Best Tacos in the East Valley

Whether you like classic tacos, veggie tacos, fish tacos or even shrimp tacos, we’ll bet you treat yourself to a taco meal about once a week. Where are the best ones found in the East Valley? Since everyone has different tastes, we’ve asked a few East Valley residents where they go to satisfy their taco cravings. Here are a few favorites.


Backyard Taco

One visit to Backyard Taco on Higley in Gilbert and your relationship will soar to a new level of yum! Bring a friend or two and enjoy! Once you explore the special seasonings, marinades and textures, you’ll know why everyone can’t get enough of this good stuff.

Address: 1420 S. Higley Road, Gilbert (and other locations in the East Valley)

Joyride Taco

Try Taco Tuesdays to enjoy $2 tacos and $5 margaritas from 2 p.m. to close! So many tacos to choose from, including Pork Adobado, Baja Fish, Crispy Fish, Carne Asada and Chipotle Shrimp Taco. Fun Downtown Gilbert atmosphere or pickup available.

Address: 302 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Barrio Queen

Also in Downtown Gilbert and other locations in the Valley, Barrio Queen’s iconic family recipes offer diners a fantastic selection of tacos, including five premium tacos packed with delicious combinations of ingredients. Try the Alambre Beef or Tacos De Tinga tacos. They have healthier options available as well. You won’t forget this unique and colorful place.

388 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert



A longtime regional chain that’s been enjoyed by locals since 1946, there are two Mesa locations and another coming soon to the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport area. Features family recipes by founders Woody and Victoria Johnson with terrific salsa and Baja sauce. Try the mini chimichangas as well as the tacos! Many families and offices order catering for big occasions.

Address: Various locations in the East Valley

Tia Rosa’s

Another longtime local favorite, this restaurant has been voted for Best Tacos many times over. There’s also the signature Flying Saucer, a crisp tortilla stacked with beef, pork or chicken, plus yummy toppings. Extensive dine-in or take-out menu.

3129 E. McKellips Road, Mesa or 891 N. Higley Road, Gilbert


A local favorite with the best tacos around and a to-go Taco Box that feeds up to four people. Rosita’s is named for Mama Rosa, who shared her old family recipes from Sonora, Mexico.

Address: 2023 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa and a Tempe location


Delicious, authentic recipes you can’t get enough of. Large selection of dishes with four basic taco options, Grilled Fish, Shrimp, Carnitas or Street Tacos. Dine-in or take-out.

Address: Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and many other locations

Mangos, Downtown Mesa

A small eatery favored by locals in Downtown Mesa. Outside tables available along Main Street. Yummy flash-fried fish taco with orange avocado salsa is a good choice.

44 West Main Street, Mesa


Authentic Mexican tacos and plates that are definitely worth a try, with the hottest red sauce around. 

Address: 10861 E Baseline Rd #101, Mesa

Rudy’s Mexican Grill

You’ll find amazing tacos at this little neighborhood grill. Try a Carne Asada Street Taco or shrimp or fish taco. Rudy’s Bowl full of meat, beans and toppings is also delicious.

8257 E Guadalupe Road, Mesa

Burrito Shack

A cool little local place with fantastic reviews. Established over 15 years ago, Ed and Judy Nasserbegan providing this sparsely populated stretch of Power Road with delicious food and great service.

Address: 5663 Power Rd S, Mesa

Other Locations

Los Favoritos

An Arizona chain that is REALLY good for a quick lunch. Authentic Mexican food with fresh ingredients and a friendly atmosphere. Try a combination plate and a tropical Horchata and Jamaica drink.

Address: Various locations in the East Valley

And there’s always Taco Bell!

Many diners we asked admitted to Taco Bell hankerings! The cheesy gordita crunch from Taco Bell was selected by several people.

Address: Many locations.

When it’s time for a taco, enjoy sampling any of the above locations and let us know what you think!

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