5 Kid-Friendly Taco Joints to Try on Cinco de Mayo (or Any Day, Really)

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Kids and tacos are a no brainer–they’re neat to eat, flavorful, and portion controlled. Make every Taco Tuesday and/or Cindo de Mayo mouthwatering and memorable by making family dinner date plans at one of these local eateries. Ole!

oPhoto: Kevin C. via Yelp

Taco Bamba
Located in a small strip mall in Falls Church, this teeny tiny restaurant (there are just a handful of stools inside) cranks out some of the most authentically flavored tacos. We’re talking tortillas filled with seasoned-to-perfection skirt steak, chorizo and chicharrónes. For kids who like the basics there’s also mini quesadillas and mayo’d-and-queso’d corn on the cob on the menu.

2190 Pimmit Dr. (Falls Church, Va)
Online: tacobambarestaurant.com

Cactus Cantina
Nobody’s going to tell little ones to stop playing with their food here. In fact, it’s encouraged. Young diners get a generously sized blob of tortilla dough to roll, mold, mush, color and poke. (Don’t panic when your adventurous eater tries to stuff the glob in his mouth. It’s uncooked, but edible.) Be sure to head over to the warm, whirring conveyer belt tortilla machine to show your budding chefs how that dough becomes a tasty taco essential.

3300 Wisconsin Ave. (Cleveland Park)
Online: cactuscantina.com

Fish Taco
Come here for fish tacos (obviously)–grilled with chili-lime mayo, cotija cheese, and mango pico de gallo is AMAZING–and come back for everything else on the menu. This location, which is the newest of the two in Maryland, also hawks salads, burritos and rice bowls that are served with your choice of carnitas, chicken, shrimp, steak or veggies. Bonus: Bring Taco Tuesday home by ordering online and picking up.

10323 Old Georgetown Road (Bethesda, Md)
Online: fishtacoonline.com

District Taco
This casual brick and mortar with seven locations across D.C. and Northern Virginia, got its start as an uber-popular food cart in 2009. Come with your kid foodies during off peak hours (after work and weekends) to load up on tacos, burritos and other Mexican fare sans long lines. Kids meals are just $5 and come with a taco of their choice, beans and rice or chips, and a drink. Let adventurous palettes experiment with different spice levels at the salsa bar.

Multiple locations
Online: districttaco.com

After years of foodies stalking the Korean taco grill’s food truck, Takorean expanded to a stall in Union Market, they opened their first brick and mortar at The Yards D.C., and recently debuted an extended pop-up location at 13th and F Sts., NW. Kids love the bulgogi “tacos,” but if Junior isn’t into spice, steer clear of the kimchi-infused toppings. Just sayin’.

Multiple locations:
Online: takorean.com

Where does your family go to get a taco fix? Tell us in the comments.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady