Where to Find the Best Tacos in Scottsdale

Toca Madera Staff

7 min read

Mexico has given the world many delicious foods. However, tacos seem to be the most loved, despite being somewhat messy. Before we tell you where to find the best tacos in Scottsdale, Arizona, let’s take a brief look at what makes tacos one of the best Mexican food options!

Why Does America and the World Love Tacos?

1. Balanced Meal

The history of tacos in Mexico dates back centuries, way before the 1500s when the Spanish arrived. During this period, tacos were prepared fresh and soft (on corn tortillas) and filled with cooked organ meats or fish. Tacos earned the status of a staple meal for providing all vital nutrients needed in a single bite. This very reason for eating tacos remains today.

A bite of a taco contains all food groups. For instance, soft corn tortillas or flour tortillas provide the carbs, vegetable toppings provide the vitamins, and meat fillings provide the protein. Other sources of protein can also be used i.e., refried beans, thereby creating different styles of taco options.

2. Highly Customizable

Tacos are also loved for their highly custom nature. While there are unwritten rules when making tacos, there’s no single universal recipe that we must abide by. Tacos can contain pretty much anything as long as they are wrapped and contain all food groups. They can be spiced up and filled up with just about anything.

What’s more, even though they became popular as street food (introduced in the U.S. in the early 1900s by Mexican immigrants), they can be easily transformed into a dish fit for a higher quality meal, if you are in the mood for a richer culinary experience. The shell could be slightly altered, the fillings could be more carefully selected and a tastier dressing could be placed.

For example, Toca Madera, an upscale restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona has managed to do this perfectly.

3. Universal Appeal

Tacos are among the few foods with a global appeal, even the pickiest eaters can find something they love in this culinary option. With vegetarian versions and customization freedom, anyone can enjoy tacos, including those with dietary restrictions and/or unique tastes and preferences.

4. Can be Enjoyed Anywhere, Anyhow!

Tacos can double up as the perfect street food or on-the-go snack. They can be rolled up to form a burrito and enjoyed on the go. They can also be served traditionally as a quick meal or snack and taken during lunch, dinner, or any other time (i.e. breakfast tacos). They can also be made for a fine dining experience. With certain variations and changes, this beloved street snack can be turned into a whole luxurious and delicious meal.

In a nutshell, the tacos experience is limitless, and therein lies the “secret”.

5. Tacos Have Their Own Day – Taco Tuesday

Lastly, tacos are so great they have a special day reserved for them in the U.S.: Taco Tuesdays! Very few foods are held in such high regard by restaurants, and it’s this constant indulgence that is largely responsible for maintaining the love of tacos.

Now that we have an idea of why tacos are loved, let’s shift our focus to finding the best tacos in Scottsdale. While there’s no shortage of tacos in restaurants across Scottsdale, some make their tacos better than others and add a touch of luxury. Toca Madera is one of them!

Toca Madera: Restaurant with the Best Tacos in Scottsdale

Toca Madera is a modern Mexican steakhouse that stands out for pairing the highest-quality ingredients with bold flavors, along with sustainable and organic ingredients. All of this is blended in with a luxurious modern, and timeless space. If you are keen on experiencing tacos and Mexican cuisine with an upscale touch, look no further.

Toca Madera’s Tacos Offering

The restaurant has two proprietary taco menus dubbed Taqueria menu and Toca Tuesday where you can enjoy a plate of tacos (beef tacos, chicken tacos, fish tacos, or the day’s choice of tacos.) alongside other delicious treats.

1. Taqueria Menu

The Taqueria menu is Toca Madera’s version of Mexican offerings like tacos and burritos with a luxurious twist. The menu contains quick delicacies with many varying ingredients.

The are five main offerings differentiable by the main fillings i.e., fish, chicken, braised beef, and non-meat options like truffle mushroom and soy-based fillings. Toca Madera also has a Taco Del Dia option composed of the taco offering of the day.

Each offering has unique toppings ranging from staples like pickled red onions to avocado-tomatillo salsa, fresh cilantro, roasted peppers, chili, and more, dictated by the fillings.

2. Toca Tuesday

Toca Tuesday is Toca Madera’s version of Taco Tuesday. The Toca Tuesday menu can be enjoyed every Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

It has a table offering, a taco and burrito offering, a raw bar offering, and signature cocktails. Guests can also enjoy various wines.

The table offerings have guacamole (a sort of creamy avocado salsa), salads and various healthy options, melted cheese (dubbed queso fundido), toast, and more.

The Taqueria offering offers a choice between two meat fillings. The raw bar also has two options.

Tacos Pairing

As mentioned, the Toca Tuesday menu has a wine selection composed of red wines, white wines, and rose wines, perfect for those who want a complete luxurious taco experience. Tacos pair perfectly with red and rose wines due to their high acidity, which gives them the ability to cut through the unique taco flavors and fattiness.

The spicy characteristics of red and white wines mean they perfectly complement the herbal flavors of tacos. The Toca Tuesday menu also comes with cocktails you can before the main meal.

The finishing touch

Delicious tacos and tacos pairing aside, Toca Madera also offers an unmatched upscale ambiance. Enjoy delicious tacos, cocktails, and wines in a stunning and comfortable atmosphere coupled with seductive music. Toca Madera has a modern and timeless design. All elements of the restaurant are thoughtfully curated to offer the ultimate sensory experience. A luxurious and tasty Taco Tuesday adventure doesn’t get better than this in Scottsdale.

Ready to enjoy the best tacos in Scottsdale in a luxurious environment? Make a reservation at Toca Madera in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alternatively, you can call: +1-480-930-4357 or visit in person at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Google Maps.