50 States, 50 Tacos

In search of America's tastiest tacos, Food Network Magazine discovered that chefs will stuff anything into a tortilla: mac and cheese, hearts of palm, octopus. The magazine's taco team tried hundreds of tacos to come up with this list of the best in every state (and D.C. too!). Wherever you are, these picks are worth the trip.

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Kowaliga Restaurant: Alexander City, Alabama

This classic Southern taco is the best reason to visit Kowaliga. Another: Hank Williams penned "Kaw-Liga" about a wooden Indian that once held court here. $5; 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd.; kowaligarestaurant.com

Baja Taco: Cordova, Alaska

The salmon here is as fresh as you can get — it's caught nearby and served on a tortilla smothered with salsa, chipotle mayo and shredded cabbage. $5.25; 1 Harbor Loop Rd.; bajatacoak.com

El Guero Canelo: Tucson, Arizona

Hot dogs are the specialty of the house here, but the carne asada tacos are the reason lunch lines wrap around the restaurant. You get to top them yourself with veggies, avocado crema and three kinds of salsa. $2; multiple locations; elguerocanelo.com

Local Lime: Little Rock, Arkansas

These little winners are proof that a tiny taco can be big on flavor. They're packed with a mix of chorizo, caramelized pineapple and Jack cheese — and each one is gone in two bites. $10.50 for three; 17815 Chenal Pkwy.; locallimetaco.com

Kogi BBQ: Los Angeles, California

Mention "Korean tacos" in Los Angeles and locals will lead you here: Chef Roy Choi's caramelized short rib taco topped with chili-soy slaw started a citywide Korean taco trend in 2008. $2.29; multiple locations; kogibbq.com

Pinche Tacos: Denver, Colorado

Visitors drive from several towns away to dig into this pork belly taco: a thick slice braised in orange juice and vinegar, served with candied garlic and a side of dipping jus. $3.50; two locations; tacostequilawhiskey.com

Agave Grill: Hartford, Connecticut

You can order these blue corn tortillas with all sorts of fillings, but barbecue pork is the most loved. Fans say the tacos are as close to Mexican street food as you can find in Connecticut. $11 for two; 100 Allyn St.; agavect.com

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