Did you know you can find some delicious tacos in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge?
The rich diversity of the culinary scene in the region includes a number of local Mexican restaurants and food trucks that serve authentic tacos. Many of these hidden gems for tasty tacos can be found beside the Latino grocery stores located on Roanoke’s historic Williamson Road, which boasts an incredible variety of international cuisine.
If you’re one who dreams about finding a taco truck on every corner, this is the list for you.
Here are some of the best local spots for tacos you have to try in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!
*This list is in alphabetical order and is not a ranking.
You’re in for a tasty fiesta at Alejandro’s, which has multiple locations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including spots in Downtown Roanoke and North Roanoke. In addition to the popular chips & salsa bar, Alejandro’s has an impressive selection of tacos, such as the Shorty Tacos, which features your choice of chili lime asada, grilled chicken, al pastor or carnitas, topped with pico de gallo and guacamole.
Carniceria Lily is one of many trailers beside Latino grocery stores you’ll find on Williamson Road that serves tasty tacos! At this local spot, you place your order inside the store at the counter and then head back out to the trailer where your food is prepared. The menu features traditional taco options like asada, al pastor, and pollo (chicken), but if you’re feeling adventurous, try the lengua, tripa and suadero tacos!
Mi Tapatia is a great local spot with a festive Mexican atmosphere on Williamson Road. It’s a casual restaurant with a bar and dining room that features a menu with all kinds of Mexican dishes. An order of tacos will get you four tacos served on house-made flour tortillas and your choice of meat, such as campechana or carnitas, with cilantro, onions and lime.
Make it a taco date night in the Grandin Village with a romantic dinner at Nopales Restaurant! Named after the nopal cactus, a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine, Nopales specializes in flavors of the Caribbean and Central & South America. Taco options include a vegetarian-friendly swiss chard & mushroom, carnitas al pastor, and lamb & chorizo, which features lamb from the nearby Border Springs Farm.
Sabor Latino is a truck that can typically be found in the parking lot of the Laesquina Latina convenience store. Order a few carne asada (steak) tacos topped with grilled onions, cilantro, and salsa verde and don’t forget to add some fresh lime juice. Seating is limited but you could get your tacos to go and make the short trek over to Preston Park for a picnic!
It’s only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but a meal at Taco Riendo on Williamson Road is worth fitting into your weekend schedule! The food truck is parked beside the Reyna Produce market and its authentic Mexican cuisine is a hit with local foodies. If you’re a fan of beef, you can’t go wrong with the carne asada, lengua and barbacoa tacos.
Tacos in a convenience store?! It may sound strange, but you won’t regret it when you enjoy a meal at Tacos Rojas, which is located in Roanoke’s Mountain View Neighborhood. You’ll be amazed at the variety of Mexican dishes on the menu, including a broad selection of tacos such as carnitas, asada, al pastor, pollo asado, fish, shrimp, and chorizo.
Taqueria Express is a food truck tucked in the back of the parking lot at the La Estrella Latina store on Williamson Road, but it’s a delicious find. While most of the menu features authentic dishes from Honduras, you can also order carne asada tacos and tacos dorados to meet your taco craving. The fresh made tortillas really hit the spot!
An order of Tacos Mexicanos at Taqueria Rosita means you’ll be enjoying five small, traditional style tacos of corn tortillas topped with steak, onions, cilantro and sides of grilled onions, fresh lime, radish, and spicy red salsa. If the weather is good, have a seat at the picnic table in front of this Williamson Road taco truck. Need more space? Find a spot in the dining room located in the rear of the building beside the truck.
It doesn’t get any better than tacos and tequila at Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje, especially when the weather is nice and you can find a spot at the restaurant’s charming outdoor patio in Downtown Roanoke. The menu includes an assortment of meat and veggie friendly taco options, as well as a breakfast taco that’s served all day. You can even pick your taco style, choosing between the Gringo option of cheese, lettuce, lime sour cream & salsa, or the Traditional style of cilantro, pico de gallo, and lime. We’ll take one of everything, please!
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We hope you’re now prepared for your next taco feast in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Remember to tag us in your foodie pictures on Instagram and use our #BlueRidgeDay hashtag!
Note - many of these spots are cash only so prepare accordingly.
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