Are you looking for a great authentic taco in Spartanburg, SC? Kidding Around Contributor Melanie Coblentz is right there with you. She’s a taco fan and has tried several restaurants in Spartanburg searching for that perfect taco. Here’s her list of authentic taco qualifications and restaurants where you can find them!
I recently saw where a national poll declared a fast-food chain as having the best tacos in the country. After some reflection, I realized that this poll result was (most likely) because of the fact that it’s a national chain with a location in every town. I also recently saw where that same chain won runner-up in the local newspaper’s Best Mexican Restaurant Category.
For this, there is no explanation. I can’t understand, or explain it.
That’s one of the many reasons I decided to seek out the best authentic taco in Spartanburg. My search was also a quest to relive the tacos of my childhood. As a kid I spent quite a few weekends working at the flea market with my dad, enjoying tacos from a taco truck before it was a trendy thing.
My search in Spartanburg is just beginning, but I have some places I’ve tried and some I’m excited to try.
What Makes an Authentic Taco
Before I get to the list, let me just clarify what an authentic taco means to me.
- It’s got to be on a soft corn Tortilla. ALWAYS. Don’t get me wrong, I love flour tortillas and hard shell corn tacos. But for the purpose of my quest, only this type of corn tortilla will do
- Next and most importantly, is the meat. Save the ground beef for the burgers, we’re looking for grilled meats. Ideally, pork or beef.
- The tacos are then completed with a simple topping of cilantro, onion, and a squirt of fresh lime juice.
- Occasionally the tacos will be served next to a salad of lettuce, tomato, and cheese – but surprisingly these are not meant to be piled on top of your taco.
- NEW to the mainstream (American) Mexican menu – Birria tacos! These are not new to Mexican cuisine; they’ve just become trendy. Now the tacos that were invented to use up the small bits of meat left on the bones after stewing them are expensive. I find this hilarious, but I’m super excited that more of our Mexican culture is being embraced. Have you tried these insta-popular tacos yet? They come with a cup of consume broth for dipping and with or without the melted cheese.
Where to Find Authentic Tacos
The following places are just some of the places around town you can find such a taco.
Conveniently located in downtown Spartanburg, Burrito Hub has quickly become one of my favorite places to grab tacos in the hub city. The tacos are reasonably priced, they have the best Elote in Spartanburg, and they have margaritas! Follow them on social media to know when they have specials.
253 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg | 864.327.8406
This restaurant is very popular in local foodie groups, with good reason. The food is authentic, reasonably priced, and good. I enjoy the carne asada and al pastor tacos, with a side of scratch-made refried beans. There’s a salsa bar to customize your tacos if you’d like to add some heat. Conveniently located next to I-26, don’t let the Roebuck address deter you from trying the tacos here.
6198 Highway 221, Roebuck | 864.913.1500
One glance at online reviews and you’ll be ready to head to Wellford to enjoy some tacos here. The portions are generous and reasonably priced.
105 B Little Mountain Road, Wellford | 864.336.5008
Already a favorite with readers in Greenville. The newly opened location in Roebuck is turning diners in Spartanburg into fans. Their yummy authentic tacos and awesome kids meal deals are a reason Uncle Bertos is a favorite with my family. For residents on the westside of Spartanburg, the Simpsonville location might be closer to dine at.
2509 Stone Station Road, Roebuck | 864.586.3973
100 Batesville Road, Simpsonville | 864.234.6501
This super popular taco truck can usually be found in the parking lots adjacent to the national taco chain, near I-26 and W.O. Ezell Boulevard. You can call in your order so it’ll be ready when you pull up.
7785 Warren Abernathy Highway, Spartanburg | 864.279.7527
Tacos & Blaa Blaa Bla is a brick-and-mortar restaurant and a food truck that serves up delicious, really affordable tacos. The taco truck can usually be found parked in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville, and during the pandemic, they are even visiting neighborhoods. Follow them on Facebook for more info to be announced and find out where their food truck is headed next! There was a new location planned for Woodruff; sadly, I think that fell through.
1004 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville | 864.399.6945
A Few More Tacos to Try
Other places that have been recommended to me by readers, that I have yet to try are:
Fabian Mata’s concern for his community and for his patrons after our recent tornados has me eager to have a meal at this popular downtown restaurant.
129 Spring Street, Spartanburg | 864.586.1192
I’m excited to try the tacos this bakery serves up, it comes highly recommended! Plus their baked goodies look really tempting!
106 South Blackstock Road, Spartanburg SC
3614 Parris Bridge Road, Boiling Springs | 864.814.0770
3442 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs | 864.814.6770
There are plenty of awesome Mexican and taco places that are not on the list. I hope this inspires our readers to head out and explore the little tucked away restaurants, with awesome authentic offerings.
Are you looking for more awesome and authentic tacos? Check out our Guide to Authentic Tacos in Greenville, SC!
Is there a place you think I should add to my quest for the perfect authentic taco? Let me know!