Posted Dec 21, 2019 | By Brittney Hendricks
In Oxnard, tacos aren’t just a menu item — they’re a culinary treasure. With dozens of taquerias, taco trucks and Mexican restaurants in town, tacos are the unofficial food of Oxnard (well, besides strawberries).
And now, we’re staking our claim: Oxnard has the most tacos per capita in the U.S. So far, no one’s proven us wrong. Are you a #foodie on a mission to find the perfect taco? We surveyed locals to find the best of the best street-style tacos, tortas, margaritas and more in Oxnard — if not the best north of the Cali-Mex border. Sample from these top picks by taking yourself on an official tour of the Oxnard Taco Trail!
Before you set out on your taco quest, make sure you’re equipped with taco finding gear, including the official “Visit Oxnard” Taco Trail Map. You can pick up a printed map at the Visit Oxnard office while supplies last. Have fun taco touring our favorite SoCal beach city!
Are you a #foodie on a mission to find the perfect taco? We surveyed locals to find the best of the best street-style tacos, tortas, margaritas and more in Oxnard — if not the best north of the Cali-Mex border. Here are the top picks:
Some of the city’s most delicious tacos aren’t assembled in a brick and mortar building; they’re prepared on wheels in a parking lot, giving meaning to the term “street tacos.” These no frills eateries don’t require all the bells and whistles; they stake their confidence in their really really really good food! Check out Tacos Jerez, Tacos Arandas and Tacos El Caporal for some especially bomb tacos. Visit Oxnard recommends “Los Vampiros” (vampire tacos); try them w/ beef barbacoa, prepared with hand-made tortillas deep fried in shredded cheese, from Tacos La Bonita at any of their FOUR Oxnard locations.
Quick-service taquerias are scattered throughout the various districts of Oxnard, but our residents’ taste buds are particularly enamored with Carnitas El Rey, Taqueria Cuernavaca, Tacos DF, La Huerta, 7 (Now 8) Regiones Comida Oaxaquena, Francisco’s Mexican Food and La Mancha. Are you the type to award points for presentation? If so, the heart-shaped platter of tacos from The Taco Shop will score big with your eyes and with your heart.
Bringing the sea to your GI tract, these slingers of shellfish really SEAl the deal. Try selections from locations on our Taco Trail, including El 30 Mariscos Mexican Seafood Restaurant, Sabor Taqueria Y Mariscos, La Vero’s Mexican Seafood & Bar. Where do you find our favorite fish tacos? Proudly serving the community since 1908, the Otani Family mixes Japanese-style seafood with a twist of Mexican flair at Otani’s Fish Market & Restaurant.
In search of traditional Mexican cuisine in a restaurant atmosphere? Pull up a chair at Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill, Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina, Yolanda’s Mexican Café and Money Pancho Mexican Restaurant. Another top pick, serving the Oxnard community since 1983, the Ramirez Family serves up great food at reasonable prices at Montezuma Restaurant.
Taco consumption isn’t complete without something to whet your whistle! Skip the grocery store tequila and opt for our favorite cocktail concoctions from Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina, Taqueria El Tapatio, Los Remedios and El Chilito. Looking for something especially fun? Blend your Baby Yoda obsession with midori and ice at Yolanda’s Mexican Café with their Star Wars-themed margarita!
And, there you have it! Have more taco tips? Email us your suggestions!
Southern California native Brittney Hendricks is a travel writer and marketing professional who lives locally with her husband, son and dog. A retired pro dancer and dance instructor, she enjoys staying active by jogging and bicycling the promenades of Oxnard’s beaches.send email