in Gastown & Chinatown

Looking like an explosion in a paint factory, this friendly, rainbow-hued hole-in-the-wall is tucked along a cobbled back alley that looks a lot grittier than it actually is. Snag a stool under the beady gaze of several pink flamingos and dive into the multitudinous taco options (beef brisket Austin is our favorite) or heartier rice bowls and quesadillas.

Arrive off-peak to avoid the lineups at this tiny place (there are no reservations) and add a cheap-ass beer to keep things rolling.