Anna’s Taqueria is a standard late-night destination for the college crowd, but you don’t need to wait until dark for this fresh and inexpensive food.
The menu offers tacos ($2-$3), burritos ($5), and quesadillas ($4.50) and the service is efficient and friendly. Line up at the counter to dine in or take out, watch the brightly colored squash and peppers roast on the grill, and choose your ingredient combination from behind the counter.
The al pastor tacos (fatty pork carved from a rotisserie) are the star ($1.95): the richness of the meat and the spicy green and red sauces form a savory, melt-in-your-mouth combination. Other tacos are generously filled and the addition of creamy guacamole makes for a tasty snack, although the grilled chicken was slightly dry. If you’re feeling adventurous you can try the tacos de lengua (beef tongue). If you’re looking for a big burrito at less than $5, you can find that as well.
A variety of drinks are available, including horchata (like a thin vanilla milkshake made from ground almonds or rice and milk), Jamaica (sweet hibiscus iced tea), and Mexican soda and coffee. The horchata was slightly grainy and sweet, but the Mexican coke (you know that debate) was a refreshing choice.
With six locations in the Boston area, Anna’s Taqueria provides fast food with healthy ingredients at reasonable prices. Remember to bring cash and order the al pastor!
Anna’s Taqueria, Davis Square, 236 Elm Street, Somerville, MA