[Not Your Mama's] Taco Tuesday

These unconventional tacos will make your Tuesday feel like a Friday.

1. Diablo Taco, Los Angeles, CA

Next time you're in the city of angels, munch on these devilishly delicious creations: Maple Fried Chicken, Ground Bison Chili, and Beer Battered Rock Fish tacos (to name a few).  Follow up with a Diablo Pop- a beer and ice pop combo that is now sold at Dodger Stadium- for an icy treat. 

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Achiote venison taco, jalapeño bacon marmalade, blackberries

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Left to right: Brussel sprouts, shrimp, chicken tinga, and Bing cherry

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2. Tacodeli, Austin, TX

Is there any doubt that Austin knows how to do TexMex with panache? Tacodeli keeps it real with these tasty morsels.

Chile En Nogada Taco finished with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds

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The Papadulce: Oven roasted sweet potatoes (camote), grilled corn, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, toasted pepitas, & a chipotle camote sauce

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3. Mas Tacos Por Favor, East Nashville, TN

Finally, a taco joint with manners! Mas Tacos specializes in uniquely refreshing combinations like Fried Tilapia with spicy dill yogurt and Carne Molida with lime-marinated onions. Make sure to grab a side of elote - grilled corn on the cob seasoned with cayenne pepper, lime, Parmesan, and mayo. You'll thank us. 

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4. Korilla BBQ, East Village, New York City

You had us at Korean/Mexican fusion. Marinated tofu and beet tacos are among the stellar vegetarian options; spicy bbq pork burritos and bacon kimchi fried rice call out to adventurous carnivores.

In addition to the brick-and-mortar location, diners on-the-go can catch the Korilla food truck around town Mon-Fri. Online ordering and delivery are also on the way. Life just keeps getting better.

5. Taco Guild, Phoenix, AZ

This popular gastropub in Midtown Phoenix is housed in a former church. Guild disciples love the funky, flavorful entrées like Crackling Lamb, Nopales, and Duck Confit tacos, and the produce is locally sourced from neighborhood farms for ultimate freshness. The Taco Guild gets extra credit for offering tequila education classes. Who says you can't have it all?

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6. Casita Taqueria - St. Petersburg, Florida

When in Florida, order the seafood.  Casita Taqueria curates the perfect coastal tacos by pairing lightly seasoned fried cod with homemade pineapple salsa (the Pescado taco) and garlic chipotle marinated grilled shrimp with shredded cabbage (the Camarones taco).

Go for the Verudas tacos (summer squash, zucchini, red peppers, and sauteed onions) when stepping out for a light lunch.; chow down on the Chorizo tacos (spicy Mexican sausage) for a hearty dinner that hits the spot. 

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DIY Challenge: Combine your favorite taco recipe with the prickly pear fruit or its juice. Share your creation on social media with #twistyTuesday.