In Wilmington, NC, you’ll discover a tantalizing array of 18 eateries that take taco craftsmanship to new heights. From Leland to downtown, midtown to Wrightsville Beach, these locales offer a diverse spectrum of tacos to suit the palates of both land lovers and ocean enthusiasts alike. With innovation and creativity in the kitchen, these chefs and culinary teams have transcended the traditional, Americanized taco formula of ground beef, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream.
Among these gems, you’ll find traditional taquerias that delve deep into the heart of authentic Mexican cuisine, as well as restaurants that present tacos as a special and unique offering on their menu. Whatever your taco preferences may be, you’re sure to find the perfect taco that caters to your taste buds.
Nestled in the charming historic district of Wilmington, NC, Shaka Taco is an offshoot of its original Surf City location and is conveniently situated within Pour Tap Room. Shaka Tacos prides itself on utilizing the freshest ingredients, including crisp locally-sourced vegetables, and the finest, freshly caught fish and seafood. Don’t forget to pair a Shaka Taco with one of the many craft beers on tap at Pour Taproom.
Taco Week Special: Togarashi taco @ $6.95
You can find Beer Barrio in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. This uniquely themed restaurant specializes in modern Mexican cuisine with a Southern twist, all infused with craft beer flavors, and it’s available for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The restaurant boasts a complete bar, featuring 30 beers on tap and an exclusive draft cocktail menu. You have the option to dine indoors or enjoy the fresh air on their seasonal, dog-friendly patio, shaded by umbrellas.
Taco Week Specials: Pulled pork taco @ $8 & coconut cobia ceviche @ $12
Nestled by the Cape Fear River, Marina Grill is a waterfront restaurant and bar that creates a laid-back and delightful ambiance, dishing out mouthwatering American fare that features locally sourced oysters, shrimp and seafood. Indulge in a wide variety of local draft beers, wines, and even kombucha tea, complemented by a range of expertly crafted cocktails.
Taco Week Special: Shrimp tacos @ $17
Tortilleria Y Taqueria Carolinas is your gateway to a true Mexican culinary experience. Their authentic taqueria is a haven for enthusiasts of Mexican cuisine, where they offer a delectable array of traditional favorites that will transport your taste buds south of the border. Their menu showcases an array of mouthwatering options, from flavorful tacos and hearty burritos to satisfying tortas.
When you visit Tortilleria Y Taqueria Carolinas, you have the freedom to savor your meal in two fantastic ways. You can opt to take your delicious Mexican fare to-go, perfect for those on the move, or you can choose to dine in and savor the rich flavors and vibrant ambiance.
Taco Week Specials: Quesabirria tacos @ $3.75 each & Mexican street tacos @ $3-$3.75 each & ceviche tostadas @ $5 each & huarache @ $12 each & homemade corn tortillas @ $4.50 a pack
La Tapatia is your go-to local Mexican restaurant, known for its fast-casual approach to delivering authentic Mexican cuisine. Our menu is a treasure trove of classic Mexican favorites that cater to all tastes, featuring a delightful array of options such as tacos, burritos, huaraches, tortes, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, and much more!
What makes La Tapatia truly special is our fully stocked bar, offering some of the finest margaritas in town that perfectly complement your meal. Seafood enthusiasts will delight in our renowned seafood dishes, including the fresh and zesty ceviche. Join us for a culinary journey that celebrates the vibrant and diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine right in the heart of Wilmington.
Taco Week Special: Street combo tacos @ $9.99
Nestled in Wilmington’s Sunset Park neighborhood, you’ll find Dram Tree Tavern, your local neighborhood bar. This inviting establishment provides a laid-back setting with live music and refreshing beverages available both indoors and outdoors. During the summer, relish a cool drink while listening to local bands perform on the lawn.
Dram Tree Tavern boasts a complete bar, a selection of locally brewed beers on tap, and a menu brimming with delectable offerings, including fish tacos, burgers, chips and guacamole, chicken sandwiches, vegan corn dogs, falafel, and a variety of other delights.
Taco Week Specials: Fried avocado tacos @ $8 & jerk chicken tacos @ $10 @ barbacoa tacos @ $12