The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 "Classic" Food Trucks

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Houston's classic food trucks offer more than just tacos, such as the arepas found at Sabor Venezolano.
What differentiates a "classic" food truck from those on last week's list of Houston's Top 10 "Fancy" Food Trucks?

For starters, a classic food truck has been around for at least a few years prior to the gourmet food truck craze -- if not a decade longer. Classic food trucks are usually found at their same spot every single day, decamping only to visit the commissary and then quickly reclaiming their time-worn location in the parking lot of a car wash, a grocery store or an auto repair place.

And, as inveterate taco truck blogger Jay Rascoe of Guns & Tacos put it in a 2011 guide to Houston's best taco trucks: "The true taco truck, the humble servant of the diverse world of mobile cuisine, does not tout self-congratulatory and misleading terms such as 'gourmet' or 'chef-driven.'"

Without further ado, here are our 10 favorite classic trucks -- not just taco trucks -- in Houston:

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10. El Norteño
Pech and Hillendahl

There are few simple pleasure in life more intense or rewarding than a perfectly roasted chicken, its skin caramelized to a savory crisp. If roasted correctly, the chicken's buttery fat will infuse the flesh with a savory sweetness that's far better than any added herbs, garlic or other marinades. Such is the case at the bright blue El Norteño trucks that line Long Point from Gessner up to Wirt. My favorite is in the parking lot of the flea market that sits between Pech and Hillendahl. A whole roasted chicken will easily feed four people and comes with a whole roasted onion, roasted jalapeños, peppy salsa and plenty of corn tortillas, all for less than $15.

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9. Taqueria Tariacuri
Harwin and Fondren

Chili Bob's Houston Eats first turned me on to this food truck, which shares a parking lot with famous knockoff-avenue Harwin's answer to Gallery Furniture: Galaly Furniture. No kidding. The tacos at Taqueria Tariacuri are only average, but you're coming here for a pambazo -- the Mexican sandwich that blows tortas and cemitas out of the water. As with the tortillas at Taco Keto below, the pambazo bread is dipped into ruddy guajillo sauce before it's griddled alongside (and sometimes on top of) the roughly diced fajita beef that goes inside. The result is a hot sandwich with typical torta fillings -- refried beans, lettuce, crema, tomatoes and crumbly, salty cheese -- sandwiched between buns that are barely crispy, buttery and rich with the flavor of roasted guajillo chiles.

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8. Antojitos Hondureños
7171 Fondren near Croton

It's tough to miss this bright blue-and-white setup on Fondren just off the Southwest Freeway, which is one of the most welcoming food trucks on this list -- even if it's stationed in the parking lot of an abandoned Grandy's. Antojitos Hondureños has two locations, although I've only ever been to its Sharpstown spot (the other is at 9713 Airline). As the name would suggest, the truck specializes in Honduran snacks and "appetizers," like the folded-over baleadas that are neither taco nor gordita nor anything else, but something wholly Honduran: refried beans, crema, salty cheese and your choice of meat inside a thick, soft flour tortilla. There are plenty of other great Honduran dishes on the menu here to choose from, but the baleadas are my favorite outside of Honduras Mayan in Bellaire.

Location Info

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1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tandoori Nite

7821 Highway 6 S, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria Tacambaro

2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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11200 S. Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
Aggie_Kelli
Aggie_Kelli

Didn't we see this article last week?

JS124
JS124

I agree with Jose- Taqueria Taconazo (Fulton and Irene) is really good.I like their quesadillas or for $10 get a meat w/cheese they give you a lot of meat. El Norteno is just around the corner great food. Tacambaro is so good, I would take as much red sauce as I could sauce for days :D.

Jose Larralde
Jose Larralde

No Taqueria Taconazo Veracruz near Moody Park off Fulton?

Robish
Robish

El Ultimo IS awesome, but I've got to ask:  What is "defty" as in, "defty, sauteed onions?"

Lewis Randall
Lewis Randall

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john1934
john1934

Ultimo is awesome. Lengua is as good as taco as tacambaro's sweetbread taco. Breakfast taco's are great as well. Pretty good barbacoa.

Jeff Lyons
Jeff Lyons

I'm blocked as well...can someone tell me if Taco Keto is on the list?

Michael Selewach
Michael Selewach

fyi - Google Chrome is blocking me and saying that the blog site is hosting Malware.

Craigley
Craigley

Thanks for running this.  These are the real deal.  Bearded hipsters with a food truck  and a couple of menu items need to go the way of the dodo.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Aggie_Kelli Some folks did. Our site was down for four days and only reachable via Internet Explorer, so we decided to repost this one for our friends who use Firefox or Chrome and may have missed it the first time around.

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