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Mar 16, 2013 07:40 AM

King's Tacos & Tenoch Mexican -both on St. Clair W - both excellent

I've read a lot about Mexican over the years. Fortunately, the quality (and variety) has improved in Toronto over the past few years with the likes of Playa Cabana, Grand Electric etc.

For a simpler, and very authentic (and casual) experience, I highly recommend:

1) King's Taco (St Clair W, just west of Dufferin)
The owners are extremely pleasant, and bring a chain (or 4-6?) restaurants from Chihuahua state in Mexico. The flavours are strong, and tasty, the portions are very generous, as are the massive amount of complimentary "real" nachos with 3 salsas they give you prior to dinner. Avg price is $11-14.
FYI- no alcohol.

2) Tenoch (St Clair W, just east of Oakwood).
Service has been a bit slow, but I feel its worth it for their food. Just like above, very casual atmostphere - they may have a few other dishes that KT doesn't, plus sometimes I like eating 3 tacos instead of the 4/5 that KT serves. No free apps though. At least there are cheap drinks. Avg prices $10-15.

I've eaten at KT about 7-8 times (so-so busy during week, PACKED on weekends), and Tencoch 4-5 times, always fairly busy, but closes at 730 Tues-Thurs(!), 1030 I think weekends. Both have a very strong Hispanic patronage (if that means anything to you).

Even though they are simple restaurants, I totally think that it's worth the drive/TTC up to check both out as they are standouts to most of the competition.

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  1. good to know, look forward to trying these places

    1. thanks for the write up -- i had not heard of king's tacos before. i have been meaning to get to tenoch -- what do you recommend from there?

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      1. re: autopi

        Here is the website:

        I'm fond of Alambre tacos.

        The Quesadillas are small and suitable for an app, and I enjoyed the tostada de tinga.

        The Breakfast dishes are quite nice too :


        I've been itching to go on a Sunday when basically everyone is ordering the lamb barbacoa...

      2. I stopped in at Tenoch a few weeks ago on my way home for a quick snack as I skipped lunch
        It was about 4 30 and there were only two others in the restaurant
        The young girl at the counter was very friendly and had a lot of patience going through the whole menu and explaing all the dishes
        I ended up ordering the tamale and the tacos
        Both items were served very quickly and were extremly tasty , and just as she described . For under ten dollars for the two items , i was very impressed
        I will definatelly return to have a full meal there with the family . A great find !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        1. +1 for King's Taco. We enjoy the carnitas, al pastor and barbacoa from King's Taco but prefer the lengua from Rebozos. Pix attached are all from KT.

          1. Thank you for that. I wasn't aware of these places.