From beef brains to pork stomach, here are nine novelty combinations of the humble taco to push yourself out of the Taco Tuesday rut. While all these locations offer their own variations on the standard classics, they also serve cheap options to help you step out of your culinary comfort zone and try something new.Read More
Eight Not So Normal Las Vegas Tacos to Try
1. Border Grill
If you've been looking for an excuse to visit the new Border Grill at the Forum Shops at Caesars, pencil in some time for a date with their taco menu. A dish of three corn tortillas, served with rice and organic black beans can include their new creation, the "crispy potato rajas," made with creamy potatoes, fire roasted chilies, Mexican cheeses and chipotle crema or their classic achiote braised Yucatan pork, created with black bean panucho, avocado and pickled onions.
2. China Poblano
Chef José Andrés fuses the Chinese and Mexican culinary worlds at China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan and onto the plate with his "Silencio Taco" dish. Bite into a handmade tortilla filled with braised duck tongue in a spicy sauce "accented with lychee fruit and scallions."
3. El Buen Pastor Taco Stand
Taqueria El Buen Pastor operates two local bricks and mortar locations, but their original taco stand on North Las Vegas Boulevard is the one that started all the buzz. Their Guadalajara inspired Mexican street food truck features a self-serve bar with your choice of salsas and toppings to place over $2.50 tacos de tripas, they unapologetically describe as "beef guts," or their tacos de buche which they bluntly call, "pork stomach."
4. Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar
Guy Fieri has put his spiky-quaffed spin on all manner of classic comfort foods at his Vegas Kitchen & Bar and his twist on the taco is no exception. He explains his "Sashimi Won-Tacos" are "everyone's fave 'cuz they're wicked tasty!" Take a trip to the taco district of Flavortown with "sashimi grade ahi and mango-jicama salsa" served in wonton taco shells and "drizzled with "wow-sabi" cream."
5. Pepe's Tacos
With three 24-hour locations, including a classic A-frame designed spot on Fremont Street, Pepe's Tacos offers a full roster of tacos anytime of day or night. That includes fillings like deep fried pork, lengua (tongue), chicharrón (pork skin) and the less common taqueria favorite, birria, better known as marinated goat meat.
6. Taco y Taco Mexican Eatery
Rumored to take over the legendary Las Vegas Boulevard corner spot vacated by Tacos El Gordo, Taco Y Taco is forging their own reputation at two local destinations. Find a flavorful and adventurous selection including tripas, saudeo, cesos, lengua, plus the uncommon ingredient cabeza, or beef head. They also serve tacos "vampiro" style, with cheese held between two tortillas.
7. Tacos & Beer
Tacos & Beer lives up to their name by offering twenty rotating draft beers, several dozen by the bottle and fourteen different taco selections. Beer-battered Baja-style fish tacos are joined by the "beef barbacoa," featuring "low roasted with stout-molasses bbq sauce with mashed potato, shaved lettuce, crema, cheddar in a crunchy tortilla" and the $2.95 "crunchy," made with "'guero' style seasoned ground beef and mashed potato, crunchy shell with lettuce, pico, sour cream, hot sauce and cheddar cheese.
8. Tacos El Gordo
The north Strip lost a late night favorite haunt when Tacos El Gordo shuttered last December, but they still operate two other Las Vegas locations serving authentic Tijuana inspired street food. That includes their tacos de sesos, a dish of corn tortillas with your choice of fresh toppings, plus the rarely found, cult taqueria ingredient, beef brains.