TUCSON, Ariz. - Many calendars are reminding us Oct. 4 is National Taco Day.
Let's be clear: This is a made-up food holiday. While celebrating the ubiquitous hand-held dish is important, there is no need for such an occasion in Tucson. That's because everyday is taco day for those who live here.
According to NationalTacoDay.com, Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos last year.
In Tucson, we have tons of choices. Ranking them is close to impossible. Some of the best-rated ones on Yelp include:
- Tacos Aspon
- Pico de Gallo
- Seis Kitchen
- Birreria Guadalajara
As the Taco Bells and On the Borders of the world promote their specials, legitimate taco shops are going about their business amid a hostile political climate.
In 2016, before out current president was elected, a Phoenix Trump supporter lamented of taco trucks being on every corner.
Cut to this year, when we saw immigrant families, from countries where corn tortillas are staples, being separated from their children.
Just this week, a viral video from Colorado emerged, showing a woman defending another's right to speak Spanish at a store. The attacker was arrested.
We have a day dedicated to the food, but not for the people who created it.