By Cailey Rizzo
May 09, 2019
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Xicamiti La Tauqeria in Golden, CO
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When people from Texas and California come to the northeast, they have one constant, unrelenting refrain: “Can’t get any good tacos up here.”

Perhaps there’s something to that claim after all.

Yelp has rounded up the best tacos in the country, according to users’ reviews. And although many of the top contenders are located pretty much exactly where you’d expect, there are quite a few curveballs. (The list limited selections to only two per state to ensure geographic diversity.)

The (perhaps unexpected) top honor for best tacos goes to Las Vegas’s Bajamar Seafood & Tacos. Reviewers of the restaurant renown it for having “some of the best seafood tacos around.” Although skeptics may question the flavors of seafood tacos in a land-locked city, fans insist visitors try the octopus and the bajamar fish tacos. A meal for two (with a couple of Modelos) should cost under $50 (hopefully a lot under), so you’ll have a budget remaining to check out the rest of Vegas.

The runner-up is Colorado restaurant Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro, where one reviewer said they enjoyed taco flavors that “were complex and layered, much richer in depth than I expected from a seemingly casual taco restaurant.”

Third and fourth place both went to spots in California (one north and one tantalizingly close to the Mexican border). But, then again, the sixth-best taco place in America, according to Yelp, is in Juneau, Alaska — which may raise some eyebrows. So you should probably plan a trip to all the top spots to sample all their tacos. Just to make sure it’s all accurate.

1. Bajamar Seafood & Tacos Las Vegas, Nevada

Bajamar Seafood and Tacos in Las Vegas
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Xicamiti La Tauqeria in Golden, CO
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3. Roundhouse Deli Roseville, California

Tacos from Roundhouse Deli in California
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4. Casanova Fish Tacos Spring Valley, California

Casanova Fish Tacos in Spring Valley, California
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5. Cocina Madrigal Phoenix, Arizona

Cocina Madrigal tacos in Phoenix, AZ
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6. Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos Juneau, Alaska

Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos in Juneau, AK
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7. Kurry Takos Austin, Texas

Kurry Takos in Austin, TX
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8. Granny's Tacos Austin, Texas

Granny's Tacos in Austin, TX
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9. 167 Raw Charleston, South Carolina

167 Raw restaurant in Charleston, SC
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10. El Chile Toreado Santa Fe, New Mexico

El Chile Toreado tacos in Santa Fe, NM
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11. Cardon y El Tirano Miami, Florida

Cardon y El Tirano tacos, in Miami, FL
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12. Acevedo's Hawaicano Cafe Kahului, Hawaii

Acevedo's tacos in Hawaii
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13. Los Tacos No.1 New York, New York

Los Tacos No. 1 in New York
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14. Taqueria El Asador Pensacola, Florida

Taqueria el Asador, Pensacola, FL
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15. TaquerEATa Lahaina, Hawaii

TaquerEATa taco truck in Hawaii
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16. Taqueria Pollo Asado Lynnwood, Washington

Taqueria Pollo Asado in Washington
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17. The Alcove Sunnyside, New York

The Alcove tacos, in Sunnyside, NY
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18. Tacos Del Chavo Kennesaw, Georgia

Tacos del Chavo in Kennesaw, GA
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19. Guerra's Krazy Taco Springfield, Ohio

Guerra's Krazy Taco in Ohio
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20. Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa Phoenix, Arizona

Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa in Phoenix
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21. Taqueria La Loma Akron, Ohio

Taqueria La Loma in Ohio
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22. Edgewater Tacos Chicago, Illinois

Edgewater Tacos in Chicago
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23. Tacobook Taqueria Everett, Washington

Tacobook Taqueria in Washington
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24. South Philly Barbacoa Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

South Philly Barbacoa tacos, in Philadelphia
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25. Tacos La Pasadita Green River, Utah

Tacos la Pasadena, in Utah
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