Where can you get tacos in the Berkshires? Well, let's taco 'bout it ...
Americans consume more than 4.5 billion tacos every year, according to Party Excuses Network. That's a lot of tacos!
The taco debate in America is constant: al pastor (pork) or fried fish, traditional or fusion, corn or flour tortillas? The Berkshires is home to many restaurants Mexican and non-Mexican that feature tacos. This taco tour is focused on Mexican restaurants that feature a taco menu seven days a week. That way you can take a taco tour from North to South any night of the week!
69 Spring St, Williamstown, 413-344-5121, open Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This Spring Street staple has been serving Williams students and the Williamstown community since 2011. Tony's is primarily a take-out spot with about a dozen seats inside. Its taco menu features the classics, which are served with rice and beans. The Tacos de Chorizo comes three to a plate, topped with cilantro, onions, guacamole and salsa for a cool $9.99. Throw in a Jarritos soda for a winning combination.
505 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-4240, open Tuesday to Saturday: 4 to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 4 to 9 p.m. coyoteflacomass.com
Coyote Flaco offers a diverse menu that blends Mexican food with South American influence, as well as some dishes from Spain. The first of two upscale Mexican offerings on this list, they offer several options including the traditional Tacos Al Pastor: Sauteed pork with pineapple, onions, chipotle sauce and cotija cheese at $9. Coyote Flaco also boasts over 80 brands of tequila, so there's plenty of options to pair with your tacos.
Tito's Mexican Grill
34 Depot St., Pittsfield, open Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday: noon to 9 p.m., titosmexicangrillpittsfield.com
Tito`s has a solid list of tacos on its menu including the Tacos de Rio, with a choice of chorizo, steak or chicken. For $11.99 a plate, you get three tacos and a generous helping of rice and beans. Go with a Mojito (non-alcoholic options available) on this one. Reasonably priced at $6.99 and made with in-house ingredients, it's a refreshing pair.
Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
156 North St., Pittsfield, 413-499-2266, open Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday; panchospittsfield.com
This North Street institution offers two types of preparations on its tacos: "Authentic style" on a corn tortilla, onions, cilantro and salsa or "American-style" on a flour tortilla, lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa. For $6.99, you can get trio tacos, from Al Pastor and chrorizo to fish tacos. Pancho's recently started offering delivery in the Pittsfield area, you can now get tacos in the comfort of your own home!
Special mention: International House of Tacos, 1231 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, open Wednesday to Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 413-464-8654
It's hard to leave off the list a place that has tacos in its name. As opposed to the rest of the restaurants on this list, IHOT does not focus on traditional tacos, rather on fusion tacos, such as Hawaiian and Korean tacos with fillings from around the world (Prices range $6.50-$8 for two tacos).
Xicohtencatl Mexican Restaurant
50 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-528- 2002, Sunday: noon to 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday: 4 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday: noon to 9:30 p.m. xicohmexicano.com
Xicohtencatl is the second fine dining establishment on our list. Xico's features a smaller selection of tacos, including the Tacos de Carnitas, which come on handmade corn tortillas, slow-cooked pork topped with guacamole and pico-de-gallo salsa. The very filling order of two comes in at $12. Pair this with a mango agua fresca and you've got yourself a meal.
Donaji Mexican Restaurant
389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-717-4220. Tuesday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. donajimexicanrestaurant.com
The newest restaurant on the list, Donaji's features tacos on their menu. They offer just under a dozen types of smaller street-style tacos, encouraging diners to build their own plate. I went with a trio of carnitas, chorizo and lengua (beef tongue), each ranging from $2.50 to $3.50 and they hit the spot. I drank mine with a mango Jarritos (can you tell they are my favorite?), but Donaji's has quite a few drink options available.
Fiesta Bar and Grill
284 Main St., Bldg. II, Great Barrington, open Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 413-528-3343 fiestabarandgrill.com
Located across from The Triplex Theater, this family-friendly spot offers a range of tacos on its menu including Tacos Norte os with cheese, steak sauteed with onions, tomatoes and a hint of chipotle, Served with rice and refried beans, an order of three comes in at $14.95. Margaritas are on the menu at Fiesta and are a perfect pairing. If you are looking to make tacos, check out El Punto De Encuentro Latin Market to pick up your provisions! Located right next-door to Fiesta, this little market is the perfect spot to purchase tortillas, chorizo, sauces and other ingredients to make your tacos at home.
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