Cuisine mexican food fiesta with nachos and tacos

Published on May 5th, 2017 | by Crissandra Ayroso

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Best Mexican Restaurants in Canada

In honour of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve gathered our top 9 favourite Mexican restaurants across the nation. From Vancouver Island to Halifax, we’ve got taco tips for you, a bonus margarita recipe, and a special invitation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at Flight Centre!

Vancouver

While you’re busy catching Pokemon in the middle of nowhere…this is happening here. (: @_phaneron)

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Tacofino originally started out as a food truck on Vancouver Island and quickly rose to popularity with their delicious fresh fish tacos and nacho platters. (15 W Cordova St., Vancouver, BC… more locations and food trucks available year-round in Vancouver and Vancouver Island)

Blest be these tacos. (: @lissyallan)

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Edmonton

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Tres Carnales Taqueria was inspired by three carnales (Mexican slang for ‘homeboys’) who had spent so much time reminiscing about devouring Mexican street food along the Pacific coast of Mexico that it wasn’t long before they brought Tres Carnales Taqueria to life. Today, Tres Carnales Taqueria proudly serves mouthwatering authentic Mexican tacos with slow braised local meats and fresh produce which were featured on You Gotta Eat Here. (10119 100A Street Rice Howard Way, Edmonton, AB)

Saskatoon

Las Palapas Resort Grill serves fresh food native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America with a new twist – nuevo tropical cuisine. (910 Victoria Ave., Saskatoon, SK)

Winnipeg

BMC Market is an authentic experience in Mexican cuisine with fresh ingredients and tortillas made onsite. (722 Osborne St., Winnipeg, MB)

Toronto


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If you’re looking for Grand Electric on Queen Street, look for the line-up that extends around the corner of the block in Parkdale. This taqueria serves cheap, fresh tacos loaded with fresh ingredients and delicious toppings like fried Gulf shrimp, confit pork, and tempura cauliflower. If you weren’t already hooked with the chef and front-of-house manager’s infamous and equally successful Black Hoof, Grand Electric will surge your senses (and taste buds). (1330 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON)

(Photo by Instagrammer @lifelinesyriatoronto)

La Carnita serves fresh tacos with new daily features in an atmosphere that celebrates Mexican food with fresh ingredients and culture through art. (501 College St., Toronto, ON… more locations available)

Montreal

Taco Tartare #Escondite #downtown #montreal #taqueria

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In the heart of Montreal, Escondite Cerveceria de Barrio‘s menu of traditional and inventive Mexican fare will delight. Try the gyoza nachos, fried chicken tacos, and churros avec Nutella. (1206 Union Ave., Montreal, QC)

5 DE MAYO! Tomorow! On vous attend! #mariachis et tout le kit! #Tacos & #Tequila & #friends!

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Halifax

Proudly serving Halifax as the only authentic home-style Mexican cuisine restaurant since 1999, Mexico Lindo‘s menu caters to the health conscious with an additional gluten-free menu. Low fat, high protein, and fresh ingredients make up most of the establishment’s dishes, which includes burritos, tacos, chilaquiles, soups, and more. (3635 Dutch Village Rd., Halifax, NS)

St. John’s

Newfoundland-Labrador boasts being the home of some of the best lobster in the country – and Quintanas and Arribas. Serving Newfie favourites including burritos, enchiladas, flautas, and tacos since 1980, this east coast hotspot is the place to be on Cinco de Mayo! (57 Rowan St, St. John’s, NL)

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How to Make the Best Darn Margarita!

Heck, yes. There’s nothing like a traditional marg made to your taste in the comfort of your own home (or by someone else at an establishment). The tart twist of lime, the salt from the rim that coats the lips, the reposado tequila dangerously sweetened by light agave syrup. Enjoy this margarita recipe for your next fiesta. You deserve a drink!

margarita with lime

 

Ingredients

ice

2 ounces reposado tequila

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce agave nectar

½ teaspoon orange liqueur (optional)

 

Salt that glass rim

1 lime wedge

2 tbsp kosher salt

2 tbsp sugar

 

Directions

  1. Rim the glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim into a plate with the salt and sugar mix.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and orange liqueur. Cover and shake well, strain into glass and serve.

 

 

Did you know?

aerial view of puebla mexico

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the anniversary of the David and Goliath-like victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla, 1862.

About 4,000 Mexican soldiers were up against a well-equipped French army – one of the best in the world – with about 8,000 soldiers and not a single defeat for almost 50 years. France eventually withdrew from Mexico thus ending the French-Mexican War (1861-1867).

Cinco de Mayo serves as a proud reminder of Mexico’s triumph and resistance.

 

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Flight Centre!

Do you live in the Mississauga area? Come to our Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Flight Centre Square One for the door crasher specials on trips and tours to Mexico, raffle prizes for $50 off bookings and $100 off bookings, and more! Light snacks and drinks will be served. Free admission.

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For more information on events happening in your area or to book your next trip to Mexico, contact your local Flight Centre travel agent by connecting with us online, calling 1-877-967-5302, or visiting your closest Flight Centre store.

 

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About the Author

Crissandra Ayroso

is a copywriter for Flight Centre. She loves road trips, beach weather, sampling local wine. She, like Helen Hunt in the 1996 disaster-rama (that’s short for drama) Twister, is a tornado chaser, in the travel sense. She chases moments, all revealing. Ephemeral. Whether it’s ordering room service and eating in bed, finding the highest rooftop for the best views of the surroundings, feeling like a small dot in the middle of the ocean on a boat, or getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, no moment is too big or small to chase. Just like the category F5 that brought Helen Hunt back together with her estranged husband, respected TV weatherman, Bill Paxton.



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