Suppose you’re a taco connoisseur, margarita snob, and can tell a freshly made guac over day-old slime. Do you fear the vegetables will be an overcooked, mushy medley of onions, peppers, and, if you’re lucky, a few mushrooms? Kind of disappointing, right? Or when the beans taste like they were made a week ago, and the rice doesn’t have any flavor? How about when you order a margarita, and you get something looking like radiator fluid that tastes like artificial everything? Your teeth hurt, and you’re pretty sure there’s a headache in your future.
It’s hard to find good Mexican food, so we had to let you all know when we tried Daily Taco in Thiensville, we were in Mexican food heaven.
This newish spot opened its doors in November 2020 but, due to the pandemic, just started in-person dining in April of 2021. The food is Guadalajaran inspired, made to order, and is made fresh.
The building looks like it’s either new or recently renovated and has a drive-through along with plenty of parking. Inside, it’s not your typical dark booths with sticky vinyl and brightly colored tinsel adorning the ceiling. Daily Taco is all about clean lines with great natural lighting and colorful pottery and art. It’s modern but not cold feeling. A horseshoe bar greets you when you enter and takes up much of the indoor space, which we’re big fans of. There’s also a chill patio dining option and a separate covered outdoor dining area. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and laid back. One of the waitstaff brought a bowl of water outside for a customer’s dog. With that act alone, we were fans before even trying the food.
We asked about the margaritas, and we had to pause for a moment and then ask them to repeat what they’d said. In-house grilled hickory-smoked lemon, apricot liqueur & grapefruit margaritas? Umm, yes, please. These margaritas are batch-made and available on tap and in to-go bottles. They also have a delicious guava margarita, which was a little thick for us, but we loved the fresh flavors.
Homemade seasoned tortilla chips are served with your choice of various salsas listed on the menu in order of spiciness. These chips are insanely good, and we haven’t tried better anywhere else.
I went with the ultimate test of a Mexican restaurant and ordered a vegetarian dish, the sauteed veggies in a burrito bowl. The pickled onions are so good, the rice is basmati and has a good nutty flavor to it, and the veggies were all identifiable and not mushy. I loved the fresh herbs in the pico de gallo and crunchy radishes.
The birria tacos (beef or lamb) come with a side of bone broth au jus. I mean…need I say more? Just get these tacos. We ordered the beef and they were the best tacos we’ve had in Milwaukee. The only thing I didn’t like was that we weren’t able to get a combo of lamb and beef- it’s one or the other. But, this is our new place for Mexican food so we’ll be back and will try the lamb along with everything else on the menu.