Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Breakfast Tacos (and One Burrito)
3. Taqueria La Macro
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Taqueria La Macro is much more than just great trompo.
This cute, modern taqueria just north of downtown takes call-in and to-go orders for its breakfast tacos, but that's not the only reason we love La Macro. Owner Saul Obregon is always present with a warm smile, his staff ready to dish out heaps of chorizo (or potato if you're vegetarian) and eggs into hot, fluffy flour tortillas that never get gummy or tough. The tortillas are made fresh every day, and unlike many places that pre-mix eggs and proteins, Taqueria La Macro prepares each order as it comes in, cooking the chorizo and scrambling the eggs before your eyes. And those house-made green and red salsas don't mess around; they'll wake you up more than any cup of coffee could ever hope to.
2. Brothers Taco House
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Efficiency is the name of the game at popular Brothers Taco House.
If you want breakfast tacos in a hurry, Brothers Taco House, a modest but brightly colored restaurant on Dowling, is your best bet. Early in the morning, there's often a line, but it moves fast because all the egg, meat and veggie mixtures are already prepared and sitting in chafing dishes, ready to be spooned out into fresh, fluffy flour tortillas. Monday was Brothers Taco House's 11th anniversary, and when you try the tacos, it's not hard to understand how it has achieved longevity in a fickle business. From the simple chorizo and egg to the more adventuresome lengua or chicharrón (yes, both breakfast offerings), you can't go wrong with a large taco and a side of citrusy green salsa.
1. Tacos Tierra Caliente
Photo by Nicholas Hall Though they be but little, they are fierce at Tacos Tierra Caliente.
These are the cheapest breakfast tacos in town, and also the best. For only $1 (no tax), you get a thick, fluffy flour tortilla packed with the only option Tacos Tierra Caliente provides: Eggs, bacon, ham and chorizo. No mixing and matching. What they make is what you get, and what they make at this unassuming but wildly popular taco truck across the street from West Alabama Ice House has become the stuff of legend in Houston. The breakfast tacos, served until 11:30 a.m., have a slight griddle flavor from the meat and eggs that are cooked to well done somewhere in the dark recesses of the truck. That toasty-ness is what many love about the tacos, though. That, and the numbingly spicy green and red salsas that seem prepared specifically to express Tacos Tierra Caliente's morning goal: Are you awake yet? Now you are!
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