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Tacodeli

PHOTOS: Jordan Haro

Tacodeli is the ultimate competition to Torchy’s Tacos. Two local chains, serving delicious gourmet tacos at reasonable prices. So what’s the difference?

It all lies in the breakfast tacos.

Taco Deli’s breakfast tacos are better than Torchy’s. They consistently cook their eggs perfectly, and they do adventurous things with their salsa flavors. The only problem? They stop serving them at 11am. This is problematic for a type of food best consumed after a night of heavy drinking, after which, chances are, you'll be waking up post-cut off time. If you make excellent food, we don’t want to be told when we can and can’t order it, especially if your open sign is still up (until 3pm).

Their lunch tacos are very good, too, and sway more towards the traditional Mexican offerings, especially compared to Torchy's. We're partial to Torchy's lunch offerings, but Tacodeli definitely also pulls through in a big way. They also offer vegan options that are a sort-of-healthy relief from the richness of most other taco menus in town.

The Spyglass location, with its many trees and picnic tables, feels zen and somehow like a secret kept from the masses. There are many Tacodelis popping up around town these days, but this location is by far the best.

Food Rundown

Sirloin, Egg, and Cheese Taco

Our favorite item on the menu. The meat melts in your mouth. This is the best incarnation of this type of taco in the entire city.

Scallop Taco

Only available on Thursdays, but dynamite nonetheless.

Pollo Adobo

Chicken breast smothered in a savory, smoky adobo rub. Very unique, and worth trying.

Frontera Chicken Fundido

A more traditional fajita-style taco. Very tasty.

Dona Salsa

We love Tacodeli’s salsas. This one is green, creamy, and quite spicy.

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