I don't know if you've heard but there's been a taco takeover in Brighton and we're obsessed. From mouthwatering mole to badass burritos and moreish mezcals, we've rounded up the most tongue tingling Mexican bites in town, taco bout a fiesta! 

If you’re looking for authentic Mexican street food, ​then call off the search party. This place is Mexican owned, with Carlito himself at the helm. Born from a festival stall, Carlito Burrito serves up delicious Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas made with the freshest of ingredients. It’s no wonder The Guardian voted their food amongst the best available at Glastonbury ‘14. There’s a hefty range of Tequilas, Mezcals, and Mexican Craft Beers to sample, and even an Oyster and Tequila Shooter for more adventurous diners. Friendly staff, unbeatable food and fantastic music makes this hidden gem a must-visit for all Brightonians. The fish tacos may well change your life, güey.

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If you haven't been yet, you need to go try A Tribe Called Veg's new lunchtime residency at Spirit Hunter. They're dishing out incredibly tasty 100% plant-based Mexican street food. Yes, you read correctly, we're talking about 100% vegan Mexican food, how cool is that? With awesome fillings such as Seitan tinga, Pulled Jackfruit or Roasted Plantain you're in for an excelente lunch ‼ They host a series of great tasting vegan lunchtime events and supper clubs, always getting you amazing food, great music and friendly vibes all-round.

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La Choza is renowned for having the best Mexican food in the city. Named one of the UK’s best ‘cheap eats’ by the Guardian, the award winning street food restaurant specialises in quality, authentic Mexican food in a day-of-the-dead themed setting, which is eye-catchingly garish at the same time as memorably stylish. With two locations in Brighton, you can head to their restaurant in the North Laine or enjoy a burrito over a drink in The Hare & Hounds pub. Choose your base - standard Mexican fayre of fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas, authentically prepared (owners Aoife and Annie regularly return to Mexico for fact-finding missions) - then add your fillings (the chorizo & chicken is a firm favourite amongst Crispy Fresh Fish, Pulled-Pork and King Prawns Chilli Lime) and finally decide on how spicy you want your salsa to be, ranging from the delicate Pico de Gallo to the fiersome Xxxtra Hot Naga Salsa. Don’t overlook dessert, churros are a must-have here.

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Tlaloc is a new Mexican Restaurant based in Oseta Cafe, that are skipping all the stereotypes of Mexican food. No Sombreros and burritos allowed here! Owners Joan and Daniel are taking an innovative approach to Mexican cuisine - combining traditional traditional flavours and techniques with local British ingredients to create a sophisticated and unique menu. All the dishes are gluten wise and all their veggie options are also vegan.

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Brighton’s newest addition to the Mexicana food scene is the already raved about Halisco. They’ve taken over the former Vineyard Steakhouse to bring mouthwatering tacos to the mouths of us hungry Brightonians. Grab a seat under the tongue-in-cheek Trump mural and peruse their selection of mexcellent mains. The crispy beer battered haddock tacos are a real winner, we’re also all about the slow braised short rib and brisket burrito with jack cheese, garlic crema and fire roasted poblano chilli. There’s plenty of decent vegan and gluten free options too. Brothers, Ismaeel, who spent 6 years in Mexico honing his skills, and, Mo, formerly of The Set, run the restaurant together to create a small plate dining experience that customers can really get their teeth stuck into. Pair your plates with a handpicked cocktail for a truly juan-derful flavour.

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Dos Sombreros serve up some guactacular tex mex eats at their home in the heart of the South Lanes. Their menu consists of delish dishes such as ‘Tequila Firecracker Prawns’ and ‘Peruvian Bean Stew’. The real star of the show though is their fajitas served up on sizzling platters. They also have an awesome ‘Day of the Dead’ themed cocktail bar above the restaurant, the frozen daiquiris are a real Wriggle fave and the happy hour from Sun-Thurs makes it cheap as chips. In true Mexican spirit they have mezcal shots complete with a wormy sidekick, lavely.

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Take a trip down to Kemp Town and discover the Mexican delights of Zona Rosa. Named after a district in Mexico’s capital known for its multicultural communities, bohemian atmosphere, appeal to creatives, and its LGBT+ community, the vibrant, diverse Kemp Town is the perfect place to lay roots. There is something for everyone's palate with favourites such as tamales, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos as well as innovative speciality items. We absolutely love their Churros - (Mexican fried donuts). Not literate in Mexican cuisine or just terrible at deciding what to order? Check out their taster menus featuring a mix of the most popular Mexican dishes on the menu.

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Published -28th March 2019