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From Mexico to Cairo: A Guide to Finding the Best Tacos in the City

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From Mexico to Cairo: A Guide to Finding the Best Tacos in the City
written by
Nelly Ezz

Mexican cuisine is renowned for its vibrant colours, bold flavours, and rich cultural heritage. From spicy salsas to savoury stews, every dish represents a unique blend of indigenous, Spanish, and other influences. One of the most popular Mexican dishes worldwide is the taco, made by wrapping a tortilla around various fillings like meats, beans, vegetables, and cheese. Despite being thousands of miles away, the love for Mexican food, particularly tacos, has reached Egypt, where it has become a favourite for many locals. The Egyptian food scene now boasts several restaurants specialising in authentic Mexican cuisine that caters to the growing demand. So, if you want a good taco, check out these six great spots!

1. Gringo’s

Gringo’s is a popular Mexican restaurant located in Cairo that serves up delicious and authentic burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly staff who are always happy to assist customers with their orders. The menu features a wide variety of dishes that cater to different palates, and you can visit any of their branches in Walk of Cairo, Maadi, or New Cairo for a quick taco run.

2. Gracias

Gracias in Cairo is a charming and authentic restaurant specialising in offering traditional Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist. The ambience of the restaurant is vibrant and lively, with colourful decor and warm lighting that creates a welcoming atmosphere. The staff are friendly and attentive, ensuring every customer feels comfortable and satisfied. The menu offers a range of delicious dishes, including tacos, burritos, and fajitas, all made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a relaxed dinner with friends, Gracias in Cairo is a great choice. You can find them in Arkan Plaza in Sheikh Zayed and The Drive by the Waterway in New Cairo.

3. Hola Tacos

Hola Tacos is a must-visit destination for all taco lovers in Cairo. This Tex-Mex food truck concept offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere that will transport you straight to the streets of Mexico. Hola Tacos has got you covered whether you’re looking for traditional beef or chicken tacos or something more adventurous like grilled octopus or shrimp. The menu also includes a range of delicious nachos, quesadillas, and burritos. You can find Hola Tacos in Hydeout, New Cairo, The Field in Maadi, and Capital Promenade in Sheikh Zayed.

4. Longhorn Texas BBQ

Even though Longhorn Texas BBQ is a Texan restaurant mainly focusing on smoked meats, they also have birria tacos on their menu, a delicious and popular Mexican dish. The meat is slow-cooked for hours in a savoury and spicy broth, resulting in tender and flavorful meat. The meat is then served on a warm tortilla with amazing toppings. These tacos are perfect for those looking to try something new or who are already fans of the dish. 

5. Escobar 

Great food with a view of the Nile? Yes, please! Escobar Restaurant in Cairo is a fantastic restaurant and a nightlife destination that offers a variety of delicious Mexican cuisine. One item that stands out on their menu is the tasty tacos made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. Customers rave about the perfectly cooked meats, paired with vibrant toppings such as fresh salsa, guacamole, and crunchy lettuce – all served on a warm tortilla. With its authentic ambience and friendly staff, Escobar Restaurant is an ideal spot to enjoy some mouth-watering tacos in Cairo.

6. Holy Guacamole

Holy Guacamole is a Mexican-inspired restaurant located in Maadi, Cairo. The restaurant offers a range of dishes, from nachos and quesadillas to burritos and fajitas. The meals are prepared using fresh ingredients, which give the food a rich and authentic taste. The atmosphere in the restaurant is vibrant, cosy, and welcoming, while the staff are welcoming, friendly and attentive to the guests’ needs. If you are looking for a place to unwind and enjoy good food and drinks, Holy Guacamole is definitely worth a visit.