El Taco - Authentic Mexican Food Born from Generational Love

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

(**Originally posted on my old page on August 31, 2020)

The only way to truly tell the story of the food at El Taco is to tell the story of the people behind it.

Twenty one years ago, I moved to the West Kootenay from Salt Spring Island on the coast. My first three years were spent in this magikal little place called, Queens Bay. I found the tiniest cabin ever, and dug myself in right away.

Upon moving there, I was immediately told that I should go to the ferry landing and meet Justine 'cause we would get along awesomely. She was rocking a coffee cart there during the summer back then. (Those were simpler times.) So, I went to the ferry landing, walked right up to the coffee cart, and said to the girl standing there, "You must be Justine. I'm supposed to meet you because we're gonna get along awesomely!" She laughed at me and said, "No, I'm Andrea!"

That turned out to be a total score though because Andrea and I got along awesomely from that very moment. (I thought to myself, "This place is great! So far, awesome people everywhere!") Turns out that there were three girls doin' the coffee cart at the ferry, Justine, Andrea and Caroline. They were all living at Justine's mom's place down the road from where I lived that summer.

Just like with Andrea, Justine and I hit it off perfectly. Maaan, is she ever a fantastic person! Back then, her and her whole crew of friends used to go to Mexico each winter. It was either the following spring or the one after that, that Justine came home with Ruben. He is an amazing guy. I liked him a lot right off the bat too.

Justine and Ruben have been together ever since...married with two beautiful children!


(Photos with permission from Justine)

Every winter they go back to Ruben's home in Mexico to be with family...parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents...the whole shebang! In the coming years, armed with family recipes, they opened El Taco with Justine's dad, Gil. They have been open for around 16 years I believe.


The food you get from El Taco is genuine Mexican cuisine. It is the only truly authentic Mexican eats that you will find in our region. Coming from family recipes that have been passed down through generations, their food tells a story of family, of love, of kindness and togetherness, and man, oh maaaan...is it ever good!

Chorizo Burrito - Lookkit that beauty!

Fish Taco

Unless you have super human skills, which clearly I do not possess, there's a good chance you might just get some on you. They pack so much lovin' into that food that it kind of knocks you aback, and it takes no prisoners on your senses, especially the full-tilt assault on your taste buds!

In the battle of me vs El Taco...El Taco is the undefeated champ!

It's a funky little place that transports you through its food. I love El Taco! I know the people behind it, and I know what they put into it. I know the general linage of its history, and ultimately that it was born from love, and that's exactly what their food delivers. If you want a true Mexican food experience, there is only one place to go.

El Taco!

El Taco

306 Victoria Street (block and a bit away)

Closes 8 p.m.

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm | Sun 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Phone: (250) 352-2060


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