Vancouver Foodster presents the 1st Taco Challenge

After a successful Creme Bruilee challenge comes a Mexican dish that features a mix of Mexican and non-Mexican restaurants. Here is our 1st Taco Challenge featuring 8 restaurants in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond that runs from May 9-31, 2014.
Participating restaurants are showcasing Taco dishes that were specially created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these restaurants during the challenge period .

For our Challenges, we have 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public who are invited to visit any of the participating restaurants and order the Taco dishes and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge by casting their votes.

For this challenge we have 4 media judges and they are:

Joe Leary

Host of Just Here for the Beer Radio, Broadcaster, Feature Writer/Columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper, Feature Writer BC Lions Magazine

Twitter: @reallyjoeleary

Kelly Marion

Blogger for Marionettes Overnight

Twitter: @KellyJean247

Alvin Lee

Food imagery Photographer and Writer for &

Twitter: @alvinkclee

Alyssa Dawson

Lifestyle host and producer. Host at Novus TV, blogger.

Twitter: @AlyssaCDawson

These are just some of the unique Taco creations in this challenge

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Taco Canaco
Taco Canaco


Taco Canaco

Price: $13

Created by: Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

Description:  Salmon scallops sprout mix – house-made gluten free tortilla – arugula garlic and a cilantro tequila based salsa

Offered: Daily for lunch and dinner

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127


Twitter: @elaztecavan

Blue Canoe Restaurant

Papito Fish Tacos
Papito Fish Tacos

Papito Fish Tacos

Price: $14.49

Created by: Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra

Description:  Smoked paprika spiced fish, jicama slaw, salsa fresca, avocado crema and corn tortillas.

Offered:  All day

Location: 140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811


Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

Darby’s Public House

Darby's Braised Lamb Tacos
Darby’s Braised Lamb Tacos

Darby’s Braised Lamb Tacos

Price: $10.95

Created by: Chef A.J. Jackson

Description: Cumin Braised Lamb Taco with pickled red onions, cilantro, flour tortilla

Offered: all day 11am-midnight

Darby’s Public House

2001 Macdonald St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 731-0617


Twitter: @darbys_in_kits

Las Tortas

Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo
Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo

Trio of Fish Tacos Mexico Lindo

Price: $14.95

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber, Chef Miguel Villalobos

Description: El dorado fish (mahi-mahi) presented in 3 different cooking styles:

From Mazatlan Sinaloa: Zarandeado, Open flame grilled in a smoky barbq pepper sauce.

From Acapulco: Costeno, grilled with our house 5 herbs seasoning, cabbage, cilantro sauce and guacamole.

From the Peninsula of Yucatan : TikinChick, baked in a banana leaf with a blend of sour orange, lime, and achiote adobo. A true Mayan delicacy.

Served along a Pineapple Cucumber Pico de gallo, Green Tomatillo Sauce and our Signature Taquera Salsa.

Offered: both lunch and dinner

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402




The full list of participating restaurants can be found here
Voting: The public is invited to order these Taco dishes,at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the Taco creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from May 9-31, 2014

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Taco creation. 
We will announce the winning restaurants and their Taco dishes on June 2, 2014.

About Vancouver Foodster
Founded in 2009 by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster is Vancouver’s premier online “Essential Food & Drink Intelligence” guide. The site offers expert advice on the hottest restaurants, parties, and openings this city has to offer, as well as the most interesting dining trends and newest cuisines and food around the region. Vancouver Foodster also runs a series of food challenges with restaurants and chefs throughout the year! 

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