LET'S TACO 'BOUT IT! A TACO TOUR OF DOWNTOWN VISALIA


In California, Mexican food reigns supreme with the humble taco its most iconic dish. It hits the spot any time of the day or night!

Take this self-guided walking tour of downtown Visalia and explore the diverse taco flavors, both traditional and innovative, at these local restaurants. Along the way, you will learn about the different flavors that have influenced our chefs and made us all passionate believers.

You can start the tour at any location or follow our map. Let us know what your favorite taco flavor is!

Start your self-guided Taco Tour with this list of great restaurants. We've included some that aren't Mexican restaurants because Latin flavors have influenced their menus as well. Whether you sit at a table, stand up at the bar, or take your tacos to go, you will enjoy this walk through downtown and this taco tasting trip.

Need a map of the locations? You can download one here: Walking Taco Tour 2024.

SPs BURGERS

There are only a few seats inside this pint sized restaurant. The appeal of this walk-up is the casual outdoor seating. The surprise is the choice you have in tacos here. You can try their Pork Belly Tacos made with homemade tortillas, fire roasted salsa and pickled onions. 

TPK'S TACOS

If you are looking to experience the flavors of México, TPKs Tacos offers a delightful dining experience! On this stop order the quesabirria tacos along with consome dipping sauce!

COLIMA MEXICAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

After 30 years in business, Colima knows what customers like. They use recipes from their home state of Colima, Mexico, south of Guadalajara near the Pacific coast. Their coastal influence makes it no surprise that their most popular taco is their Shrimp Tacos. What makes them even more special is that all the tortillas are freshly made, right when they’re ordered. 


VELASCO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Vibrant tile work on the exterior of the restaurant will let you know you have arrived. For a change of pace, try their chicken crispy tacos!

EL TARASCO

Talk to the owner, Saul Espinosa, about his food and you will want to order everything on the menu! His family is from the Michoacan state along the Pacific coast, but they love to share flavors from many different states throughout Mexico. If they make it there, he will make it better here. But for tacos, try Tacos Governador. Corn tortillas with shrimp and fish sauteed in garlic butter. Then, add in monterey Jack cheese, their special cabbage with a hint of lime, and topped with avocado. 

JAVI'S TACO SHACK

When 'taco' is in your name, it has to be good. Try their delicious carne asada tacos with all the fixings! These street style tacos hit the spot. And FYI: They have a second location down Mooney Blvd.

EL JARDIN

This cozy diner offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with Mexican music playing in the background and fun wall decor that adds to its homey feel. Order their carnitas tacos with all the toppings and their delicious green salsa for a savory meal!

EL SAN MARCOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

If you're looking for an unforgettable culinary experience that embodies the heart and soul of authentic Mexican cuisine, you must try the pastor tacos. Each bite bursting with succulent pork, garnished with finely chopped onions, and fresh cilantro.

Visalia has lots of great restaurants that serve delicious tacos. If you want to explore more of Visalia, try out these restaurants. Here are a few that are definitely worth checking out. 

Azul Mexican Restaurant

If you like bacon, try their signature Tacos Puntas: carne asada, bacon, grilled onion, bell peppers and a sprinkle of Jack cheese.

Chapala Grill

Lively atmosphere at this local favorite.

El Rosal

Within walking distance from the Lamp Liter Inn, this family run restaurant has just the taco you are looking for.

Download a map of the locations of these restaurants here: Walking Taco Tour 2024.

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