Tacos always seem to be deemed as a Mexican dish, and maybe that’s where they originated, but here in American and on Long Island we’ve certainly made them our own. Sure, you can get the basic kind: ground beef with lettuce, tomato and cheese. But the world of tacos has expanded beyond what you can find at Taco Bell. Restaurants are now serving up fish tacos, even falafel ones, so they’re sure to appeal to more than just beef lovers. Try out the Best Taco on Long Island and see for yourself why this dish is not often given the credit it deserves.
2018: Long Islanders Voted The Gourmet Whaler Best Taco on Long Island!
The Gourmet Whaler
111 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
(631) 659-2977 – www.gourmetwhalerny.com
One taste of the fish tacos at The Gourmet Whaler, and you’ll be hooked. The original taco features Panco-breaded flounder, signature cole slaw, chipotle mayo, and peach/mango salsa. But don’t skip the grilled shrimp taco or the Baja-style fish taco featuring the day’s fresh catch seared with cilantro lime crema. There’s a veggie version, too. And lots to love elsewhere on The Gourmet Whaler’s menu, from burgers to sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Everything is made with care–and the freshest ingredients. Save room for dessert: fresh baked goods, ice cream, and fudge.
2017: Long Islanders Voted Habaneros Tex Mex Best Taco on Long Island
Habaneros Tex Mex 310 Main St., Holbrook. 631-737-TACO. habanerostexmex.eat24hour.com There’s just something about eating a taco filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients in a festive atmosphere with great company. At Habaneros Tex Mex, that’s exactly what you get when you walk through the door. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or steak tacos, this Holbrook restaurant is the place to be when you start to crave these Mexican treats—they even offer mini ones—and will make you wish that every day is Taco Tuesday!
2016: Long Islanders Voted Caracara Best Taco on Long Island
Caracara 354 Main St., Farmingdale. 516-777-2272 caracaramex.com There’s a moment when contemplating whether or not to order tacos for lunch or dinner when your mind considers all the possibilities: Will it be steak today? Chicken? No. perhaps it is a fish day today, or maybe even some crustacean. After settling on the main component, you are once again confronted with the joyous potential offered by the accompaniments: salsa, guac, cheese, onions—pineapples? At Caracara, no creation is too adventurous and no quantity is too many. Long Islanders have weighed all the options, and once again they have voted “More! More! More!”
2015: Long Islanders Voted Caracara Best Taco on Long Island!
Caracara 354 Main St., Farmingdale. 516-777-2272. caracaramex.com Fish, chicken, steak or marinated shrimp—it’s up to you to pick which of these succulent choices you wish to comprise the underbelly of Caracara’s various taco creations. Onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese, even pineapple, amid ultra-fresh tortillas that are bound to leave you shouting: “More! More! More!” National. Taco Bell Multiple Locations. tacobell.com Burrito, Gordita, Chalupa, Nachos, Salad or one of those new Crunchwrap Sliders—they’re all great, sure, but a straight-up Taco from the Bell is just way too tough to beat. Drive-thru or eat-in, they go down smooth and almost always lead to another.
2014: Long Islanders voted Green Cactus Mexican Grill Best Taco on Long Island!
1. Green Cactus Mexican Grill Multiple Locations. greencactusgrill.com 2. Bubba’s Burrito Bar 513 Main St., Islip. 631-650-6333. bubbasburritobar.com 3. Besito Multiple Locations. besitomex.com NATIONAL Moe’s Southwest Grill Multiple Locations. 877-MOES-411. moes.com