Taco Summer

Taco Summer: Saucy Shrimp Tacos, Mexican Sushi, and Fresh Churros on Bethany Home Road

Shelby Moore
The shrimp tacos at Kissi are accompanied by a sauce resembling hot pico de gallo and a spicy, cool aioli on the side.
8. Tacos Kissi

 Tacos Kissi, 2720 West Bethany Home Road
Open Since: 2013
Style: A little bit of everything, but specializes in seafood
Signature Taco(s): Saucy shrimp tacos

Tacos Kissi, a couple of short blocks west of the I-17 on Bethany Home Road, boasts a name that actually might be misleading. While they do serve al pastor, carne asada, chicken fajitas — you name it — tacos on their handmade corn tortillas, the little shop offers so much more.

Beyond their standard street tacos, they offer excellent Mexican seafood dishes like ceviche tostadas and shrimp tacos, which are served in a warm, chunky tomato sauce, almost a hot pico de gallo, and presented alongside a bottle of cool, creamy, spicy aioli to drizzle generously over the top.

They give equal billing to Mexican sushi, a trending hybrid cuisine that sees Mexican meats and spices stuffed into sushi rolls. Then, there's dessert. If dessert is available at all at most counter-service taco spots around Phoenix, it’s usually flan in a plastic cup. But at Tacos Kissi, you can choose from several flavors of Thrifty-brand ice cream, available by the scoop along with a fresh, fried-to-order churro.

Our Taco Summer picks so far:
50. Taqueria Don Beto
49. Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa
48. Tacos Tijuana
47. El Burrito Grande
46. El Horseshoe Restaurant
45. Tacos Sahuaro
44. El Pollo Correteado
43. Adrian's
42. La Fiesta
41. Taqueria Lucy
40. Tortas Ahogadas George
39. Taqueria El Chino
38. Joe's Tacos
37. Taqueria El Gallo de Lagos
36. Tacos Huicho
35. Puffy Taco Shack
34. Ni De Aqui Ne De Alla
33. Mr. Mesquite
32. Senor Ozzy's
31. Tacos Jalisco
30. Ta'Carbon
29. Taqueria Los Yaquis
28: Helio Basin Brewing
27: Sonora Taco Shop
26: Mercado Y Carniceria Cuernavaca
25. Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca
24. Paquime Street Food
23. The Rez
22. Asadero Toro
21. La Frontera 1
20. Taquería Yaqui
19. Presidio Cocina Mexicana
18. Mucha Lucha Taco Shop
17. Casa Reynoso
16. Backyard Taco
15. Taquitos Jalisco
14: Waldo's Tacos
13: Moreno's Mexican Grill
12: Asadero Norte De Sonora
11: Taqueria La Hacienda #1
10. Gadzooks
9. Tacos Chava