Milwaukee: Tasty tacos we can't stop thinking about

You know that feeling you get when you see food you just have to have? Well, that is essentially our job at hankr - to induce that "gotta have it" craving by showcasing restaurants' really great food. And don't worry, we don't leave you hanging! We let you know where to find it too. 

As we accomplish this task, though, we sometimes get a little sidetracked ourselves. In honor of Taco Tuesday, here are some of hankr's most tantalizing tacos that we just can't stop thinking about.  

When we gathered as a team to share our taco thoughts to build this list, BelAir Cantina's Korean Beef Tacos were mentioned by more than one of us. These little devils are just right with their touch of spice and meatiness. These Chef Noe tacos are available at BelAir Tosa (6817 North Avenue), BelAir Downer (2625 North Downer Avenue), BelAir Water Street (1935 North Water Street) and you will soon be able to get them at BelAir Oak Creek (410 West Town Square Way).

St. Francis Brewery (3825 South Kinnickinnic Avenue) serves up delicious battered cod on soft corn tortillas with pico de gallo, green onions, chipotle aioli, and a side of black beans. The perfect amount of crisp, sweet, spicy, and cool that we can't get out of our minds. The delicate batter is enough to haunt us in the best possible way. 

Executive Chef Espinosa in-house, slow-spit roasts the pork for his Al Pastor Pork Tacos at Taqueria El Jefe in the Mayfair Collection (11200 West Burleigh Street, Wauwatosa). These tacos are finished off with caramelized pineapple, diced onion and salsa verde and are an awesome way to eat just a little bit too much food over lunch or dinner on any Taco Tuesday or Taco Thursday...or a day that ends in a "y". The balance of sweet tasty pineapple against the rich Al Pastor Pork flavor is delightful...even if you walk away a little bit too full....but, we have to ask, can you get too full on tacos? We vote no.

Mmm....fish tacos! Safe House (779 North Front Street)  breads their cod, which is fried to order with coleslaw, cilantro, lime vinaigrette and chipotle ranch dressing served on flour tortillas. Mission possible for sure, if choose to accept and we think you should.  

Yes. Fried Avocado. This little number is memorable just because of that, but do yourself a favor and give it a taste. You'll crave this one again. Oh, did we mention bacon? There's bacon, what's not to love? Also appearing in this tasty taco are arugula, corn salsa, bacon pieces, and serrano chile mayo on your choice of soft corn or flour tortillas. What could be better than avocado, you ask? Answer: Fried avocado. Did you notice anything? Yes, fried avocado (and bacon).

Fried potato, poblano chilis, mole sauce mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro crema. French-fry-esque crisps on a taco FTW! We tried to come up with more words to describe this creation...but, we can't. We're a bit speechless....we beg you to try it.

This is one of the more surprising offerings on hankr. We hear from many people that they wouldn't have thought Miller Time Pub & Grill (509 West Wisconsin Avenue) would offer something like fish tacos...but, thank your lucky stars that they do. These are hard to forget....frankly, they keep popping into our monthly hankr top 10. Featuring grouper with fresh lime, cabbage, red onion, and chipotle mayo served in grilled flour tortillas. Enjoy with a cold Modelo! 

Chorizo and spit roasted chicken, corn, queso fresco, pickled red onion slaw, and mojo creme. A perfect combination of savory meat, the sweetness of corn, and the kick and crunch of slaw with mojo creme! 

Grilled cauliflower is emerging as interesting ingredient in the area. We've seen more than a couple exceptional chefs work this often polarizing veggie into their menus...grilling it seems to be the key, because it's great. The Caulifornia Taco (See what they did there? We love a good play on words - hat tip to those clever smarties at BelAir!) feature grilled cauliflower, quinoa, kale, radish, and tomatillo pesto. Our daily dose of vegetables is looking mighty good right about now! 

Flour tortilla with caramelized cheese, sliced ham, mustard mayo, and potato skins. This dish inspiration directly hails from the street vendors of Mexico, but with the added flair of Taqueria El Jefe to make it complete! 


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