First Look at Greatfull Taco

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
The Viola Lee, with fried green tomatoes.
Yes, Paul West is a little eccentric. But looking around his newly opened restaurant, Greatfull Taco, on a sunny Saturday morning, it was evident that any eccentricities were clearly and charmingly manifested in the bright colors, roller-coaster menu and intriguing deep cuts playing from vinyl records on an LP near the counter.

And as I looked around, I started to get a little nervous. Every part of the restaurant screamed "perfect" to me. Too perfect. Flat-screen TVs hung thick from the walls; high-end speakers were installed in the patio's squat stone columns; the dining room's design looked sleekly and professionally done. As if all of the energy and money had been devoted to the decor and ambiance instead of the food.

Over a table of tacos 10 minutes later, that question had been quickly put to rest. These were excellent Texas-style tacos. Greatfull Taco only really had to do one thing right past the high-energy interior -- its much self-touted tacos -- and it's already doing that and more in just the few shorts weeks since it's been open.

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In keeping with the '60s and '70s theme, orders are given musicians' names.
The Viola Lee ($2.50), one of a handful of interesting vegetarian options on the menu (fried eggplant and artichoke with poblano mayo is another), came with fried green tomatoes and serrano mayonnaise under a light slaw of shredded carrots. The battered tomatoes were every bit as tart and tangy as I'd hoped, making a for standout summer taco -- the kicky serrano mayo didn't hurt, either.

And I was surprised by just how much I liked the Red Rooster Jerk ($2.95), which I ordered seemingly at random -- the large menu was a lot to take in at first glance, with 16 regular tacos to choose from. But the crunchy jicama and jalapeño slaw that topped a slightly spicy breast of jerk chicken was unexpectedly delicious, as I can normally take or leave jerk seasoning. The crunchy slaw and hopped-up mango-habanero salso took that chicken to a whole different, delicious place.


Location Info

Greatfull Taco - CLOSED

2411 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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19 comments
Jgbiggs
Jgbiggs

It would be helpful if an address of the establishment was communicated in some way.  We all can google, but it would be nice to include.

Nothing fishy here!
Nothing fishy here!

Dancing Fish is off the hook. They said they may even stay open to 10 starting next month. And I can walk there. Fantastic.

RW
RW

I tried this place today, and I was a little dissapointed. Maybe a little more than a little. Most of their regular (as in non-breakfast) tacos are around $4 per taco, and don't come with sides. And honestly, they were okay, but nothing to write home about. I really didn't like the tortillas all that much. The brisket taco I ordered was pretty decent, but the shrimp taco was really subpar.

Brett
Brett

I've been looking forward to this place since I read the Ponzi scheme article linked to above. And then I saw your tweets about it being open on Saturday. So I went here for lunch yesterday, and thought it was great. I had the brisket taco, which was really good with a nice avacado slice atop. My coworkere said her shrimp taco was delicious as well. Looking forward to more meals here!

Senor Snitz
Senor Snitz

Yip-Pee  another rah rah rah for a friend of katharine> i give this dump 6mos @ the best.

Honorable Martin Van Buren
Honorable Martin Van Buren

Well bless my nippers, a Katharine Shilcutt review that mentions her boyfriend. Yes knowledge of said mass of man gobbling down a taco really makes me yearn for this restaurant and the many others that have boyfriend mentioned. I guess if you got a face that looks like a Dali clock made of gummie peaches with a sasquatch nut hair wig on you gotta brag about locking down a heffalump in a fatty arbuckle costume.

Agaard
Agaard

 What kind of hours are 7am-3pm? Sheesh!

brandius
brandius

Awesome! I dont expect them to be huge or anything, but man, can you imagine a taco being the size of a lime wedge and $3 a pop?  I like them stuffed, but only if its good. Thanks!

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

Question: How were the tortillas used to make the tacos?

brandius
brandius

The tacos look so tiny! The lime wedge looks so huge in comparison. What size are they for real? 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

As with all of our posts, we always include a link to the restaurant's location in the first mention of the restaurant's name.

That is, if you click on "Greatful Taco" in the second line of the post, you'll be taken to a page that lists not only the restaurant's address, but also its phone number, hours, capsule review and even a map to the place itself.

Thanks for reading.

Fredster
Fredster

This is just your ridiculous deduction because nowhere in that article does it state KS is  friends with the guy. Now if you know something, spill it, otherwise shut the fuck up and go troll some other website.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

They're the hours at a brand-new restaurant, which will shortly be extending them to 8 p.m. while they get their sea legs. Jeez.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

They were your standard corn tortillas. Not too mealy, held together very nicely, didn't tear, but were more of a background item - albeit a sturdily built one - than anything else.

Frankel
Frankel

The breakfast tacos are not tiny. The corn tortillas are regular size corn tortillas. There's nothing small about the tacos at this place. They are regular sized portions. They are not burritos but tacos. Rarely do you find and overstuffed or oversized tacos. These are regular tacos with really good ingredients.

That lime is closest to the camera lens giving it a larger appearance in this macro shot. I'm sure the camera was literally an inch away. These tacos are not small and they do not disappoint. 

Guest name
Guest name

Why can't anyone ever make a comment about Katharine without either her or her fans getting pissy? It's an effin food blog with a place for comments for crap's sake.  

Agaard
Agaard

 Sorry, I have comprehension problems; I thought those were the hours forever, or until the protests start. Look forward to trying, and thinking it's got to be more exciting than El Real.

Shill_is_an_Accurate_Name
Shill_is_an_Accurate_Name

It does get very old.  I'm not sure if her self importance or her guard dogs are more annoying, and both do the HP great disservice.  Can you imagine this nonsense if Walsh (or anyone reputable) were critic? 

Hunter
Hunter

 Because virtually every.single.thing. she does, says, or writes elicits vitriol.  It's exhausting.  Bunch of freaking haters who constantly assume the worst. 

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