Taco Gordo’s divey aesthetic might feel slightly contrived, but we don’t mind. The Margaritas are cheap and strong; the tacos are simple and good. Housed in a former bottle-redemption center on the outskirts of downtown, this spot filled a gaping taqueria void when it opened in 2018.
Purists will be happy to glimpse the tacos, consisting of nothing more than meat, cilantro, and onion atop fresh tortillas (from All Souls Tortilleria, headquartered in the same spot) as they exit the kitchen; an accoutrement bar is stocked with fixins to customize. Low prices, a tiny menu, an easy order-at-the-counter system, and plenty of space to sprawl out—especially in warmer months when there are picnic tables outside—make this spot a go-to for low-maintenance drinking and dining.