Tacos: they're what's for dinner. And lunch. And pretty much whenever you're hungry. But when it comes to the tacos you have for breakfast, they're a slightly different animal than those you consume the rest of the day, fulfilling all the needs a great breakfast food must fulfill while still remaining, unequivocally, tacos. When it comes to tacos as a morning meal, you simply won't do any better than these eight spots:
Northeast, Fort Worth
Unless you know the address, you’ll likely never find Aguilera’s Café. And unless you go now, you’ll likely never enjoy the tiny menu cooked by 88-year-old veteran/owner, Santos Aguilera. Run out of a white house with a sea foam-colored trim and no signage (it’s on the inside), this 56-year-old Fort Worth institution is dimly lit with a smattering of fading booths and tables under WWII memorabilia (check out the pin-up propaganda poster with the words, "I wish I was a man. I’d join the Navy").
An ornate, carved bar leads the way to the kitchen. Of the two breakfast tacos available, the carne guisada -- with cubes of beef that look to be instruments of chewy torture draped in chile sauce, but are really fork-tender morsels in a flour tortilla -- is the must-order. And order you must -- soon. When Santos passes, so will his restaurant. The renovations needed to bring up to code a structure that was grandfathered in after current building regulations were put in place are too costly for Aguilera’s son and family. Heck, if the dining room gets smoky, the ventilation system used to remove it is an open front door. Call ahead. Saturday morning hours are erratic.