Vancouver Taco Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their taco creations into this challenge, most have created a special taco creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their tacos on their menu from May 9-31, 2014.

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How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the tacos in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best taco creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #TacoChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite taco creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Watch – – > the Vancouver Taco Challenge Global TV Saturday Morning News with hosts Lynn Colliar and Jay Janower on May 3, 2014

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different taco creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 8 Taco dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Las Tortas

Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo

Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo

Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo

Price: $14.95

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber, Chef Miguel Villalobos

Description: El dorado fish (mahi-mahi) presented in 3 different cooking styles:

From Mazatlan Sinaloa: Zarandeado, Open flame grilled in a smoky barbq pepper sauce.

From Acapulco: Costeno, grilled with our house 5 herbs seasoning, cabbage, cilantro sauce and guacamole.

From the Peninsula of Yucatan : TikinChick, baked in a banana leaf with a blend of sour orange, lime, and achiote adobo. A true Mayan delicacy.

Served along a Pineapple Cucumber Pico de gallo, Green Tomatillo Sauce and our Signature Taquera Salsa.

Offered: both lunch and dinner

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

 

Darby’s Public House

Darby's Braised Lamb Tacos

Darby’s Braised Lamb Tacos

Darby’s Braised Lamb Tacos

Price: $10.95

Created by: Chef A.J. Jackson

Description: Cumin Braised Lamb Taco with pickled red onions, cilantro, flour tortilla

Offered: all day 11am-midnight

Darby’s Public House

2001 Macdonald St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 731-0617

Web: http://www.darbyspub.ca/

Twitter: @darbys_in_kits

 

American Grille

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

Price: $16.00

Created by: Chef Jaspere Regalado

Description: Juicy marinated flank steak on a bed of slow-cooked, marinated onions and topped with pico de gallo and cilantro chimichuri.  Served with a side of chipotle cream and lime wedge. Comes with soup, salad or fries.

Offered: Lunch only

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://americangrille.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

 

Blue Canoe Restaurant

Papito Fish Tacos

Papito Fish Tacos

Papito Fish Tacos

Price: $14.49

Created by: Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra

Description:  Smoked paprika spiced fish, jicama slaw, salsa fresca, avocado crema and corn tortillas.

Offered:  All day

Location: 140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811

Web:  http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

 

Pier 7 Restaurant

Taco Chorizo Taco

Taco Chorizo Taco

Taco Chorizo Taco

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Description: Olive oil roasted pacific octopus, chorizo sofrito, blackened corn

Offered: Daily

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

 

Café for Contemporary Art

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The Zissou

Price: $4.75

Created by: Chef Steve

Description: Breaded Basa (baked), Chipotle Yogurt/Mayo, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Red Onion, and Coleslaw.

Offered: Daily

Café for Contemporary Art

140 Esplanade E, North Vancouver

Tel: (778) 340-3379

Web: http://cafeforcontemporaryart.com/

Twitter: @cafca140

 

Patron Tacos & Cantina

Pato Taco

Pato Taco

Pato Taco

Price: $3.85 each (or 3 tacos for $11)

Created by: Chef Enrique Menendez

Description: Duck taco served with a mango salsa (mango, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro.)

Offered: Lunch and dinner daily

Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

 

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

Price: $13

Created by: Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

Description:  Salmon scallops sprout mix – house-made gluten free tortilla – arugula garlic and a cilantro tequila based salsa

Offered: Daily for lunch and dinner

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Make sure you pick up one of the Taco Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Tacos. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/taco-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Joe Leary

Host of Just Here for the Beer Radio, Broadcaster, Feature Writer/Columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper, Feature Writer BC Lions Magazine

Twitter: @reallyjoeleary

Kelly Marion

Blogger for Marionate Overnight

Twitter: @KellyJean247

Alvin Lee

Food imagery Photographer and Writer for http://EatinginVancouver.ca & http://VancityBuzz.com

Twitter: @alvinkclee

Alyssa Dawson

Lifestyle host and producer. Host at Novus TV, blogger.

Twitter: @AlyssaCDawson

By: Richard Wolak