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Taps and Tacos is a new Mexican restaurant in Port Moody. It is located on 91 Moody Street and Saint Johns Street – diagonally across from Pizzeria Spacca Napoli and just up the street from Brewery Row (Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewing, The Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales). I’ve been looking forward to a good tacos joint in the Tri-Cities for a long time.
The interior of Taps and Tacos is clean, bring and has a high ceiling with a mezzanine second floor for extra seating. Menu focus is tacos (of course).
It also offers a good variety of local craft beers on tap and well as bottles: Moody Ales (exclusive brew “It’s About Lime” Kölsch), Twin Sails, Yellow Dog, Dageraad, Steel & Oak, Strathcona, Parkside, Whistler Brewing and Strange Fellows. If you fancy cocktails and wine, they’ve got a good wine list also.
There is a good selection of tacos with eight flavours to choose from. $6 each. My favourite is their Coffee Spiced Pork and also the Korean Pork.
Coffee Spiced Pork: gelderman farms pork, habanero apple chutney, pickled onion, crispy yam. Spice level 3/3)
Mama’s Beef: Ground beef, lettuce, mozza, charred pico de gallo, crema, crispy tortilla strips. Spice level (2/3)
Mojito Whitefish: tropical salsa, cucumber lettuce, mint and lime. This is a subtle tasting taco.
Tequila Lime Chicken: Local free run chicken, mexican tapenade, spiced almonds, cream, arugula, pea shoots. Spice level (1/3)
Korean Pork: gelderman farms pork, gochujang BBQ sauce, red cabbage slaw, cucumber, sesame seeds. Spice level (1/3).
We’re looking forward to our next visit here again. Too bad this place is not very baby friendly with loud music. I guess we will just need to find a babysitter and have a date night (day) here instead!
Next time I will need to try the Cajun Tofu Tacos with black bean corn salsa, micro greens, pico de gallo, vegan crema and spiced almonds.
What will you order here? Let me know in the comments below!
Taps and Tacos
Cuisine: Tacos, Mexican
91 Moody St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2B7
Sal Y Limon is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Vancouver. Located on the corner between Kingsway and Fraser – across from Osteria Savio Volpe and Matchstick Coffee Roasters. This unassuming restaurant offers hearty burritos, tortas, tacos, quesadillas, huaraches, taquitos and more. Aside from…
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La Mezcaleria in Gastown (and Commercial Drive) is one of my favorite Mexican joint in Vancouver. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard La Mezcal was offering Brunch Wednesday to Sunday until 3pm! No more rushing to wake up on the weekend just to sneak in a benny before 1pm! Let’s face it, I was never an early riser!
Agua de Marco 6: Coconut water, pineapple, orange and passion fruit. Non-alcoholic and taste like a pina colada with orange juice! (LHS)
A boozey mimosa type alcoholic drink (RHS).
Guacamole and Chips 10: avocado, cilantro, onion, tomato and jalapeno. So good, I don’t even want to share!
Ceviche Callejero 12: seasonal fish cured in lime with tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantros.
Both served with crispy chips!
Add on the side some crispy pork belly, extra refried beans or even some smoked bacon!
Huevos Divorciados: Best of two options with these “divorced eggs”. Two corn tortillas, two sunny side up eggs, one topped with salsa ranchera and another topped with salsa verde. “Divorced” by refried black beans and finished with queso fresco, cilantro and crispy bacon. Add extra egg, hash browns, bacon or even guac. Trust me this dish fills you up!
Chilaquiles Tradicionales 12: This vegetarian dish is made with house tortilla chips smothered in salsa verde with refried black beans and a sunny side up egg. Topped with crema, queso fresco, sliced white onion and cilantro. Added pork belly!
Salmon con Tequila Benny 16: Toasted English muffin topped with tequila and citrus cured Ocean Wise salmon, two poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise. Served with seasonal greens, caramelized onions and garlic oil has browns. If you don’t like your eggs overcooked. Be sure to tell them if you prefer, soft, medium or hard poached eggs!
3pm Brunch is easy peasy lemony squeezy! See you there!
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin America
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
68 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2
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La Mezcaleria took over Nicli’s Next Door in Gastown at 68 East Cordova. Expanding from their Commercial Drive location, the menu will expand to allow more family style and a mezcal bar. The space itself is gorgeous – exposed brick and high ceilings. To bring the ceiling…
Tacoreano Coquitlam Centre is a new Korean fusion taco restaurant dishing out tacos, quesadillas and fresh kimchi rice bowls. The store is just a block away from Coquitlam Centre on #100-2970 Glen Drive next to Browns Social House, Delicious Pho and Ninja Bubble. Tacoreano took open the pet store and it’s amazing how they transformed the space to a kitchen and a hip taco joint! I’m just really glad Coquitlam now has good tacos and we don’t have to drive out to Tacofino every single time.
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I like their tabasco and hot sauce wall. There’s a lot to choose from: mild, spicy, burning hell. They probably have some resiniferatoxin on Scoville heat chart. I like to stick to what I know.
We ordered one of each to get a good idea what we like.
Tacoreano Taco Menu
Tacos: one for $6 | two for $10
Chicken: spicy chicken marinated in Korean seasoning, cabbage, pickled daikon, kaiware, gonchujang aioli
Beef: thinly sliced rib-eye beef marinated in soy based korean seasoning, cabbage, salsa fresca, kimchi and sriracha mayo
Pork: Korean spiced pork jowl marinated with red pepper paste, cabbage, salsa, pickled daikon, miso crema. A truer to Korean fusion taco with signature pork jowls.
Tuna: albacore tuna poke, romaine, wakame, ginger, wasabi mayonesa. I like this light yet flavorful taco. I also liked that the fish was not deep fried like pescados and retained its own natural sweetness.
Beef Kimchi Rice bowl 10.75: thin sliced rib eye beef marinated in soy based Korean seasoning with sriracha mayo. Again it is similar to the beef tacos we had earlier. It also reminds me of Bulgogi BBQ. The rice bowl comes with romaine lettuce, fresh kimchi, cucumber slaw, pickled daikon, salsa fresca topping, chogochujang sauce and garnished with kaiware sprouted daikon radish seeds.
Cuisine: Korean, Mexican, Tacos Fusion
Tue 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
2970 Glen Dr #100, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0C4
Tacofino has expanded from a food truck to multiple locations East Hastings Tacofino Commissary, Victoria, and now Gastown. Tacofino Gastown location has both the Taco Bar (entrance via Blood Alley Square) and the Burrito Bar (entrance via 15 West Cordova). Depending if you feel like fast…
Tacofino started out as a food truck that I was rarely able to eat. I hated the fact I no longer worked downtown and missed out on life’s great moments. Tacofino Commissary Vancouver is located on East Hastings kiddie corner to infamous pulled pork pancakes at Red Wagon, best minced pork and egg foo yung at Le Do and traditional Hanoi flavors at Mr. Red Cafe Vietnamese restaurants. Lunch menu features 2 for $10 tacos, $6 RAD caesar and $10 Beer growlitas. Tacofino is also located in Gastown Blood Alley, Tofino, and Victoria.
The sun finally came out on Sunday and we picked the window seat. The sunlight was a bit harsh but I’m not complaining. I love the tacos here at Tacofino Comissionary. Each tacos are perfectly prepared and seasoned with bright and delicious ingredients. It’s no wonder there are constant line ups.
SUMMER SQUASH AND POTATO: leek, lacinato kale, cheddar, chili crema, and salsa fresca
PORK JOWL: cabbage, fried shallot, pineapple, sriracha. Pork jowl tacos is my favorite and is the one I will order again and again. And again.
ALBACORE TUNA: soy, sesame, wakame, ginger, wasabi mayo. This is perfect for the asian palette. I love the white pickled ginger, wakame seaweed and fatty albacore tuna.
FISH: crispy ling cod, cabbage, chipotle mayo, salsa fresca
Each taco is $6 and it’s a great dinner option when you want variety. During dinner time we highly recommend the grilled octopus salad with crispy yucca, market greens, avocado jalapeno crema, lime pepper aioli, and spicy chili oi. The Tater Tots are great alternative to poutine and even more awesome after a few drinks. Full of chorizo verde, cheddar curds, fundido, crema, and salsa fresca.
Tacofino Commissary Vancouver
Cuisine: Mexican, Tacos
Mon 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
2327 E Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 1V6
In the back alley of Blood Alley you can watch fights break out over an umbrella, grab a tasting flight at Salt Tasting Room, or grab some affordable Mexi-Cali-style food and drinks. This hot pink flamingo restaurant is perfect for your night cap, a pre-and…