Vancouver Taco Challenge

Welcome to the 11th Annual Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. Restaurants and food trucks 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 1-26, 2024.

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

Share your experiences: Share your photos on Instagram and TikTok throughout the challenge, our instagram and TikTok address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #TacoChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your social media sharing 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.

How to VOTE :

  1. Look for our Taco challenge posters at each of the participating restaurants and food trucks.
  2. Scan the QR code and Vote for your favourites from May 1-26, 2024.

Get some friends together and visit 2 places or more to taste the different Taco creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

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

KYU Grill Truck

Lamb Baaaaa-rria Taco

Price: $18.75 (includes 3 tacos)

Created by: Calvin Truong

Description: Tender Juicy Braised Mexican Style Baria lamb style Tacos, Fusion style Mexican Herbs and spices, Braised until fall off the bone tender lamb meat, Crispy fried Corn tortilla, diced White and Red onion, Cilantro, tajin spice mix, cheesy Mozzarella, 

Ingredients: Corn tortilla, barria Lamb, mozzarella cheese, onions, cilantro,tajin,spices
Offered: all the time

Available:  Square – Takeout – 1221 Franklin St. Vancouver 

                   Delivery – Ubereats, SkipTheDishes, DoorDash

KYU Grill Truck

Mobile locations (tba) schedule can be found on their social media platforms and the street food app.

Tel: (604) 906-8828

Instagram @kyugrill.yvr

Mi Casa Mexicana

Taco Duo (shrimp/fish)

Price: $16

Created by: the team

Description: Soft, warm 7-inch tortilla battered shrimp or fish, red cabbage, pico-de-gallo, chipotle-mayo, lime.

Ingredients: Corn tortilla, fish, shrimp, batter (flour content), tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime juice, red cabbage, mayo, chipotle.

Offered: All the time for dine-in or take-out

Mi Casa Mexicana

2015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-346-7084


Instagram @micasamexicana.yvr

Vancouver Aquarium

FIN-tastic taco

Price: $18 (includes the 3 tacos)

Created by: Executive Chef David Lee

Description: Be dazzled by the west coast inspired flavours of the Vancouver Aquarium’s taco.  This FIN-tastic taco combines Tempura Pacific Cod, crispy pickled ginger, spicy slaw and a warm flour tortilla for a flavour delight.

Available: Daily all the time

Vancouver Aquarium Courtyard Cafe

845 Avison Way, Vancouver

Tel:(778) 655-9554


Instagram @vanaqua

75 West Coast Grill

Barbacoa Street Taco Trio

Price: $21

Created by: Matt Berda

Description: Features tender, slow-cooked barbacoa on a soft corn tortilla, topped with crumbled cotija cheese, roasted red pepper, and jalapeño corn salsa. Finished with pickled red onion and tomatillo salsa verde, this taco offers a vibrant combination of flavours and textures.

Ingredients: Corn, cotija cheese, roasted red pepper, jalapeno corn salsa, pickled red onion, tomatillo salsa Verde.

Offered: daily from 11am – 10pm

Available: dine-in only

75 West Coast Grill

7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Tel: (604) 232-2804


Instagram @75westyvr

Geo Cider

Stuffed Poblano Taco

Price: $19.95 (2 tacos); or 1/2 order $12

Created by: Chef Carlos A. Martinez

Description:Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with our YVR Taco Challenge dish – a battered poblano pepper stuffed with creamy melting cheese and served on a mouthwatering corn tortilla, with a bed of perfectly cooked rice. And that’s not all – we top it off with a deliciously mild morita chile salsa, crumbled feta cheese, red onions, cilantro, and toasted sunflower seeds for an extra crunch that’ll leave you craving for more! But wait, there’s more! You can enjoy our taco duet with refried Mexican beans on the side, topped with warm, fresh corn tortilla chips. Come and indulge in this sensational culinary delight today!

Make sure to pair this dream taco with Geo cider tequila lime apple cider. 

Ingredients: corn tortilla, rice, (poblano pepper, cheese, egg, wheat flour), red sauce (tomato, garlic, onion, morita pepper, chipotle pepper, guajillo pepper) feta cheese, red onion and cilantro. Beans and tortilla chips on the side. 

Offered: Open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to 8pm, weekends until 10pm

Take out and delivery available.

You can also download our app. 


Google Play:

Geo Cider

1201 Commercial Way #318, Squamish

Tel:(778) 733-1080


Instagram @geocider

Lucha Libre Truck

Mascara Sagrada

Price is $9.50

Created by: Esteban Cuevas

Description: 6” corn tortilla and fried cheese base, topped with slow-cooked pulled pork in “pasilla” and “guajillo” adobo in a cilantro sauce.

It’ll be available all the time at our Food Truck location.

Offered: all the time when the truck is operating.

The truck will be parked on Mondays and Thursdays at Parkside Brewery (2731 Murray St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X1). Tuesdays will be at Yellow Dog Brewery (2817 Murray St #1, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X3).

And starting May 17th, it will be parked outside Innovative Fitness (2739 Murray St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X1) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Available: Takeout only

Lucha Libre Truck

(rotates locations)


Instagram @luchalibretaqueriavancouver

Maizal RMF

Taco Camarindo

Price: $9.95

Created by: Rodrigo Vela

Description: Tempura battered prawn, with a tamarind guajillo salsa and mango relish.

Offered: all the time for dine-in and take-out

Maizal RMF

2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 709-0813


Instagram: @maizal_rmf

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Jay Minter

Writer of food and the arts for On The List, Vancouver Presents and other publications.

Twitter: @jminter

Instagram @jminter

Maggi Mei

Blogger and Instagrammer

Instagram: @magmei

Ray Lee


Instagram @ray_thefoodie