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“Awesome, Authentic Street Tacos in SB”
Review of Lilly's Tacos

Lilly's Tacos
Ranked #24 of 585 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Terrific authentic taqueria near downtown. Many Latinos eating here, which is always a good sign for a taqueria. Plenty of street parking nearby. Stand at the counter and order from the simple menu, wait for your number to be called, then carry to the dining room or outside. My wife and I each ordered the 3-taco lunch special, she a carne asada and two chicken fajita, and me all three pork adobada. I added additional green chili sauce and fresh cilantro from a chilled toppings bar inside before sitting at a table on the sidewalk out front.. We had a view of the freeway in one direction and the beautiful purple flowering jacaranda trees in the other. We also each had a cane sugar Coke. It's a delicious "just enough” lunch spot. Only $5.40 for each of us plus $2.00 for the Coke.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Really enjoy finding this little hole in the wall on the backstreet to Santa Barbara. They do street tacos the right way offering a variety of meats as well of some of the more standard south of the border fair such as tripe on certain days. We had the Carnitas as well as Carne Asada
They serve onions and cilantro as well as several salsas and pickled vegetables.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

SB was a pit stop along the PCH. Googled tacos and came across Lily's. What a find! Great food. Quick bite and cheap. Think we got 8 tacos and 2 drinks for under $20. For the rest of the trip we wished we could bring Lily's with us!

Thank Nate G
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We were recommended to Lilly's Taqueria and weren't disappointed. You order at the counter and when they call your number, you pick up your plate steaming hot tacos. They had quite a variety of meats and I selected chicken. There was a lot of meat and it was very tender and flavorful. There was nothing else on the tacos except the meat, however there is a salsa bar with other condiments including cilantro, cilantro with onions radishes and various salsas. I also ordered the grilled onions which came with three long, thin peppers. The onions add a lot of flavor to the tacos. Beware of the little innocent looking peppers! Initially they taste like bell peppers but after a minute your mouth and lips are on fire for half an hour! There is one bathroom with one toilet. There was always a line. The place was clean and somebody was always sweeping and mopping the floor. The tacos were really inexpensive and so tasty.
The location was about a block from State Street and near the 101 freeway.

Thank 982karenh982
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Tacos are small but packed with meat. The tongue tacos are delicious! The tongue melts in your mouth and is buttery. The head and cheek tacos are rich and tender. Pork was full of flavor and spice. Chicken was delicious and juicy.

The tangy green tomatillo salsa is mild and tangy. The red tomato and chilies salsa has a little bit of a kick. The roasted chilies salsa packs a punch of smoky flavors and heat. Will be back for more soon. Definitely recommend this taqueria!

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