorites including nachos, taquitos, and a quesadilla for $9.95. There’s a large selection of margaritas, but the La Paloma, made with Cazadores Reposado, fresh lemon juice, and Squirt soda is addicting. A new Henderson location recently opened.
10. Border Grill Mandalay Bay
The Two Hot Tamales Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken first discovered the cuisines of Oaxaca and the Yucatan while they (ironically) worked together at a French restaurant in Los Angeles. Staff meals before work exposed them to homestyle Mexican cuisine and they eventually decided to pack up a VW and drive to Mexico to develop their own recipes that span dishes from Mexico City to the beaches of the Pacific and Gulf Coast. And that, of course, included tacos. Each taco at Border Grill starts with a hand-pressed corn tortilla and comes with a side of organic rice and black beans. Diners can opt to nosh and drink from a variety of margaritas and other tequila cocktails on the patio overlooking Mandalay Bay’s beach or inside the restaurant with its colorful murals from artists Su Huntley and Donna Muir.
11. Borracha Mexican Cantina
Stuff yourself silly with all-you-can-eat tacos and tequilas for $24 every Tuesday night at Borracha Mexican Cantina at Green Valley Resort in Henderson. Traditional tacos served crispy or soft and street tacos make the regular menu, with fillings such as rotisserie chicken, slow-cooked short ribs, and mahi-mahi. Between bites and margarita sips, take in the Day of the Dead decor replete with festive skulls, a hand-painted floor, and a wraparound graffiti mural by Mexican artist Oscar Flores.