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Where to Eat Tacos in Charleston

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Maybe you demand free chips with your order or expect the joint to serve offal, but there's a taco joint of every sort in Charleston. From authentic tortillas to Americanized offerings, we've gathered a list of the top taquerias in town. Don't see your favorite? Leave us a comments.

Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 167 Raw

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289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC
167 Raw is know for their lobster rolls and oysters, but take a look at the taco menu. They serve shrimp, carnitas, and fish versions of the South of the Border snack.

2. Basico

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4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405
Stop by this stylish cantina for chef Bryan Cates's thoughtful interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Utilizing traditional techniques and local produce, Cates puts out buttermilk-fried chicken tacos and heritage pork chorizo-filled tortillas.

3. Carmen y Juan's

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1118 Park West Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
The owners of Carmen y Juan's relocated to Charleston from East L.A. and set up shop in an unassuming strip mall in Park West. Reviewers rave about the food and service. Those in search of cilantro-speckled tacos may not need to chase taco trucks for the authentic fare — try this Mount Pleasant restaurant instead.

4. FUEL Charleston

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211 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 737-5959
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An oasis on Rutledge Street, Fuel is housed in an old filling station. The atmosphere is relaxed and the outdoor courtyard is lively. Try the braised pork tacos with green chili aioli.

5. La Nortena

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6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 225-7055
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North Charleston stop La Nortena may look like a normal chain Mexican restaurant, but they make real-deal tacos and have a storefront store carrying fresh chorizo and other staples. Order lengua or tripe and soak the tortillas in the homemade salsas they put on the table. Photo: Google Maps

6. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

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817 Saint Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 751-4001
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Mex 1 feels like a surf shack, even if you aren't technically at the beach. Try the fish tacos or the crowd-favorite "Bangin' Shrimp."

7. Minero

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155 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
MInero is the newest spot from celebrity locavore Sean Brock. The menu items take on Mexican and Lowcountry flavors. Brock spent months perfecting the tortillas for the East Bay eatery.

8. Poe's Tavern

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2210 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
(843) 883-0083
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Most people go to Poe's for the burgers, but give the buffalo shrimp tacos a try. Spicy crustaceans are wrapped in a tortilla with bacon and blue cheese slaw.

9. Raul's Maya del Sol

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1012 East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
This petite taqueria puts out plates with traditional flavor. Raul's serves tacos on housemade corn tortillas with onions and cilantro. Patrons rave about the carne asada version.

10. Santi's Restaurante Mexicano

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1302 Meeting Street Rd
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 722-2633
Santi's outdoor patio is the place to be when the weather is nice. Order a giant margarita and then decide if you want Mexican or American style tacos. The chips and salsa are free. Photo: Wine Awesomeness

11. Taco Boy

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217 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-3333
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A visit to Taco Boy is all about the experience. The interiors are open and full of fun details. They have double tortilla tacos with unexpected fillings. Fried chicken tacos are slathered with mayo and sauteed shrimp are stuffed with slaw. Enjoy the patio with a frozen screwdriver and a few tacos.

12. Taco Spot

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1301 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-7426
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Taco Spot is one of the few places in Charleston offering breakfast burritos and tacos. Wake up with a hangover and order a For Goodness Steak Taco: espresso-rubbed steak, griddled potatoes, scrambled eggs, and ranchero sauce.

13. White Duck Taco Shop

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792 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 640-3008
The Asheville-based White Duck Taco brought new flavors to Charleston, like banh mi tofu tacos or a lamb gyro version. The James Island restaurant is for anyone looking for a unique type of taco.

14. Zia Taqueria

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1956A Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 406-8877
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Outdoor seating at Zia fills up as soon as the weather turns nice. James Island residents know this is the spot for cold margaritas and the filling Baja fish tacos.

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1. 167 Raw

289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC
167 Raw is know for their lobster rolls and oysters, but take a look at the taco menu. They serve shrimp, carnitas, and fish versions of the South of the Border snack.
289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC

2. Basico

4399 McCarthy St, North Charleston, SC 29405
Stop by this stylish cantina for chef Bryan Cates's thoughtful interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Utilizing traditional techniques and local produce, Cates puts out buttermilk-fried chicken tacos and heritage pork chorizo-filled tortillas.
4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Carmen y Juan's

1118 Park West Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
The owners of Carmen y Juan's relocated to Charleston from East L.A. and set up shop in an unassuming strip mall in Park West. Reviewers rave about the food and service. Those in search of cilantro-speckled tacos may not need to chase taco trucks for the authentic fare — try this Mount Pleasant restaurant instead.
1118 Park West Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

4. FUEL Charleston

211 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
An oasis on Rutledge Street, Fuel is housed in an old filling station. The atmosphere is relaxed and the outdoor courtyard is lively. Try the braised pork tacos with green chili aioli.
211 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. La Nortena

6275 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
North Charleston stop La Nortena may look like a normal chain Mexican restaurant, but they make real-deal tacos and have a storefront store carrying fresh chorizo and other staples. Order lengua or tripe and soak the tortillas in the homemade salsas they put on the table. Photo: Google Maps
6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

6. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

817 Saint Andrews Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
Mex 1 feels like a surf shack, even if you aren't technically at the beach. Try the fish tacos or the crowd-favorite "Bangin' Shrimp."
817 Saint Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

7. Minero

155 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
MInero is the newest spot from celebrity locavore Sean Brock. The menu items take on Mexican and Lowcountry flavors. Brock spent months perfecting the tortillas for the East Bay eatery.
155 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Poe's Tavern

2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Most people go to Poe's for the burgers, but give the buffalo shrimp tacos a try. Spicy crustaceans are wrapped in a tortilla with bacon and blue cheese slaw.
2210 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

9. Raul's Maya del Sol

1012 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
This petite taqueria puts out plates with traditional flavor. Raul's serves tacos on housemade corn tortillas with onions and cilantro. Patrons rave about the carne asada version.
1012 East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

10. Santi's Restaurante Mexicano

1302 Meeting Street Rd, Charleston, SC 29405
Santi's outdoor patio is the place to be when the weather is nice. Order a giant margarita and then decide if you want Mexican or American style tacos. The chips and salsa are free. Photo: Wine Awesomeness
1302 Meeting Street Rd
Charleston, SC 29405

11. Taco Boy

217 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
A visit to Taco Boy is all about the experience. The interiors are open and full of fun details. They have double tortilla tacos with unexpected fillings. Fried chicken tacos are slathered with mayo and sauteed shrimp are stuffed with slaw. Enjoy the patio with a frozen screwdriver and a few tacos.
217 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

12. Taco Spot

1301 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407
Taco Spot is one of the few places in Charleston offering breakfast burritos and tacos. Wake up with a hangover and order a For Goodness Steak Taco: espresso-rubbed steak, griddled potatoes, scrambled eggs, and ranchero sauce.
1301 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

13. White Duck Taco Shop

792 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
The Asheville-based White Duck Taco brought new flavors to Charleston, like banh mi tofu tacos or a lamb gyro version. The James Island restaurant is for anyone looking for a unique type of taco.
792 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

14. Zia Taqueria

1956A Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
Outdoor seating at Zia fills up as soon as the weather turns nice. James Island residents know this is the spot for cold margaritas and the filling Baja fish tacos.
1956A Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

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