With its red and white barn-like exterior, The Taco Shack might look unassuming—but the eats at this little outdoor joint pack a punch. Since 2010, the restaurant has been serving up chill vibes and spicy grub to hungry patrons.
The menu is a blend of cultures, with traditional Mexican-style offerings and Latin staples. Fan favorites include the Gnarly Nachos and the Shack-a-ladas—soft corn tortillas filled with cheese and choice of meat and topped with queso and sofrito sauce. Craving a Latin-inspired dish? Try the Phatty Pastelon. This Puerto Rican baked lasagna consists of fried sweet plantains layered with seasoned beef and cheese and a dollop of sour cream and pico de gallo. Order some tostones with a side of guacamole to round out any entrée.
Locals know to start queuing early at The Taco Shack, as the line can get long rather quickly during peak hours. Wait times are usually pretty short, however. Guests order at the walk-up window before snagging a table in the covered, open-air dining area. The ambiance and décor are laid-back, with surf boards and stickers plastered across the walls. Mellow Caribbean tunes remind you that vacation-mode is always switched on in New Smyrna Beach.
Satisfy your craving for something spicy with a stop at The Taco Shack.