FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Taco ’bout something we can all agree to celebrate… it’s National Taco Day!
According to the National-Taco-Day website, Americans ate nearly 5 billion tacos last year!
This morning we asked Facebook users to tell us about their favorite taco spots in Fort Wayne so our digital reporter Ruben Solis could go check them out.
First stop: Tacos Arandas “El Amish”
The environment of the small space on 2012 Broadway is bright and upbeat. The tacos are big and only $2.25 each. You can make two tacos out of one since they are filled with a lot meat. The business has been in Fort Wayne for almost 10 years and the owner is now looking at opening a second location.
Story behind their name
Arandas is a town in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where the owner, Jose, is from. When he moved to Grabill, he said his friends called him “El Amish,” because they said he looked Amish.
Second stop: Alberto’s Mexican Grill
Our Facebook followers then sent Ruben to Alberto’s Mexican Grill on 2529 S. Calhoun Street. The restaurant merged with Taqueria Coahuila after the Taqueria closed permanently due to the main sewer pipe collapsing in 2018.
The restaurant serves any type of taco you can think of and you can pick your own toppings. Ruben was shown a fish taco served on a flour tortilla with shredded American cheese. The tacos here are only $1.39 each.
Last stop: Solbird Kitchen & Tap
Ruben’s last stop was at Solbird Kitchen & Tap on 1824 W. Dupont Road. The restaurant has been in business for one year and brings the street tacos of the Sol Kitchen food trucks indoors. The owner, Jerry Perez, started selling his brand of Tex-Mex tacos from a cart in 2012 on the street corners of downtown Fort Wayne.
In 2018, Perez and his wife, created Solbird, a fresh kitchen and tap concept. They feature brews from several Fort Wayne and Indiana breweries.
Choice of tacos here are the Chickentinga, Pork Carnitas, The Veggie, The Texican, Steak & Papas, The Jazzy, Baja Shrimp, and Korean Fusion.
Participating in National Taco Day
Many restaurants like Qdoba, On the Border, Tijuana Flats and Taco Bell are offering special deals to help customers celebrate the day.
Visit Fort Wayne has also compiled a list of favorites that are perfect for National Taco Day. The list includes The Hoppy Gnome, Proximo, Tacos Arandas “El Amish,” Salsa Grille, and LaFogata.
To participate in National Taco Day on social media use the hashtag #NationalTacoDay.