Chef/co-owner Franco Lozano III uses recipes passed down by his Mexican grandmother to create his delicious overstuffed tacos. Try the Carnitas, filled with slow-cooked pork topped with pico de gallo, or the vegan roasted cauliflower, topped with avocado mousse and pickled onions. Get two tacos with a generous portion of rice and beans for just $20. The space, tucked into a courtyard off of Main Street, transports everyone to California.
93 Main St. (interior courtyard), Andover, 978-409-2119, buenomalo.com
The grilled steak taco topped with an onion ring was an instant classic, but under the guidance of chef Chris Lee, Metzy’s tacos have blossomed with global influences. Think a Cuban taco, packed with pork, Swiss cheese, Dijonnaise sauce, ham and a fried pickle, or an authentic-inflected one filled with chicken tinga.
5 Boston Way, Newburyport, 978-255-7347, metzys.com