A New Study Has Named the Best Taco Cities in America

The top spot is located in Texas.

Roschetzky Photography/Shutterstock
Roschetzky Photography/Shutterstock
Roschetzky Photography/Shutterstock

Like the best city for pizza, everyone has very strong opinions about where the best US city for tacos is. But based on an abundance of data, we can draw a pretty democratic consensus on who truly holds that prize. Research conducted by dug into data from the US Census, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Yelp, Numbeo, and Google Trends to determine which American city really earns the best taco title.

First, here are the top 15 US cities for tacos.
1. Austin, Texas
2. San Jose, California
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. San Diego, California
6. Los Angeles, California
7. Phoenix, Arizona
8. Riverside, California
9. Denver, Colorado
10. Houston, Texas
11. Salt Lake City, Utah
12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13. Sacramento, California
14. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
15. Richmond, Virginia

Austin earns the top spot for a multitude of reasons. For starters, Austin has 7.9 taco joints per 100,000 residents, 242% more than the average city. The city’s taco spots also have an average Yelp rating of 4.31, which is reportedly 6% higher than the average city in the Real Estate Witch study.

You can also look at the interactive map from the study, which showcases the best and worst cities for tacos in the US, below.Want even more taco data? Check out more results from the study below.

Courtesy of Real Estate Witch
Courtesy of Real Estate Witch
Courtesy of Real Estate Witch

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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