Fried Beef Tacos at Amigos Tacos

With the chef straight from San Diego, this taco shop gives your taste buds a south-of-the-border charge. The fried beef tacos are one of the most popular items among traditional Mexican dishes. The beef is cooked until tender, and the tortillas are made fresh daily. The tacos are deep-fried until crispy, and topped with lettuce, cheddar cheese and queso enchilado. If you’re really feeling daring, try the 22-inch burrito! $2.70, 7425 S. Durango Dr., 384-8226.

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