Best Tacos - 2011
Tinga del pollo at El Taco Riendo
When Twin Citians need their taco fix, they tend to think of Lake Street. But you'll actually find the Cities' best tacos in that other bastion of ethnic eating, Central Avenue in Northeast. El Taco Riendo (The Laughing Taco) has been around for only a couple of years, but the unassuming little storefront has one of the largest selections of taco fillings anywhere. You can choose from a dozen types of meats—from popular carne asada, pastor, and carnitas to more exotic tongue and tripe—and top it with an array of salsas, guacamole, onion, and cilantro. But the star of the taco show is the tinga del pollo—succulent shredded chicken saturated in a smoky chipotle sauce with tomato and onions. The savory tinga carries a genuine spicy kick that adds a whole other layer of complexity to the dish. At just $2.15 each, this taco may not leave you laughing, but it will definitely make you smile.