Note: Don’t forget to check out part 1 of our guide if you haven’t already!
In this iteration of the burrito & taco guide we are going to explore some true underappreciated gems of the Boston area. These family-owned, hole-in-the-wall spots are cooking up recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Our first stop takes us to Waltham, MA, a suburb of Boston. Taqueria El Amigo is the definition of a hole-in-the-wall with minimal inside seating. The staff is all business as they sling tacos and burritos at impressive speeds. The taco special comes with four tacos for $8, and there is no extra charge for avocado. That is value you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Don’t let the cheap price fool you, these street tacos are hands down some of the best tacos in the Northeast. Wrapped in tinfoil and bursting with flavor, if you close your eyes and take a bite, you’ll feel like you have been transported south of the border. Don’t sleep on the burritos either. Filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, all of the flavors come together for a fiesta in your mouth. You also need to try the chips, and the real kicker, the salsa (Which comes in a styrofoam cup). Freshly made, you will get chunks of tomatoes and jalapenos with every bite. The salsa will have you wishing it came in a styrofoam Big Gulp.
For our next stop, we remain in Waltham, where you can get top-notch Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine. With an outdoor patio, Paisano is the perfect place to hang out and try one of the many margaritas on the menu. With their house marg going for $6.50, you can’t go wrong with slamming a few of those while you indulge with some delicious pupusas. If you have time to dine-in, we highly recommend their wet burrito. Make sure to bring your appetite, because this thing is the size of a small baby (And it comes with a side of beans and rice).
When it comes to burritos, one our biggest pet peeves is poor distribution of ingredients. At Paisano, every bite you take is carefully crafted so you get taste of each ingredient.
Looking for authentic street tacos in Boston proper? Well, look no further because Taco Mex has you covered. Taco Mex has been a cornerstone of Maverick for years. This is a burrito and taco guide, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention some other great menu items. Taco Mex has so much more to offer than simply burritos and tacos. Their fajita plates are sizzling skillets of goodness. If you have your eating pants on, their three meat fajita plate will have you unbuckling your belt at the end of the meal. Margarita-wise Taco Mex provides a wide selection, including the always-instagramable Coronarita.
We highly recommend that you grab a few tacos to-go and enjoy them on the water with some amazing skyline views of the city.