Must Try: Tacofino on East Hastings

There’s a new taco stand to reckon with in town. Well, not so much a stand (and not totally new – it opened in August), but definitely worth checking out when in search of your next authentic Mexican feast. We’re talking about fantastic foodie find Tacofino Commissary.

Many of our readers are likely familiar with the colourful red and blue Tacofino food trucks that have made their foodie stamp around town, so the relatively recent arrival of owners Ryan Spong, Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinson’s standalone hot spot should definitely spice up the conversation.


The Tacofino Commissary has married its rustic Tofino/West Coast roots with just the right degree of urban ‘vibe’ that a city like Vancouver needs…and just in time for winter dining. Patrons can now happily trek over to their beautifully designed, modern-yet-cozy space at 2327 East Hastings to indulge in their inventive menu offerings (doubled in sized). 

Take a trip off the traditional Mexican culinary track and bite into their authentic Baja-style fish tacos, or try the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ beer braised Taco Belle served with house-made guacamole. Another option, order up the delicious pork cheek tacos washed down with an ice-cold margarita or watermelon beer to taste the difference for yourself. They’ve got a polished list of other cocktail offerings, wine and other beer available, and don’t worry about doing damage to  the wallet: nothing on the menu costs much more than $10!


Stylistically, we love the simple, open-concept feel of the space, right down to the bare-bones finishing and stunning custom Bocci “living” lighting fixtures installed throughout. Ample communal seating begs for YPs to grab a group of friends and head over for a fiesta-inspired feast. 

Don’t take our word for it; head to their East Hastings location for an inside peek and check out their full menu here.


Photos courtesy Tacofino