Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Breakfast Tacos (and One Burrito)

Categories: Best of Houston

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Photo by Robb Walsh
These hot tacos come from our No. 7 pick.
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced awhile back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon appétit!

Chicago has deep-dish pizza. Philadelphia has cheesesteak. Boston has baked beans. New York has coneys and slices and all sorts of other goodies. Kansas City has barbecue. So does Memphis. And Lockhart.

And Houston has...well...burgers? No. Brisket? Not exclusively? Fajitas? Yes, but they're so universal now...

Wait. BREAKFAST TACOS.

If there's one food that Houston does better than anywhere else (sorry, Austin), it's the breakfast taco. We are wild about dem eggs and meat in a tortilla first thing in the morning. In any neighborhood and -- thankfully -- just about any time of day, you can get yourself a fine breakfast taco, often with atomically hot homemade salsa to go with it.

Who needs deep-dish pizza or coneys? We have breakfast tacos, baby, and we're damn proud of it.

Here are the best of the best in town.

Honorable Burrito Mention: Taco Nuts
This funky food truck isn't usually open for breakfast, but there's a burrito on the menu that lends itself perfectly to the most important meal of the day: The "Legend of the Olmecs." Yeah, the name means nothing. Here's what's in it: French fries, two fried eggs, Fritos, your choice of pork, beef or chicken and all of Taco Nuts's salsas combined. It's wrapped in a 15-inch tortilla that miraculously holds all that great stuff without becoming soggy. Rather than being called breakfast, though, it should probably just be called "meal." You won't be hungry the rest of the day.

10. Taco Palenque
Taco Palenque has a drive-through and locations all over Texas, but it's hardly in the same realm as a typical fast-food chain restaurant. Unlike some Tex-Mex fast-food joints (coughTacoBellcough), Taco Palenque makes all its tortillas fresh in-house, and the brightly colored homemade salsas fill up a bar in the center of the restaurant, perfect for milling about and tasting while you wait for your order. Oh, and did we mention the breakfast tacos are huge? HUGE.

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Location Info

Taco Nuts

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Rey Taqueria

910 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Laredo Taqueria

311 Patton St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos A Go-Go

3704 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Ultimo Taco Truck

SW Corner of Long Point and Antoine Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Chiloso's Taco House

701 E. 20th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria La Macro

1822 N. Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brothers Taco House

1604 Dowling, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Tierra Caliente

1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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65 comments
Britny Salguero
Britny Salguero

Villa Arcos should've been in the top 5 of this list!!! Why is it not on the list?????

Brittany Graham
Brittany Graham

Christopher Graham weren't you just talking about breakfast tacos lol

Natalie-Crystal Arismendez
Natalie-Crystal Arismendez

Brothers tacos is not better than Laredos tacos and El Rey is disgusting shouldn't even be near this list

DorothyMantooth
DorothyMantooth

Absence of Villa Arcos -- coupled with the inclusion of limited El Rey and bland Chilosos -- means this list has zero credibility. Would take Taco Cabana over those two.

Christina Martinez
Christina Martinez

Porras on the corner of Market & Kress should've made the list, love their egg, potato and cheese tacos! Fresh hot homemade tortillas and the tacos are huge!

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

On the positive side, thanks for turning me on to La Macro, their chorizo is chunky and meaty unlike so many that mix it in with the eggs.

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

This list is sorely missing Villa Arcos (super bacon) and Sunrise. Also missing Fiesta Tacos on 34th and Gallo de Jalisco.

Laredo Is THE most overrated bfast taco in town. Soggy shit.

chris luder
chris luder

Tierra Caliente always on top, best tacos in Houston. Taco Nuts is great too.

Fermin Martin
Fermin Martin

David Rodriguez this is a bull crap list obviously the person that came up with this list has never had a Bacon Super Taco from Villa Arcos

Hector Ayala
Hector Ayala

Sorry have to disagree....Sunrise Taquitos on Memorial is way better than Laredos....no steam table remade eggs here. Everything fresh and made to order. Also, Andy's Home Cafe on 11th St. Has som killer breakfast burritos! I had heard all the hype about the no. 1 choice, Tacos Tierra Caliente, and tried them.....awful tacos...the barbacoa taco was nasty! You get what you pay for-no, actually less!

Anse
Anse

I've had some really, really mediocre food at El Rey lately. I'm a fan of the place but sometimes it seems like they aren't even trying.

Victor Vega
Victor Vega

Where is Villa Arcos? Need to try it out.

bengali
bengali

Yum, I noticed Robb Walsh's food picture! Is he still in the restaurant business? Or in Houston? Hadn't seen his name forever.

Branden James Meekes
Branden James Meekes

No villa arcos? Y'all trippin. Or are they gonna be on your best of the rest from the best of the rest list?

David Rangel Jr
David Rangel Jr

Tried them all, these places are ok. Villa Arcos is probably the best. Nothing beats tacos from San Antonio.

Andrew Sanchez
Andrew Sanchez

Villa Arcos is #1 and its not even on the list. Sad.

Doryn Hix
Doryn Hix

Brothers tacos needs to be #1

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Taco Palenque, get the Bean/Cheese/Bacon!

krissybolt
krissybolt

FYI, correction for Tierra Caliente - after reading this, the boyfriend and I decided to go try them out.  we've gone by probably 4 times since living in Houston to try to get them in the morning, and for some reason, they've always been closed.  Anyway, we got lucky this morning!  Just wanted to note, the choices are ham and egg, chorizo and egg, or potato and egg.  No bacon.  But OMG are they amazing!  Thanks for the great suggestion!

thequesoqueen
thequesoqueen

El Gallo de Jalisco (just two years ago named top 10 restaurant in the Heights by this very blog) has amazing breakfast tacos, which would give an OFBD to some of the tacos on this list. 

Rudy Torres
Rudy Torres

Hello Taco Bell didn't make the list!?

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@krissybolt That's weird, cause I went again recently to check it out, and there weren't any options. It was just eggs with chorizo, ham and bacon. No mix and match. I asked, and the woman in the truck said it's pretty much one size fits all. Maybe they were feeling generous today!

martinidry
martinidry

@KaitlinS @bengali

I love HOUSTON magazine and Peter Remington remains my favorite $ucces$ guru of all time, so I'm glad Robb landed comfortably! Thanks for the tip!!

krissybolt
krissybolt

@KaitlinS @krissybolt Crazy!  Today on the board it said eggs, then had a bracket and on the other side of the bracket listed chorizo, ham, potato.  The article you linked to from February has the author getting a chorizo and a potato, too.  I wonder if they just switch it up occasionally to mess with people?  ;)  Regardless, I'll be back!  Those were ridiculously good.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@krissybolt @KaitlinS That's so funny. I know that sometimes they do switch it up, but I guess I've always been on a non-flexible day. Oh well. It's good regardless!

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