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Taco Tuesday in Old Town Scottsdale

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Lists Issue: August 2016
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Taco Tuesday at Social Tap EateryNo one seems to know the true origin of Taco Tuesday. Some culinarians attribute the moniker to Taco John’s restaurant chain back in the '80s, while others see it as a current marketing gimmick to attract customers with bargain prices.

Whatever the origin, it’s pretty clear that Phoenicians love tacos – as evidenced by the number of taco joints around the Valley. If you’re wandering around Old Town Scottsdale on a Tuesday night and looking for cheap eats, here are a few to check out.

Barrio Queen
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
480-656-4197, barrioqueen.com
On Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., all Barrio Queen tacos are $2.50. Choose from more than 20 varieties, including carne asada, carnitas, chicken and beer-battered fish and shrimp. The Queen also serves three different vegetarian tacos.

Boondocks Patio & Grill
4341 N. 75th St, Scottsdale
480-949-8454, boondocksaz.com
Every Tuesday from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., all tacos and nachos are 25 percent off the regular price. You can also score $3 Mexican beers and $5 house margaritas and relax on one of Scottsdale’s largest climate-controlled patios.

Cien Agave Tacos & Tequila
7228 E. First St., Scottsdale
480-970-9002, cienagaves.com
This Old Town watering hole serves $2 shredded beef tacos all day on Tuesdays, along with $2 Tecate beers and $5 El Jimador Silver shots. If that’s not your bag, Cien Agave stocks 100 different tequilas.

Loco Patron
4228 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-874-0033, locopatron.com
All day on Tuesdays, Loco Patron dishes out $2 tacos and pours $5 “fresh-squeezed” margaritas and $3 Dos Equis.

Salty Senorita
3748 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-947-2116, saltysenorita.com
Salty Senorita offers $2 steak and chicken tacos, $2 Tecate cans, $3 Pacifico and Pacifico light bottles and $3 Sauza Blue shots.

Social Tap Eatery
4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale
602-432-6719, socialtapeatery.com
Taco Tuesday newcomer Social Tap offers carnitas, chicken or fish tacos for $2.50 each, topped with lettuce, cheese and pico de gallo on flour or corn tortillas. Social Tap also celebrates Taco Tuesday with $2 taquitos; $6 frozen cocktails; $5 tequila shots; and $4 Dos Equis pints.