1. Kimchi Falafel Tacos
The Wheelhouse, 1670 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-351-5220, wheelhousefood.com
A recurring special, these Kimchi Falafel Tacos are the stuff of fusion cuisine dreams. Homemade corn tortillas barely contain the crunchy, flavorful falafel; tangy, organic kimchi; and house-made Thai hot sauce. Top it off with some guac—it’s extra, but you’ll be glad you splurged.
Also try: The Peanut Chicken Tacos. Shredded chicken meets salty Thai peanut sauce in a perfect Thai-Mexican combo.
2. Hawaiian Chicken Taco
Great American Taco Co., 2915 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-315-8745; 2150 W. Republic Road, Springfield
Great American Taco Co. is known for its menu full of inventive recipes, and few are as delicious as its Hawaiian Chicken Taco. Juicy citrus-marinated chicken is topped with sweet chili sauce, pineapple pico, bacon, cabbage, feta and cilantro sour cream. It’s not overly sweet and certainly jam-packed with flavor.
Also try: A Caprese Chicken Taco. If you love the salad, you’ll dig the taco version, too.
3. Fu Yu Taco
Tinga Tacos, 308 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-831-8007, facebook.com/tingatacos
Tofu on a taco sounds like a weird combination, but Tinga Tacos has perfected the mix in its vegan Fu Yu Taco. Firm tofu joins mango habanero syrup, cabbage, cilantro and pickled carrots and onions. Bonus: All tacos come with your choice of flour, corn or crunchy shells.
Also try: A Fruity Piggles Taco. Habenero fig jam on a pork taco? Yes, please.
4. Yin Yang Taco
Not’cho Ordinary Taco, Parked at Aldrich Road and Springfield Ave., Bolivar, 417-399-1101, facebook.com/notchoordinarytaco
Honey Sriracha–glazed shrimp pack heat into this unusual taco served with teriyaki slaw and pineapple chutney that adds a hint of sweetness. Did we mention the sinful fried wonton shell?
Also try: A Neverfake Cheesesteak Taco. The traditional sandwich fixings join jalapeño cream cheese, cilantro, chipotle aioli, tomato and lettuce.
5. Machaca con Huevo a la Mexicana
Tortilleria Perches, 1601 W. Sunshine St., Suite M, Springfield, 417-864-8195
What’s better than a taco? A breakfast taco. Tortilleria Perches serves several on its breakfast menu. Our favorite is the Machaca Con Huevo a La Mexicana. Tender barbacoa scrambled in eggs and wrapped in a homemade flour or white corn tortilla is just what your morning needs.
Also try: A Chorizo Con Huevo y Papas Taco. Swap the barbacoa for chorizo and add in potatoes.