Looking for the place that started the “taco trend” in Toronto?
Granted, Grand Electric wasn’t the first place in town to serve tacos but they were the first to make them “cool” in a city infatuated with cool food eaten in cool spaces served by cool (read: hipster) servers. Don’t worry though – you can trust me on that I wouldn’t be writing about this spot if the food was not up to par and I can assure you the tacos here ($ 3.60 each) may be small in size but they are big in flavour. They pretty much rival the tacos served up at Seven Lives (see my Seven Lives article) as the best in Toronto.
The difference with Grand Electric is that they have a restaurant in which you can actually sit and enjoy these tacos. This is a good and bad thing. Good because, well, you can sit down, bad because, from the moment this taqueria opened getting a seat required olympic patience – the lineups for one of the half dozen tables was that long.
Lucky for us though, as the taco craze continues and dozens more taco palaces open, getting a seat here isn’t as hard as it used to be (tip: go at lunch). I recently revisted this spot and can happily report the tacos are as good and affordable as ever. A really extensive bourbon list rounds out the offering here for you boozers and the cocktails are as stiff as Toronto gets. Ole!