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Our New Obsession: Hard Shell Tacos

From San Antonio to Toronto, taquerias are coming out of their soft shells.

Hard shell tacos

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; food stylist: Marie-Élaine Thibault; prop stylist: Rodrigo Sergio Eguren Raez

There’s a new taco in town as chefs revive the much-maligned hard shell with versions that pack a crunch. Catty Shack in New Orleans and Toronto’s Hotmess Tex Mex riff on a certain yellow-and-red-box classic, with house-fried corn tortillas, lettuce, grated cheddar, ground beef and pico de gallo. Start your meal at New York’s Momosan Ramen with mini Peking-duck tacos served in crispy gyoza skins. And Lee’s El Taco Garage is a go-to for San Antonio’s signature puffy tortillas – a deep-fried bubbled-corn fold, filled with cumin-spiced beef and potato picadillo that will have you shelling out for seconds.

Catty Shack New Orleans, facebook.com/cattyshacktexmex
Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto, hotmesstexmex.com
Lee’s El Taco Garage San Antonio, tacogarage.com
Momosan Ramen New York, momosanramen.com

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