Recently, taco spots have been popping up left and right in the Duke City. Taquerias highlighting “tacos and beer” which is a combo most of us are game for. It’s somewhat of a tradition to drink a nice cold cerveza and eat spicy, zesty tacos in New Mexican culture. We highlight some of the best taco joints in the NE Heights.

Guaca Guaca Tacos & Beer

A little nice joint off Paseo, Guaca Guaca has some of the best street tacos you can find—even at a great price. Tacos cooked fresh with fish or meat topped off with fresh garnish and sides of salsa, you’ll be chasing it back with a nice cold beer to finish off that delicious bite. They have a great happy hour too, from 4-9 pm drafts are two dollars a pint.

Guaca Guaca Tacos & Beer

8001 Wyoming Blvd NE Ste A1

Neighborhood: Heights

Category: Taqueria

Phone: (505) 407-2308

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El Patron North

This higher-end classic serves some great New Mexican food, but I feel their tacos don’t get enough shine. Some of the best fish tacos are served at El Patron. Fresh-grilled, wrapped in flour tortillas, topped off with chipotle aioli and spicy coleslaw. It’s a refreshing dish that doesn’t disappoint. Don’t forget to order their calabacitas as a side to kick up the heat.

El Patron North

8100 Wyoming Blvd NE

Neighborhood: Heights

Category: Mexican

Phone: 505) 797-3311

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Taco Shel

This unassuming joint is as New Mexican as you can get. Every little bite of their tacos will hit you with nostalgia, because they taste just like your abuelita’s. Taco Shel’s #5 plate is a go-to every time on their menu. Three crispy tacos paired with some homemade beans and a side of red chile, its the perfect no-frills comfort food.

Taco Shel

7001 San Antonio Dr NE STE G

Neighborhood: Heights

Category: New Mexican

Phone: (505) 828-0260

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Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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