Taste Test

Taste Test: Special Cinco de Mayo Edition

From tacos to nachos, salads to rice dishes, we tasted the gamut of Mexican specialties.


Nothing says comfort and deliciousness better than Mexican food. From tacos to nachos, salads to rice dishes, we tasted the gamut of Mexican specialties. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to dig in.

Crispy, Crunchy Comfort
What was once just a food truck, Paco’s Tacos now has a brick and mortar restaurant and another food truck on the way. After sampling their crispy taco, it’s pretty clear why they’ve expanded. The heavenly crunch of the taco never got soggy as it held the beef, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. Plus, the fried poblano rings on the side left everyone wanting more. 100 East Street, Cranston. 463-7226

More Than A Side
It can’t always be about tacos. After tasting the cactus salad from Chilangos, it shouldn’t be. Tangy and crisp thin slices of cactus were paired with tart grapefruit bites to add a surprisingly refreshing bite. The sprinkling of sliced almonds was also a nice touch. Needless to say, it whet our appetite for more. 447 Manton Avenue. 383-4877

Simple Pleasures
The tacos at Tortilla Flats, packed to the brim with flavorful, juicy ground beef, lettuce and cheese, left us satisfied and craving more. With a choice of soft or crunchy hard-shelled tacos, spicy sauces, sour cream, beans, tomatoes and other delicious ingredients, we had lots of tasty options. 355 Hope Street. 751-6777, TortillaFlatsRI.com

Homemade Happiness
Viva Mexico Cantina Grill delivered the ultimate balance of homemade food at a high quality. The crunchy taquitos were cheesy and crisped to perfection, while the enchiladas verdes packed a spicy kick. Lastly, we dug into rice, refried beans and the spicy, sauce-covered soft tacos that everyone should go try now. 129 Washington Street. 369-7974, VivaMexicoCantinaGrill.com