Happy Cinco de Mayo! Of course this month’s Five on Friday has to be TACOS!! I love tacos! My kids don’t love tacos. How can that be? They like plain tortillas and chips and salsa, so we make it work! Four of these options I would consider to be kid-friendly. One is more of a date night . . . but we’ll get to that . . . Enjoy!

1. Junior’s Tacos

184 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Junior’s Tacos is a taco truck that sits in the parking lot of a convenience store called Dairy Family. This was one of my very first, if not first, taco truck experiences, so it is dear to my heart. 🙂 It’s not too hard to find parking in the surrounding area and across the street from the truck is a park with several picnic tables. In the past, Junior’s has set up a tent with tables next to the truck. But it’s not up now so I don’t know if they will during the summer or if that’s a thing of the past. Tacos are $1.75 a piece and you can choose between Mexican or American tacos. (American have lettuce, cheese and sour cream!).

2. Zacatecas

3528 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

We recently moved to Westgate and we tried Zacatecas upon recommendation of one of our new neighbors! One thing I’m excited about on the west side of Columbus is all of the authentic Mexican food! Zacatecas does not disappoint! I am especially in love with their salsa! If you’re looking to venture out and try more authentic ethnic restaurants, I highly recommend alt.eats.columbus or Taco Trucks in Columbus Ohio! I could read those blogs for days, making lists of places to try!

3. Los Gauchos Taqueria

  • 5221 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
  • 376 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
  • 461 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228 – truck

I’ve shared about Los Gauchos before because their famous tacos al pastor are BOGO free on Mondays! (The tacos are $1.50 a piece, so you can get a TON of tacos without even coming close to breaking the bank on a Monday!) Nearly everyone on the planet agrees these are the best tacos in the world. Haha. No seriously. I honestly have never had anything else at the restaurant but the tacos al pastor! There are two restaurant locations and one food truck. I’ve been to them all. Give me all the tacos. 🙂

4. Katalina’s

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

I’m including Katalina’s breakfast tacos on my list because they are one of my favorite meals in Columbus! When we first moved to Columbus, the restaurant was called Cafe Corner and we lived 3 blocks away. The breakfast tacos were one of the first things I tried – and continued to choose for years! I have since learned it is best to go with a friend or spouse, order these AND the pancake balls and share both meals! Is Katalina’s kid-friendly? I would say that depends on the kid, their age and the time/day you go. This place is so popular on the weekends, the line is out the door! There is not a lot of indoor seating, so plan to be out on the patio (which was expanded a few years ago)! The patio is kid-friendly, but if it were me, personally, I would try to pick an off-peak time to go so the kids don’t have to wait in line as long. But my kids are 2 and 5. If you have older kids, by all means, go on Saturday morning! 😉 Seriously though, just look at these tacos:

5. Balboa

1312 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Maybe someone will argue with me here, but I don’t consider Balboa kid-friendly. So this one I’ve added as a fun date night option for your taco fix! (They have 2 items on their “kid’s menu,” so to me that says we don’t expect there to be a lot of kids, but we have actually considered that there might be.) 😉 On Taco Tuesday, you can get 3 tacos for $8! They are good tacos with a lot of toppings! (I loved the pork belly taco the best!) I also have to include these babies below! The Balboa Island Bananas! Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with hazelnuts, white chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream! Yum!

There are SO many place to get tacos in Columbus! What’s your favorite?

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Written by Julie Miller