What makes a good taco? Fresh ingredients? Zesty seasoning? The perfectly soft shell? It depends who you ask. IF you ask us, it is all of the above, plus an absolute love for Mexican cuisine. Which is exactly what you will find at Mexican Bowl. Tucked away on Essa – smack dab between the 400 and the Barrie waterfront, Mexican Bowl offers everything that makes a good taco, great. We have found the best tacos in Barrie.
The Best Tacos in Barrie
When you walk into this cantina-style Mexican restaurant, you are greeted by a vibrantly coloured chalkboard wall. Their menu is brightly outlined above where they cook everything fresh, in front of you. Fresh guacamole? Check. Fresh Pico de Gallo? Check. Hand-seasoned taco fillings? Check and check. This place truly has it all. We tried the fried fish tacos when on the hunt for Barrie’s best taco, and were not disappointed. The lightly battered fish is freshly grilled upon ordering – a memorable touch.
We asked the staff what they recommend, they declare “the sauces!” They have smoked chipotle sauce, exceptional handmade salsa and a plethora of hot sauces, should that be what you are craving. Adding Pico de Gallo, guacamole and a creamy citrus sour cream sauce, the 3 fish tacos we ordered looked as if I had just ordered from a restaurant in the heart of Oaxaca city. Authentic, fresh and delicious.
While this post focuses on all that is great about tacos, another fan favourite at Mexican Bowl must be mentioned – their Mexican Bowls. Chorizo, Beef, Fish, Chicken or Veggie, these bowls are true crowd pleasers. On a base of rice and/or lettuce, they are piled high with fresh vegetables, legumes and – of course – sauces. Extra bonus points: all of their take away containers are compostable. It is truly as though everything has been thought of.
As any taco fan knows, a taco is incomplete without a classic Mexican beverage and a dessert. Our personal favourite? The neon-toned Jarrito soda pop. The variety offered here again highlights the authenticity offered by Mexican Bowl. When cashing out, the gleam of Jarrito glass bottles catches your eye – and are the perfect companion to the best tacos in Barrie. The finishing touch? Churros, of course! Enjoy crispy, cinnamon-encrusted churros with vanilla ice cream on Mexican Bowl’s patio, post-taco. Buen Provecho!
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