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

Categories: Best of Houston

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Taqueria La Macro is much more than just great trompo.
3. Taqueria La Macro
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.

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Efficiency is the name of the game at popular Brothers Taco House.
2. 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.

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Though they be but little, they are fierce at Tacos Tierra Caliente.
1. 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!


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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