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These are Houston’s 13 best breakfast tacos

Published On 10/08/2014 Published On 10/08/2014
Brooke Viggiano

In Houston, when it comes to the most important meal of the day, the breakfast taco is king. That’s because we know there’s no better way to get a fresh start than loading up on eggs, chorizo, lard, and hot sauce (what? chorizo has tons of protein!). In light of that, we’ve rounded up the 13 most delicious morning tacos in town.

Brooke Viggiano

Laredo Taqueria

Multiple locations
Warning: study the menu as you make your way up to the cafeteria-style steam tables. Because once you’re there – in the words of Britney, "You better work bitch." It all goes so fast, so we’ll help: get spicy potatoes, chorizo & eggs, chicharrones, and refried beans. Or just point and smile. All of it is getting shoved into some of the softest, lardiest, handmade tortillas in town, anyway.
 

Dona Maria 

East End
Light and fluffy corn tortillas are this taqueria’s weapon of choice. Get them loaded with heaps of chorizo-packed huevos that are just dripping with bright-orange meat juice. And don’t forget to pile on the house salsa verde.

Brooke Viggiano

La Mexicana

Montrose
There’s really nothing more beautiful than a freshly prepared, fat and fluffy tortilla stuffed to the brim with eggs, ham, shredded cheese, sour cream, two kinds of salsa, whipped beans, and spicy potatoes. Especially when all of it tastes like butter. You can get one to go at the front-of-house taco bar, but we suggest sitting down for this one, possibly with your belt already unbuckled.
 

El Ultimo

Spring Branch
This Long Point standby knocks out some of the biggest and baddest breakfast tacos in town. And they do it all from a truck. Find it to get yourself a couple of chubby flour and corn tortillas stacked with scrambled eggs, alllll the meats, nopalitos (that’s cactus, you guys), fresh cilantro, onions, and hot-ass salsa. Oh, and an agua fresca. You’re gonna need that, too.

Villa Arcos Tacos

Villa Arcos

East End
Here’s what you need to know about this almost 40-year-old taco house on Navigation. First, they make their bomb-as-hell tortillas to-order. Second, there’s a taco called "the Super" that has eggs, potatoes, beans, cheese, and chorizo and/or bacon jammed inside. Third, you can get that greasy number all day long (and by all day long, we mean from 6am to 2pm on Tuesday through Saturday, and from 8am to 1pm on Sunday) for just a few bucks.

Chilosos

Chilosos Taco House

Heights
True or false: you want to stuff these handmade flour pillows – possibly the thickest, fluffiest ones in the city – with a crap-ton of sausage (there are 3 kinds), huevos, pico de gallo, cilantro, and guacamole. Allow us to assist. The answer is "true".
 

La Guadalupana Bakery & Café

Montrose
You can get fat, carne-loaded breakfast tacos with a side of tres leches all day long at this hole-in-the-wall bakery. Soooooo, it’s pretty much heaven.

Brothers Taco House

Brothers Taco House

EaDo
First, watch the ladies behind the griddle make fluffy flour and corn tortillas right before your eyes. Then, watch them stuff said tortillas with breakfast-y things like bacon & eggs, jalapeños & eggs, potatoes & eggs, or – because you can have meat whenever you damnwell please – carnitas, lengua, chicharrones, and deshebrada (that sexy, shredded brisket pictured above). Now, eat the crap out of them.
 

El Gallo de Jalisco

Heights
Gentrification may be rampant in the Heights, but this taqueria remains as authentic as ever. That means you can get some awesome house salsas and big-ass, made-to-order tacos for under $2, which is good, because its cash only and all you have is a 5.

Tacos A Go-Go

Tacos A Go-Go

Multiple locations
Problem: you woke up super-hungover at 2pm and cannot exist for another minute without a breakfast taco. Solution: this dope taco cantina, where they serve potato, egg, and jalapeño-filled grease bombs ALL DAY LONG.
 

Tacos Tierra Caliente

Montrose
This truck’s tacos (served ‘til 11:30am on the daily) may be tiny, but with eggs and plenty of spicy chorizo, they pack one hell of a punch. Don’t worry though; you can still easily take down three of them without feeling bad about yourself. Pro tip: make sure you drench them in both the red AND the green salsa.

Revival Market

Revival Market

Heights
It may not be as authentically Mexican as some other choices, but fresh yard eggs, numbingly good house salsa, and tender, locally-raised beef put this meat market’s tacos over the top. Follow them to see when you should be making your way to the Heights.
 

That taqueria in the gas station next to your house

Near you
Let’s face it: in a city known for Mexican eats, any breakfast taco you get is probably going to be pretty solid. Especially when it’s in walking distance. Case in point: Sunrise Taquito.

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1. Laredo Taqueria 915 Snover St, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington)

This bright orange shack is hard to miss -- right off of Washington Ave with a line out the door as a result of their seriously delicious breakfast and lunch tacos -- get in line and prepare for some fluffy, handmade tortillas stuffed with chorizo, barbacoa, and chicharrones.

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2. Dona Maria Mexican Cafe 2601 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

This East End restaurant/catering business offers up homemade corn tortillas, chorizo-packed huevos, and top-notch house salsa verde.

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3. La Mexicana 1018 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

La Mexicana is known for their breakfast burrito, made with a fat and fluffy tortilla stuffed to the brim with eggs, ham, shredded cheese, sour cream, two kinds of salsa, whipped beans, and spicy potatoes.

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4. Villa Arcos 3009 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

This East End Tex-Mex treasure has been around for almost 40 years, and here there are two very important words you need to know: Breakfast tacos. This joint's serves them (and other breakfast dishes) all day long, and the options are almost endless. For the few spare dollars in your pockets you can load up on a combination of eggs, cheese, potatoes, beans, rice, bacon, chorizo or pork sausage. Dining atmosphere here is ... well, it's your typical Tex-Mex restaurant. If you don't want to sit, however, takeout is incredibly quick.

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5. Chilosos Taco House 701 E. 20th St, Houston, TX 77009

Chilosos serves up handmade flour tortillas – possibly the thickest, fluffiest ones in the city – and a breakfast taco with a crap ton of sausage, huevos, pico de gallo, cilantro, and guacamole.

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6. Brothers Taco House 1604 Dowling St, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

This small family-owned join that's well known in East End serves up tacos buffet-style, and everything is made right before your eyes. You can watch cooks behind the griddle make fluffy flour and corn tortillas before stuffing said tortillas with breakfast staples such as bacon, eggs and potatoes. If you come for lunch or dinner it'll be carnitas, lengua, chicharrones, and desebrada. The staff and the line move rapidly and the only seating is outside, so you'll be in and out the door in no time.

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7. Revival Market 550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

This craft butcher and cafe in The Heights offers breakfast, lunch and full-service dinner and even has an in-house charcuterie program. Most of what Revival sells is made in-house, from all of the butchered meats to bottled jams, pickled vegetables and condiments. What is not made from scratch is sourced from other local and artisanal vendors.

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