Who doesn’t love tacos? OK, I guess people who don’t like eating with their hands. But whatever. I like tacos.

Four of us needed to grab a delicious yet quick dinner before our company’s holiday party (no dinner, but free drinks, appies, midnight poutine, and lots of dancing). The recommendation of the newly opened Wilbur Mexicana on King Street West seemed to fit the bill.

Wilbur Mexicana, Toronto

I’m big on order and instructions, of which I kinda wish there were some when we walked in. So here’s the lowdown: menus are hanging on clipboards from a rack by the door. Line up and order at the cash register. You pay and they give you a number to display at your table once you sit down. Food will be brought to you.

(But if it’s super busy and you’re with a big group, I’d advise splitting up a few people in charge of ordering, and another party to scout and secure a table. Or you could do what they do in China and stand uncomfortably close to a table until they hurry up and leave. Probably the former is best.)

Wilbur Mexicana, Toronto

Wilbur Mexicana, Toronto

Wilbur has two genius amenities: a salsa bar stacked with freshness (there was pico de gallo, pineapple, black bean, verde crudo to name a few when I went), as well as an array of dozens of hot sauces. I almost wanted to order more tacos just so I could try more condiments.

Wilbur Mexicana, Toronto

Wilbur Mexicana, Toronto

The tacos ($3.75 each, except baja fish $4.25) are served on double corn tortillas. I liked the fresh toppings like cabbage and chipotle crema on the baja fish, and the queso fundido on the carne asada. The protein fillings were fine, but not spectacular. That’s not to say it wasn’t a great experience.

The setting is vibrant, the price-point is great, and staff were super friendly, helpful and efficient in bringing our food and clearing tables. One even took a great group photo for us.

I’d definitely come back to try more tacos and the brisket taquitos, which sound amazing.

Wilbur Mexicana, 552 King Street West, Toronto, (416) 792-1878. Open Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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