Bea Taco Town is a popular Pittsburgh taco joint with two locations in the city- each on opposing ends of Smithfield Street downtown (a third was located on Banksville Road which has since closed).
This spot focuses on authentic Mexican tacos with numerous options including build-your-own tacos, premium chef made specials, and other appetizers and entrees.
We were told by many of you to visit this one, and it took us quite a bit of time to finally make it there. But I am happy to report we made it and are sharing it all in this full review!
Accidentally Ordered Three Meals (for Two)
Bea Taco Town is the kind of place where you do not order based on the price of the food, as we inadvertently ordered enough for three in our first visit.
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We decided to go for a mix of everything on the menu and ordered two regular tacos, one al pastor style and one cochinita pibil), an order of OMG tacos (two chef designed tacos with steak, sauteed cactus, pico de gallo, avocado, and more), as well as an order of their Dorados (deep fried taquitos with our choice filling of chicken).
As each was $7-$9 on their own, you can understand why we thought we needed more, but after they came out we realized we quickly realized we were mistaken- even if that is a good thing.
The Dorados are about what you would expect for a deep fried taquito. The tortilla was nice and crisp with a noticeable crunch, and the filling was packed full of chicken and potatoes and topped with an aggressive amount of lettuce, tomato, avocado and sour cream.
The OMG Tacos were perhaps the star of the meal as these take regular tacos to a new level. They were packed with fillings and pushed the boundaries of what the double shelled tacos could hold.
In fact, the regular tacos at Bea Taco Town were the only disappointment here if only because the al pastor style and cochinita pibil meat was identical in every way shape or form except that the al pastor was topped with a slice of pineapple and the cochinita was not.
It was spot on for cochinita pibil, but nothing at all like we would expect for al pastor which made us wonder if they were perhaps out of the meat and just didn't say anything (which is sad because true al pastor is the best filling you can ask for).
In any case, apart from the miss on the meat in the regular tacos we were pleasantly surprised with Bea Taco Town. Between the generous portions, decent prices, and delicious flavors we are happy that Pittsburgh is home to two locations for this restaurant.
The real winners here, however, are the premium tacos that load up on traditional flavors with a few more unusual twists. They cost a bit more per taco than the conventional options, but will leave you walking away stuffed and pleased all at the same time.
When it comes to delicious tacos, that is all we really want.
Bea Taco Town is located at 110 and 633 Smithfield Street. We visited the Banksville Road location prior to its closing for this review.