Let's Taco Bout It: These Aren't Your Average Tacos, AZ

Written by Kelly Potts Category: Lists Issue: January 2018
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It's Tuesday. And that only means one thing: tacos! While we'd never turn up our nose at traditional tacos, sometimes the same old, same old can get, well, old. So, we've mixed it up a bit and found some local creative twists on everyone's favorite Tuesday treat.

El Hefe Fried Avocado Taco

 

Fried Avocado Taco, El Hefe
Vegetarians and avocado aficionados unite! Head over to El Hefe for their Fried Avocado Taco, featuring chile and lime battered avocado, nappa cabbage, orange aioli, pickled onions and queso fresco – enough to make your taco dreams come true. El Hefe, which has two Valley locations, has one of the best Taco Tuesdays in the Valley.
$4, elhefe.com

 

Photo courtesy Salty Sow

 

Spit Roasted Pork Taco, Salty Sow
I know what you're thinking… what's 'unique' about a pork taco? Salty Sow takes your run of the mill carnitas and gives them a Southern U.S. twist. The Spit Roasted Pork Taco features slow roasted pork, fried egg, cheese grits and Parmesan queso wrapped in a magical tortilla. Name another taco that has grits?! Plus, these tacos are on happy hour. Score.
$5, 4801 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, saltysow.com

 

Ahi Poke Tacos

 

Ahi Poke Taco, CRUjiente Tacos
What's more millennial than a culinary portmanteau of two different food trends? CRUjiente Tacos goes full-on "millennial pink" with its Ahi Poke Taco. It features ruby morsels of ahi tuna, seaweed, sesame, green onion and kabayaki in a delicate Taro Root shell. So fetch.
$5.50, 3961 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, crutacos.com

 

Peking duck taco

 

Peking Duck Taco, Taco Guild
Duck, duck… TACO. The Peking duck taco at Taco Guild features plum sauce, fire roasted poblano apricot compote and Brie cheese. With so many favorite flavors going on, its hard to not love this taco. Brie cheese? Poblano apricot compote? It's like an evening spent discussing Freud at your professor's classy dinner party, snugly wrapped in a tortilla.
$4.95, 546 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, tacoguild.com

 

Falafel taco

 

Falafel Tacos, Perfect Pear Bistro
I sought out unique tacos, and boy did I find them! Perfect Pear Bistro comes in hot with its falafel taco, featuring crispy falafel, hummus, dill pickles, sprouts, tomato, topped with feta cheese and a creamy pesto vinaigrette. Pickles on a taco sounds weird but, trust us, they push this Mediterranean-inspired concoction over the edge.
$10, 3 Valley locations, perfectpearbistro.com

How many Tuesdays will it take you to complete this list?