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Where to Eat: Tacos in Bristol

3 May 2019 | George Maguire

Think tacos and you would be forgiven for imagining Mexican street food or in distant markets. However, tacos are now global and are busy taking the world by storm. The simplicity and versatility of the humble taco allows elite restauranteur and casual pop-up revellers to add their own spin on the classic. In fact, did you know that 400,000 Norwegians (8% of the population) eat tacos… every single Friday? Amazing. Let’s see what Bristol notoriously good eateries have to offer…


Image credit: @cargocantina via Instagram 
Spotlight on: Cargo Cantina
15 Cargo 2, Bristol BS1 6ZA

Sitting on the second layer of Wapping Wharf’s container food haven is Cargo Cantina. Like other well-honed Bristol food establishments such as Pasture and Root, Cargo lives and breathes local produce (such as free range and organic meat) with a keen eye on provenance. Inspired by the Cantinas of Mexico, this is a great place to have a casual sit down and chow down on tacos such as Conchinato Pibil (shredded pork with citrus and spices), Chicken & Habanero and Cauliflower and Peanut Romesco. With accompanying delights such as Tostadas, Burritos and an extensive list of tequilas and mescals this is certainly a worthy option. Make sure to sit outside on sunny days and take in the Harbourside buzz!


The Woolly Cactus 
1 Bath St, Bristol BS1 6HL

Just like everything else in central Bristol, The Woolly Cactus is a short walk from wherever you find yourself to be. A quick stroll from the City Centre and over the Bristol Bridge, this unassuming little vehicle has been churning out Mexican meals-on-wheels since 2014. With salads & veg from Bristol Fruit Market and meat from a butcher in South Gloucestershire this is a local operation, churning out food to punters over the lunch hour crunch. With 3 tacos for £6 (+ the usual guaco-tax) alongside the usual Mexican players (Burritos, Quesadillas and Fajitas) this is simple and tasty food for those looking to grab a quick bite. Highlights include the Steak Chili Verde and the Pulled Pork which will pair excellently with a sunny day, a spot of grass to sit in and a cold drink. 



Best of the rest: 
Taco Station 

What? If you find yourself near Bristol's infamous Bearpit, make sure to stop by Bristol's Taco Station. 
Where? St James Barton Roundabout, Bristol BS1 3LY

Downtown Taquería 
What? Just off the city centre, offering Californian tacos and Mexican spirit.  
Where? 47 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AX 

Casa Mexicana
What? Stop by the Cali-Mexican Casa Mexicana.
Where? 29 – 31 Zetland Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7AH

Wahaca Bristol
What? Obviously, the Bristolian taco is not limited to independents. Where there are punters and big lime-tinged flavours, there is big business to be made. Head to Mexican chain Wahaca for their amazing selection of tacos. 
Where? 70-78 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QU
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