Affordable and tasty tacos were a specialty of the restaurant.

Affordable and tasty tacos were a specialty of the restaurant.


A Boise restaurant with a history stretching all the way to Garden City has closed.

Taqueria El Torito, 4628 W. State St., closed this weekend in northwest Boise after a nearly five-year run. The Mexican restaurant informed customers with messages in English and Spanish. “Thank you for your patronage,” reads a sign on a window. “Taqueria El Torito will officially retire on Saturday, October 16, 2021.”

Opened in December 2016, Taqueria El Torito was the brick and mortar evolution of a longtime Garden City food truck. Located near the corner of State and Collister streets in Boise – next to Chinese restaurant New Garden – Taqueria El Torito specializes in authentic and affordable tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas and more. Orders were taken at the counter and delivered to customers’ tables. Much of the activity was in take out.

Taqueria El Torito has been awarded four out of five stars on Yelp.

“This place is above most Mexican places in Boise,” wrote a reviewer last year. “… Do yourself a favor and stop looking, you have found your food.” I’m from So Cal and this place does it better than most in Boise. ”

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Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Deeds materialized at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sports writer, editor, and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has ranged from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to advertising for Boise in the airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a BA in Editorial Journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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