21 Orlando tacos you must try

Until you’ve eaten every one of these, you can’t consider yourself a true taconaut

21 Orlando tacos you must try

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Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Another unconventional but undeniably tasteful choice: Hawkers' East Street Tacos, which wrap five-spice-dusted, flash-fried fish fillets in a flour tortilla and top with red onions, cilantro, cucumber strips and a creamy sauce. Multiple locations, eathawkers.com

Hunger Street Tacos

Hibiscus flowers – known as jamaica (pronounced ha-mai-kah) – are a popular ingredient in central Mexico, especially in Mexico City, where tart, fuchsia hibiscus tea and aguas frescas are peddled in every bodega. Luckily, Florida is full of the flowers too, and Hunger Street Tacos in Winter Park has embraced this dual citizen for their guacamole and hibiscus flower taco. It's a conversation starter. 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 321-444-6270; hungerstreettacos.com

Market on South

Dixie Dharma's Tiki Tacos are the closest thing we have to San Antonio-style puffy tacos: barbecue pulled jackfruit or smoked tempeh topped with purple kraut, pineapple salsa and coconut creme served in a puffed-out, chewy-crispy fried shell. 2603 E. South St., 407-613-5968, marketonsouth.com

Mi Gordita Loca

When a tortilla gets a little chubby and then gets split open into a pocket like a pita, it's a gordita. These fried masa cakes stuffed with whatever you like (but we like the rajas, a creamy, cheesy sauté of mild pepper strips) are a fun spin on the street taco, plus ever so slightly less messy. 1615 Lee Road, 407-930-6670, lagorditaloca.com

The Ocoee Taco Co.

The spot is off the beaten path, but the tacos are worth beating a path to. These are the tried-and-true truck tacos you grew up with, if you grew up on the West Coast, and if you didn't, just trust that you need to eat them. Everything is fresh and house-made, without being fussy or "gourmet." Chomp the carne asada with its blanket of cilantro and side of radish slices. 40 Taylor St., Ocoee, 407-614-2990

click to enlarge Pig Floyd's - Photo by Jessica Bryce Young
Photo by Jessica Bryce Young
Pig Floyd's

Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa

Two words here inspire fervor – butter chicken. The vibrant orange Indian stew is a flavor-full fat bomb, and when stuffed into a flour tortilla with basmati rice, pickled jalapeños, toasted pepitas and a cooling dollop of crema, the combination is spicy, soft, savory and sweet all at once. 1326 N. Mills Ave., 407-203-0866; also 9680 Narcoossee Road, 407-730-7376; pigfloyds.com

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