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Taco Bamba

Perfect For: Authentic Ethnic Eats Cheap Eats Dining Solo Serious Take-Out Operation

Taco Bamba

Great things come to those that venture out into the unknown. It’s a risk, but the rewards can be huge. We admire those that explore. Christopher Columbus found America, Lewis & Clark discovered dysentery, Magellan found some water, we’re pretty sure? We never paid particular attention in social studies, but the point stands. There is gold out there people, as long as you’re willing to hunt for it.

We recently struck taco gold (the best kind, in our opinion) way out in the unexplored areas of Falls Church, VA. We battled the beltway traffic and fought off the soul-sucking depression found in the office parks of Tysons Corner, and were rewarded with the best and most innovative tacos in the area.

Located in a strip mall right off of Leesburg Highway, there’s not much to the simple counter-service spot that has no tables other than some bar seating lining the walls. They have a list of traditional tacos (carne asada, al pastor, etc) as well as a special taco menu where the real good sh*t is. Things get weird, and we love it. Fries with bacon, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds, steak and chorizo and chicharones. Which makes sense when you find out that the place is run by a James Beard nominated chef. We’re all for fancy people making non-fancy food.

So next time you find yourself having to venture way out to Tyson’s Corner for some boring business meeting, do so with hope in your heart because you know you’ll be able to stop off at Taco Bamba to make the trip bearable.

Food Rundown

La Poutina

These beautiful sonsabitches have done something wonderful. They put fries on tacos. Then covered it with cheese and chorizo. We’ve never come here without getting at least one of these.

Breakfast Tacos

Your standard fillings (eggs, cheese, chorizo) but done better than anywhere else.

Taco Bamba

The namesake taco is a mixture of sliced steak and chorizo with some nice heat behind it.

Carne Asada

You will be tempted to order only the fancy tacos, but note that the originals (including al pastor) are all excellent, as well.


The usual, incredibly messy, incredibly delicious side.

Rice And Beans

You may think they’re boring but these are anything but.

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