If you just spent a full day up on the slopes skiing your heart out or crushing the mountain biking trails up Big Cottonwood Canyon and are ready to stuff your face with authentic Mexican food and a long-awaited cerveza, check out the Lone Star Taqueria. Located just west of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon on Fort Union Boulevard, the Lone Star is a locals’ favorite that’s guaranteed to satisfy.
What Makes it Great
The Lone Star Taqueria has been cooking up authentic Mexican cuisine in the Salt Lake Valley since 1995. It was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-in’s & Dives. The Sunset Magazine said the Lone Star Taqueria has the “west’s best taco”. It definitely holds up to that title. The tacos are absolutely wonderful—the flavor explodes in your mouth. These aren’t the Americanized tacos that you get at some chain restaurants—big greasy things doused in cheese. This is authentic Mexican food. There’s nothing like a plate of Lone Star Taqueria fish tacos after a day of outdoor fun. To answer your next question—yes, you can get a couple post-ride beers at the Lone Star.
Prices are very reasonable at the Lone Star Taqueria. Most a la carte items are between $3 and $5, and dinner entrees (combination platters and burritos) are all around $6 and $8. Expect a casual date to run between $20 and $30, and your post-ride meal with your buddies to run about $15 each. (Every outdoor adventure deserves a delicious cerveza)
What You’ll Remember The atmosphere at the Lone Star is active and alive. The seating outside is perfect for kicking back and soaking up rays while staring down the business end of a huge Carne Adovada Burrito. It gets screaming busy during the lunch time hour. It’s usually pretty busy at the Lone Star Taqueria—it’s a Salt Lake City favorite. Folks from all over the valley are happy to drive many miles for the experience.
Who’s Going to Love It The Lone Star is a great place to eat for anyone looking for a simple, delicious meal. Best paired with a Mexican beer and great company, Lone Star tacos will make a believer of the most discriminating critic.
Parking and Hours Parking can be tricky during peak hours. The parking lot isn’t very big, but you can either park across the street in the plaza area at Ream’s, or at night you can park in the bank parking lot just east of the Taqueria. Don’t show up at 7:00 on a Saturday night and expect to sit right down. On the other hand, the food and the experience are well worth the wait.
Lone Star Taqueria is pretty easy to find. From downtown Salt Lake City, take I-15 south to 215 east. Take exit 8 and head south on Highland Dr. Turn left onto E 7000 S/Fort Union Blvd. You’ll pass the Bella Vista Elementary School on your left. Lone Star will be on the same side of the street on the next block. Lone Star is open 11am to 9pm Monday through Thursday and 11am to 10pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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