“When it’s done properly, taco should be a verb.” – Jonathan Gold

I moved my family to St George in 2008 from Arizona where we had really great dine in Mexican restaurants like Rancho Tia Rosa’s  – I think we were spoiled.  St George has some pretty good Mexican hangouts like the Green Iguana and their amazing white sauce on a cheese enchilada (sorry, they don’t have a website at this time to link to) or Don Pedro’s parradilla platter experience, but nothing high-end destination like we had in Arizona.  What we do have is a handful of great little taco places that are perfect for soccer mom’s on a budget and hungry hikers.  Here are my top 3, not in any particular order, and I suggest trying all 3.

1.) Cal’s Smok’n Taco food truck.

Run by Tommy, Cal’s grandson.  Tommy gives a great nod to his grandpa as to where he learned how to smoke great meats for these original taco’s.  About $4 each, a plate of 3 fills you up and the smell of mesquite doesn’t hurt.  My personal favorite is his El Paso taco – slow smoked brisket, tangy jicama lime slaw and Tommy’s hand crafted BBQ sauce.  See where he’s at today on Instagram.

2.) Tacos Plaza.

This is a small patio option restaurant with a very simple menu with fresh tacos, burritos, nachos & quesadillas (more).  The prices are reasonable and the Mexican soul flavor is very authentic.  The word of mouth (literally)  is the only form of marketing they need.  Our first 3 times here we were disappointed because they sold out!  Our 4th trip was well worth the wait – I was pleased with the flavor and freshness.  The salsa bar had all the essentials I wanted.  Their secret right from them – “And our recipes are our own! Perfected over generations of love and passed down from mother to daughter, everything at Tacos Plaza is original, fresh, and absolutely delicious!”

3.) El Coyote Charo.

El Coyote is the kind of place that, when I walk in I see only myself and one or two other ‘gringo’s’, everyone else is latino, therefore I know this place is real good.  Fresh agua frescas & horchata to a salsa bar with fresh pinto beans.  Here you can get tacos’ made with all the traditional meats (carne asada, el pastor, chicken) as well as unique baja flavors like shrimp ceviche or menudo.   The smell of fresh fire roasted jalapeños and onions fills the air and the melty cheese is a must.

Because I love the Latino flavors – especially the Taco – I hope you found my top 3 as tasty as I have.

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