For many of the nearly 20 years I lived in Los Angeles before moving to my mother’s hometown of Baltimore two years ago, I was a food writer, editor, and recipe developer—which meant I spent most of those two decades eating Mexican food. This mostly came in the form of tacos, often sought out and consumed with the late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold—whose gravestone, in Hollywood Forever cemetery, is chiseled with the words “Tacos Forever,” a motto many of us continue to live by.
So, when I came to Baltimore, the first thing I did was look for tacos.
Not only was I hungry, but life without them would have been unimaginable. (This is not hyperbole; ask my Angeleno children.) I didn’t have to reload the U-Haul, as this town has excellent taquerias and taco trucks, many centered near the Upper Fells Point neighborhood where I now live. Exploring with my dog has been my way of imprinting, and the afternoon I found the Tacos Jalisco truck—and sat on the steps of the church where it’s parked with a paper plate of tacos al pastor, extra sauce, and gorditas—was the day I decided Baltimore was, indeed, home.
As a further exercise in imprinting, here are the six taquerias and two taco trucks within a two-plus-mile circuit from my front stoop—plus a few more that are absolutely worth a short drive.