Tucked away on Kitsilano’s Yew Street, Lucky Taco is one of the newest restaurants by Gooseneck Hospitality: the minds behind the popular spots Bufala and Wildebeest. Opened in July 2016, Lucky Taco is upbeat and brightly decorated. Spanish phrases and drink menu items in orange and teal lettering cover the walls and create a cantina-like atmosphere. Large windows look out on a small patio that opens in the summer.
Lucky Taco features a fun food and drink menu, heavily inspired by Mexican street fare. The drink menu offers tasting flights of tequila and mezcal, Mexico’s two most revered spirits. The robust cocktail list features Latin classics such as sangria and an excellent margarita. However, Lucky Taco’s best cocktails are their originals, like the Oaxaca-inspired old-fashioned, and the delightful pineapple bellini — a slushie made in-house with vodka, pineapple, sparkling wine, cilantro, and mint. The beer list is a mix of both Mexican and local brews.
The simple food menu lists appetizers and tacos. The appetizers or bocadillos feature a few tasty choices. One of the highlights is the tuna poke with BC albacore tuna and fresh avocado served on a crispy tostada. The runaway star of the appetizer menu is the stadium-style nachos: house-made tortilla chips generously topped with pickled goodies, cheese sauce, and multiple salsas. The rest of the food menu focuses solely on tacos. The cauliflower taco is a favourite. Chunks of tempura-battered cauliflower glazed with a house sauce and topped with queso fresco and salsa create a surprising burst of flavour. Other tasty options include the delicious crispy fried chicken taco and the cheeseburger taco. Menu items range between a very reasonable $4 to $12 each.
Over the last few months, Lucky Taco has emerged as a neighbourhood favourite and with summer approaching, you can bet on having a hard time getting a table.
1685 Yew Street