The EatABQ team is always on the hunt for the best taco in the city, and we’ve done some area round-ups to help you with the search for the crunchy goodness. Deep in Westside Central holds some of Albuquerque’s household names. It may take some time driving over to grab a bite, but trust me, it’s well worth it.

Sharky’s Fish & Shrimp

Ever since Baileys on the Beach closed years ago, finding a good fish taco in the middle of the desert is a challenge. Luckily, I caught wind of a small taco shack called Sharky. A tight spot with a Baja vibe, it’s got the works in terms of seafood. The Shrimp and Fish Tacos ($3) are incredibly refreshing as they balance spice and flavor. And while you’re munching down on some tacos, order some oysters. Of course, some may shy away, but you can’t experience true Baja without some zesty oysters.

Sharky’s Fish & Shrimp

5420 Central Ave SW

Neighborhood: South Valley

Category: Mexican

Phone: (505) 831-8905

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La Carreta Hot Dogs Y Taqueria

More of a hidden gem than some of the others mentioned, La Carreta is a food truck that’s always setting up shop in this area. And trust me, you’re going to be seeking this little truck for some of the best carne tacos I’ve tried in a long time. Rich with juices and greasy goodness, it offers a little taste of Central Mexico in their meat.

La Carreta Hot Dogs Y Taqueria

504 Old Coors Dr SW

Neighborhood: South Valley

Category: Mexican

Phone: (505) 804-7106

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Taco Bus

A funny, quirky little joint, the Taco Bus is a restaurant on wheels. One of the more unique and cool taco joints the city has the offer, they also supply some of the more succulent tacos. Their Pineapple Marinated Pastor Taco ($6) is so darn good, you’ll be ordering another set. It’s a cool spot. You can actually sit inside the bus and hang out.

Taco Bus

4801 Central Ave NW

Neighborhood: South Valley

Category: Mexican

Phone: (505) 301-7512

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Filibertos Mexican Food

There is no introduction needed for Filibertos. This was always the spot to roll to in college. Open till late, good greasy food, it definitely helped me get through that dreaded finals week. Especially when you got a good buzz going on, their tacos match perfectly with that feeling. Both seafood and meat tacos are tasty, I recommend getting both, however, if you’re split with the decision, grab the beef. Their carnitas will melt in your mouth.

Filibertos Mexican Food

4011 Central Ave NW

Neighborhood: South Valley

Category: Mexican

Phone: (505) 352-0995

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Casa Taco

I’ve heard the opinion on Casa Taco is pretty split. Some find it bland, while I find it rather delicious. When I’m trying to avoid meat throughout the week, I come here for a toothsome calabacitas taco. Mixed with spicy vegetables and covered with a piping hot tortilla, you’ll get your vegan taco fix here.

Casa Taco

111 Coors Blvd NW

Neighborhood: South Valley

Category: Mexican

Phone: (505) 200-2816

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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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