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11 Best Places For Tacos In Asheville, NC

Where can you get the best tacos in Asheville, NC? As locals, we are sharing the most delicious Asheville taco places.

If you follow us anywhere on social media, you know that we love two things: tacos and beer. OK, and cats!

We will never turn down the opportunity to eat tacos in Asheville, especially since there are so many restaurants churning out the goods.

So, where can you get the best tacos in Asheville, NC? ‘Best’ is always tricky, but as AVL locals, we’ve heavily…uh… ‘researched…’ Asheville’s taco scene, scouring restaurants for their wildest creations.

Below, we are sharing where you can find tacos in downtown Asheville as well as in a few off-the-beaten-path spots, including breweries, taco food trucks, and closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Enjoy Asheville’s spiciest tacos along the French Broad River, in Asheville’s hippest neighborhoods — next to beer gardens — and even in more yuppie Biltmore Village.

We’ll also tell you where you can find vegan taco crema and the most inventive taco creations. Keep reading to eat the best tacos in Asheville, NC. Let’s get started!

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Best Tacos In Asheville, NC with three tacos filled with meat, onion, sauce, and cilantro on light brown cutting board
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11 Best Places For Tacos In Asheville, NC

1. White Duck Taco Shop

This goes without saying, but White Duck Taco is one of the most popular and best places for tacos in Asheville. You’ll know that you’ve arrived when you see a line out the door right at opening.

Also a great spot for lunch in AVL, chill next to the French Broad River with your pooch (River Arts District location). White Duck Taco has plenty of outdoor seating.

They are also a great restaurant option if you are traveling with kids, as they serve up kids’ quesadillas, chicken, and chips with queso and salsa.

These are not your average Asheville tacos either. Think Chicken Tikka Masala, Crispy Chicken BLT, Bangkok Shrimp, Crispy Pork Belly, and Gyro-themed soft tacos along with a local brew.

White Duck Taco labels gluten-free items. You can obliterate your tacos at a shaded picnic table.

However, if crowds of people and lines turn you off, keep reading for other delicious taco spots.

White Duck Taco can be overwhelming, and there are equally worthy taco places across Asheville.

White Duck Taco Shop | RAD 388 Riverside Drive | Downtown 12 Biltmore Avenue | Arden 16 Miami Circle

2. Taco Temple

Where can you find tacos in Asheville and sit in a former 1930s gas station? Taco Temple! Just head toward the northern part of the city.

Mamacita’s Taco Temple is always jumping. Think milled corn tortillas, tortas, and tamales.

Taco Temple is the most unique if you are craving breakfast tacos in Ashevilleand who isn’t? Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM, and they even have a vegan taco option.

Think Mexican hot chocolate and tater tots, too. Taco Temple also has a small kids’ menu and a salad option. Don’t forget the margaritas and cocktails.

Taco Temple | 132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801

3. Zia Taqueria

We frequent the West Asheville restaurants, and Zia Taqueria is one of our go-to Asheville taco joints.

They even have plentiful vegan options, including a cashew cream sauce and burrito bowl topped with cauliflower, veggies, and vegan protein selections.

Sit outside on their huge patio or dine inside, and don’t forget that gorgeous margarita. We’d dare to say that Zia Taqueria makes one of the best margaritas in Asheville.

While you order, munch on complimentary salsa and chips — which we can never stop eating. Afterward, head to The Whale for the largest craft beer selection with great imports from around the U.S. and world.

Zia Taqueria has its own parking lot. We prefer to park at the church next door — which utilizes the Park Mobile app — especially if we are touring West Asheville afterward.

Zia Taqueria Asheville | 521 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

4. TacoBilly

Another great option for those Asheville breakfast tacos after a night of touring the AVL rooftop bars, head to TacoBilly in West Asheville.

You’ll spot TacoBilly’s bright blue building with the red billy goat on the side. They proudly source local ingredients and support AVL’s local purveyors.

Build your own taco, and find veggie tacos for lunch. TacoBilly sits close to one of Asheville’s top cideries, Urban Orchard West, as well as one of the best donut spots in town, Hole Doughnuts. Archetype West is right there, too.

Taco Billy | 201 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

5. Taqueria Munoz Food Truck

Taqueria Munoz Food Truck at Zillicoah Beer Company with three soft tacos on a plate garnished with lime and cilantro
If you are looking for food truck tacos in Asheville along with craft beer, Zillicoah is a must.

As locals, it’s no secret that Zillicoah is one of our favorite local Asheville breweries.

Situated against the French Broad River in Woodfin — and also close to White Duck Taco — Zillicoah has the best Asheville taco food truck, Taqueria Munoz.

With plentiful outdoor seating and indoor tables, head to the back for Zillicoah’s permanent food truck. Choose from tacos, burritos, and sopas.

Taqueria Munoz also handmakes their soft-shell tacos. While they are zero frills, the food is delicious amidst the perfect atmosphere.

Afterward, head to nearby Ginger’s Revenge or the River Arts District. One of our favorite wine bars, Bottle Riot, is only 5-minutes away.

Taqueria Munoz | Zillicoah Beer Company | 870 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, NC 28804

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6. Mamacita’s Taqueria

A locally-owned family business, Mamacita’s Taqueria has been named one of the best Asheville taco places for years — along with burritos and fantastic Mexican cuisine.

Choose from Avocado Plantain, Cauliflower, Carnitas, Shrimp, Veggie, and Steak burritos. Or, order a traditional Baja Fish Taco.

Mamacita’s also serves ensalada, nachos, guacamole, and vegan and veggie options. For the best taco places in downtown Asheville, these guys are close to infamous Wicked Weed BrewPub and the LaZoom Bus comedy tours.

While there, start your tour of the Asheville murals, including The Dreamer, Lionel Richie, and 10,000 Buddhas. See all that you can do in and around downtown Asheville.

Mamacita’s Taqueria | 77-A Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

7. Ay Caramba Mexican Grill

We were sad to see The Scarlet Bee close in North Asheville (and they are a food truck now). However, Ay Caramba moved in, and their food is sizzling.

Ay Caramba Mexican Grill also has older locations across Asheville, and their portions are huge.

Think drinks as big as your face, and some of the best Mexican cuisine in town. Along with tacos, they serve enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, and house specialities.

For now, you can catch Ay Caramba’s menu on Facebook.

Ay Caramba Mexican Grill | 853 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | 801 Fairview Rd STE 2, Asheville, NC 28803 | 328 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806

8. Tacos Jalisco Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria

Who doesn’t love a Taco Tuesday in Asheville? If you are looking for Mexican cuisine, head to Tacos Jalisco.

Choose from tacos, tortas, tamales, and so much more. Another no-frills taco place in West Asheville, munch on fresh salsa while sipping a margarita.

Tacos Jalisco | 1328 Patton Ave A, Asheville, NC 28806

9. The Cantina

For fresh Mexican food and tacos in Asheville, head to Historic Biltmore Village. The Cantina is famous for its colorful tequila bar and extra-large portions. Plan for a takeaway box.

The Cantina makes for a great stop after a day of touring Biltmore Estate or if you enjoy shopping. They have all of your Mexican favorites including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

We always have to order a stuffed avocado to start along with a tasty avocado margarita.

Afterward, brewery hop in Biltmore Village at French Broad Brewing, Thirsty Monk, or Hillman Beer. Eda Rhyne Distillery is nearby, too.

The Cantina At Historic Biltmore Village | 10 Biltmore Plaza, Asheville, NC 28803

10. Papa’s & Beer

When we first moved to Asheville, Clayton of KnoxRoadTripper introduced us to Papa’s & Beer. They’ve become a tradition on our way home from Blue Ridge Parkway hikes and The North Carolina Arboretum.

A family-run business, Papa’s & Beer serves authentic California-style Mexican cuisine. They have flautas, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, seafood, and much more.

Their menu, like their portions, is quite large.

Papa’s & Beer | 1000 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

11. Peace Love Tacos

For quick tacos in downtown Asheville, head to Asheville’s newest food hall, S&W Market.

The market is located in a gorgeous historic building and has all of your go-to’s. Think beer, ice cream, tacos, hot dogs, and fried chicken sandwiches.

Pull up a seat on the second floor to watch people, eat tacos, and drink a flight from Highland Brewing.

Paige & Danny Scully also own Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar in downtown Asheville. Peace Love Tacos serves up a-la-carte and fresh tacos.

Peace Love Tacos | S&W Market | 56 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

You may also enjoy Tequilas Bar and Grill in Hendersonville or Ole’s Guacamole in Black Mountain for tacos near Asheville.

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Where do you love to get tacos in Asheville, NC?

What is your favorite Asheville taco joint? And, which taco do you love to order? What are your favorite taco fillers? Let us know in the comments!

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Macey @ Brine & Books

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

i'm always blown away by the crazy variety in tacos as someone of mexican descent who always has the basic tacos--asada, carnitas, lengua, etc! :') some of these sound delicious!!

Christine

Friday 24th of September 2021

You must go to White Duck Taco Shop one day, then. They have a wild variety of tacos in Asheville!