Food & Drink

The 14 Best Taco Spots in Houston

Published On 06/15/2015 Published On 06/15/2015
Debora  Smail
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1. The El Cantina Superior 602 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007

This Tex-Mex spot in the Heights offers delicious, home-style dishes like fajitas, enchiladas, and nachos, plus great margaritas.

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2. Ula's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 5555 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Lovers of wallet-friendly -- but still good-as-hell -- fajitas rejoice! Missouri-city based Tex-Mex god Ula’s has a Washington Ave outpost. The cantina offers everything from tableside queso del mar and the aforementioned sizzling fajitas to California-style burritos and steak ranchero... all crafted with a focus on fresh flavors and even fresher ingredients.

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3. Velvet Taco 4819 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Just because you call it a taco doesn't mean you need to stick with the classics. No one knows this better than Velvet Taco. What you'll find nestled inside the homemade tortillas is globally inspired, like crispy tikka chicken and Thai basil, or Cuban pig with gruyere cheese, shaved ham, peppered bacon, grain mustard, and house cured pickles.

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4. El Ultimo Taco Truck 7403 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055

Want big flavor without spending big bucks? Look no further than El Ultimo. Tacos start at $1.50 and ratchet all the way up to $1.75 for el ultimo on thick flour tortillas. This place is known for its breakfast taco selection, but you can never go wrong stopping by on your lunch break (shouldn't be hard, their usual spots are right outside the loop). Pick your meat (go for the de chicharron y barbacoa, trust us) and have it topped with salsa verde, grilled onions, cilantro, white cheese, and avocado slices.

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5. El Real Tex-Mex Cafe 1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Located in the refurbished Tower Theater building in Houston's Montrose neighborhood, El Real serves vintage Tex-Mex. That means fresh lard is rendered in house, tortillas are handmade, and chili powder is ground fresh from lightly toasted anchos and cumin seeds. The most popular order is the signature three-cheese enchiladas in chili con carne sauce with a fried egg on top, but the tacos, whose shells are cooked to puffy perfection à la San Antonio, are a must-try.

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6. Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

The fajitas at the original Tex-Mex outpost on Navigation earn their cook the title of Mexican fare experts. Alongside the fajitas, staples like mole enchiladas, Oaxacan-style pork tamales, and jalapeño-stuffed Shrimp Diablo (not to mention the head-sized frozen margaritas) take some serious culinary chops, which means these dishes go far above and beyond Houston's other Tex-Mex eateries.

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7. 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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8. Pistolero's 1517 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

This Montrose taco and tequila temple covers all the bases when you're craving Mexican. From Dia de los Muertos decor to street-style corn and house-infused tequilas, you're getting a fiesta with every visit. It's known for great happy hour deals in addition to Taco Tuesday, when you can snag the stuffed tortillas for $1 each.

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9. Arnaldo Richards' Picos 3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

This authentic spot in the Upper Kirby District celebrates the "7 regions of Mexican cuisine," using each region as inspiration for a selection of dishes. Whether its from the Baijio, the Northern Pacific Coast or the Gulf, each dish is packed full of flavor. With massive 240-seat dining space and elegant hacienda decor, Picos is the solution to stale Tex-Mex franchises. It's the place to be at all hours of the day: chilaquiles with specialty coffee drinks at breakfast, carne asada plates or tacos at lunch and Hildalgo-style lamb shank with signature margaritas a dinner.