Breakfast Tacos at Villa Arcos

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These tacos taste approximately 4.5 billion times better than they photograph.
Look, I am an Upstate New Yorker who moved to Houston via Fairbanks, Alaska, so I'm not going to shine you on like I'm some world-renowned expert on what a breakfast taco is "supposed" to be, okay? But a few weeks ago, after a rigorous 6 a.m. hot yoga class, my yoga buddy Janet suggested we grab some breakfast tacos at a place one of her co-workers had told her about. "It's over near Ninfa's on Navigation," Janet said, "and my friend said they have the best breakfast tacos in Houston." And then I was all, "Um, okay. I like breakfast, and I like tacos--count me in." We punched the words "Villa Arcos" into our phones and hit the road.

We weren't even inside the small, red house that Villa Arcos calls home when I knew this was going to be an amazing food experience. We arrived around 7:30 a.m., and there was a steady stream of truck drivers grabbing breakfast to go. I worked at a Dunkin' Donuts on the NYS Thruway for a couple of years, and it was always the truck drivers who would steer me to the best food spots in any town. Suffice it to say, I was jumping up and down as we waited in line for our food.

I ordered an egg-and-cheese and a bean-and-cheese taco ($1.70 each), and my friend ordered the chorizo, egg, potato, bean and cheese (super) taco ($3.10); we each added a coffee to our order, bringing us both to $5 and some change, plus tip. They make the tortillas and tacos to order, but we only waited a few minutes before our names were called and we got to dig into our food.

What can I write that will convince you to go to this place? Or maybe you already have--lucky you! The tortillas are like nothing I've ever had before, and I want to wrap all of the food that I eat in them from now on--maybe even sushi. They are soft and warm, and substantial enough to hold the taco innards in. You can't really mess up cheese-and-eggs or cheese-and-beans, although my first egg-and-cheese taco was just slightly more salty than the bean taco.

But this was the first of several visits, and on those I didn't find saltiness to be an issue, so it's possible that I simply overloaded my first egg-and-cheese taco with the spicy green hot sauce they serve on the side.

I did experiment, later, with the "Super" tacos, and while they are delicious, I've decided that I prefer to order two of the basic tacos rather than one super taco.

A quick note for first-timers: Villa Arcos is closed on Mondays, and open 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays. It's cash-only, and while there is seating indoors and out, there is no air-conditioning.

Check out our own Katharine Shilcutt's Top 10 East End Favorites, where she shares her thoughts on Villa Arcos and more.



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Villa Arcos Taquitos

3009 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX

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csoakley
csoakley

¡ZOMG! ¡Villa Arcos tacos are El Besto! My top 3: Villa Burrito, Bacon and Bean, Pork Sausage and Bean. Keep your potatoes out of my taco! I know these are breakfast tacos but no eggs are needed here; keep it simple and delicioso. I tried the chorizo and bean but I went back to the pork sausage and bean. It crumbles nicely and spreads out into a fantastic flavor landscape. Throw some green sauce on that bad boy for one of the best tacos in Houston!

Hasay
Hasay

Huh? A review of Villa Arcos and no mention of their Super Bacon taco?! No other bacon b-taco in town like that one...

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Haven't gotten to it yet!

itsdanilove
itsdanilove

DO IT.  Their bacon is so thick--it's not like anything else I've ever encountered.

Potato and cheese is my personal favorite combo, BTW.  BF & I often order 2 tacos on the weekends for "breakfast" and won't eat again until dinner.

ShitThowingMonkey
ShitThowingMonkey

Cash only is brutal - I have not met a taco that inspires the need to carry cash or to relinquish any spare cash I might have - But these tacos are damned tasty.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Just for the record, we had some friends in town and we brought them out to eat all over the place, including Villa Arcos. After 4 days of boozing and eating and Houston-ing, they declared the tacos at Villa Arcos the best meal of the trip.

John Kiely
John Kiely

Brilliant.  The truck driver diesel search engine is superior to yelp.

ostiones
ostiones

I'd love to go where the truck drivers that deliver to my workplace go.  Fat guys with swaztikas tatooed on their arms and back of the head must know all the good places.

John Kiely
John Kiely

Mmm-hmm, that's why they're fat.

ostiones
ostiones

Mmmm-hmm, giiiiirl, thats what the fat chicks in the warehouse say, they like to feed on sugar.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"​Look, I am an Upstate New Yorker who moved to Houston via Fairbanks, Alaska, so I'm not going to shine you on like I'm some world-renowned expert on what a breakfast taco is "supposed" to be, okay?"

This had me giggling at my desk. I'm going to co-opt that phrase, "shine you on." Okay?  :D

Sarah Gabbart
Sarah Gabbart

Me too! Resolving to use the phrase "shine you on" in a conversation today to try it out... 

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Absolutely! It's one of my favorites. :)

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

I lived in Valdez, AK with wrestling tournaments in Tanana, and I still DAMN well know I know good breakfast tacos!!!

(That might've been a lil macho man tribute in that post..)

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

That came out snarkier than intended. I should have used an emoticon. *Just Jokes! Smiley Face!* I just meant that we're damned if we try to define something, and we're damned if we admit that we don't know enough to define something. But my comment stands, the only kind of tacos AK can define are of the fish variety.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Congrats! As usual, you know more than the writers. I don't know about anyone else but I certainly bow to your continued superiority. xo

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