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Falafel taco? Don't mind if we do
Falafel taco? Don't mind if we do

14 Excellent Houston Tacos You Need To Try Right Now

The city's best tortilla-wrapped treats

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Falafel taco? Don't mind if we do

Houstonians have consistently hailed themselves connoisseurs of the Mexican food game and the staggering amount of options in the taco arena alone can admittedly be overwhelming. In most parts of town, you can't walk (or let’s be honest, drive) a block in any direction without encountering tacos sold via stall, grocery store, taqueria, cart, bodega, or restaurant.

With so many offerings to choose from, it's important to ensure that you check out the best of Houston's taco scene. We’ve scoured through a town of amply stuffed tortillas to bring you everything from the unpretentious $1.50 variety to the more high-brow, talented chef-driven options. Note: this map does not include taco trucks and carts — only restaurants with actual seating.

Is your favorite taco missing from this map? Passionately make your case in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 100% Taquito

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3245 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 665-2900
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100% TFor any lovers of Mexico City, this kitschy eatery near Greenway Plaza is ideal for reminiscing with tacos de tinga, made with spicy brisket stewed in chipotle chili sauce or “tacos de pechuga”, a finely shredded chicken taco both served up on flour tortillas with fresh salsa. For $5, you can get three small tacos that are plenty filling.

2. Chilosos Taco House

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701 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 868-2273
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This affordable Heights taco shop shaves off quivering slices of meat for the barbacoa and chicken tacos, stacked high on house-pressed flour tortillas served with chopped onions and optional dollops of smooth guacamole and fiery salsa. The breakfast tacos are also a must try.

3. Churrascos

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2005 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 527-8300
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A Cordua restaurant, Churrascos is best known for the ability to grill a great piece of meat. But their hidden gem is the taquitas de malanga, or mini tacos stuffed with a moist, spicy pork filling. The tacos’ natural sweetness and bursting flavor is only enhanced with shards of fresh pineapple, tangy crema, and a squirt of lime.

4. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 880-8463
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Though some of the pricier tacos on this list, this unassuming Heights bar offers some unique taco options to pair with your whisky flight. The food truck parked in close proximity will come delivering a Berkshire pork taco punched up with tamarind and charred scallion. Another favorite for vegetarians includes the brussels sprout taco made from sweet caramelized brussel sprouts, crisp veggies in a corn tortilla. Stop in during happy hour for a few bucks off.

5. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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Chef Hugo Ortega kicks up the fish taco a notch with crispy catfish, shredded cabbage and chipotle mayonnaise.You also must try the chapulines wrapped in Hugo's perfect blue corn tortillas, made in house. If you still have room, pair with a “taquito de languisto," or buttery mini lobster taco and acclaimed chili lime margarita.
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6. Laredo Taqueria #4

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311 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 695-0504
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If you're seeking the perfect hangover taco, look no further than this chain taqueria that is best known for its hectic atmosphere, healing bowls of menudo and perfectly greased tacos. Order the spicy chicken tacos served in soft homemade flour tortillas topped with onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, refried beans and deliciously hot green sauce. Keep a glass of lemonade nearby to guzzle.

7. Picos Restaurant

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3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 831-9940
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Third generation restauranteur Arnaldo Richards takes his Monterrey background and churns out some fantastic tacos in this Upper Kirby restaurant. A fan favorite includes the tacos de cochinita pibil made with marinated slow-roasted pork topped with pickled red onions. House made fresh salsa, and traditional bean and rice round out this perfectly balanced taste of Mexico.

8. Tacos A Go-Go

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2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-8226
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For a mere $2.79, you can get one of the most underrated tacos in Houston -- the pollo guisado. Small, from-scratch tortillas puff up on the grill like blowfish easing down before they’re piled with superbly juicy shredded chicken flavored in a stew of chunky garlic, tomato, herbs and peppers.

9. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
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Ask any Houstonian where they take their out of town guests when they ask for Mexican food and the Original Ninfa’s is always a top contender. Alongside that creamy avocado green sauce, the revered fajita platter and those tangy margaritas, the “tacos al carbon” reigns supreme. Unfolding the soft homemade flour tortillas will reveal a mound of tender marinated beef that will taste as if these tacos were made from the hands of Mama Ninfa herself. Also a top contender are the octopus tacos, pictured.

10. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

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601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-3550
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A gringo’s take if there ever was one, the hot chicken taco at Lee’s is definitely worth a try. A strip of Lee’s H-Town hot chicken is tucked inside a flour tortilla alongside a generous scoop of cole slaw and a drizzle of honey. Best of all, this taco is served in a cone, which means that you won’t end up with hot sauce on your shirt.

11. Xochi

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1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 521-2239
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Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest eatery is already earning praise from Houstonians, and the lunch menu’s cabrito taco is a must-try. A hunk of braised goat is paired with bright salsa verde and a dab of avocado puree, then tucked into one of Hugo’s famous blue corn tortillas. Pair it with another appetizer on the menu for an inexpensive (yet fancy) lunch at just $22.

12. Fusion Taco

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801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 422-2882
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Now open in the Heights, Fusion Taco brings its unique tortilla-wrapped treats to a whole new neighborhood. Try the Gulf oyster taco, or perhaps something inventive, like lamb keema or crispy tofu tossed in peanut sauce.

13. North Shore Poke Co.

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11195 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
Poke is arguably Houston’s trendiest dish, and this new-to-Texas eatery serves an iteration that doesn’t have to be eaten in a bowl. Here, spicy mayo sauced salmon or ahi tuna are tucked into corn tortillas, then topped with cabbage for a little necessary crunch.

14. Liberty Taco

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4703 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 239-0881
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This spanking-new Houston spot serves up a dizzying array of tacos influenced by cuisines from all over the world. Try the Korean-inspired kogi beef with kimchi mayo and Napa cabbage, or keep things a little more traditional with barbacoa or smoked brisket. Pro-tip: Liberty Taco opens its doors at 7 a.m., just in case the taco craving strikes early.

1. 100% Taquito

3245 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
100% TFor any lovers of Mexico City, this kitschy eatery near Greenway Plaza is ideal for reminiscing with tacos de tinga, made with spicy brisket stewed in chipotle chili sauce or “tacos de pechuga”, a finely shredded chicken taco both served up on flour tortillas with fresh salsa. For $5, you can get three small tacos that are plenty filling.
3245 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

2. Chilosos Taco House

701 E 20th St, Houston, TX 77008
This affordable Heights taco shop shaves off quivering slices of meat for the barbacoa and chicken tacos, stacked high on house-pressed flour tortillas served with chopped onions and optional dollops of smooth guacamole and fiery salsa. The breakfast tacos are also a must try.
701 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. Churrascos

2005 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
A Cordua restaurant, Churrascos is best known for the ability to grill a great piece of meat. But their hidden gem is the taquitas de malanga, or mini tacos stuffed with a moist, spicy pork filling. The tacos’ natural sweetness and bursting flavor is only enhanced with shards of fresh pineapple, tangy crema, and a squirt of lime.
2005 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

4. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008
Though some of the pricier tacos on this list, this unassuming Heights bar offers some unique taco options to pair with your whisky flight. The food truck parked in close proximity will come delivering a Berkshire pork taco punched up with tamarind and charred scallion. Another favorite for vegetarians includes the brussels sprout taco made from sweet caramelized brussel sprouts, crisp veggies in a corn tortilla. Stop in during happy hour for a few bucks off.
1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

5. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
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Chef Hugo Ortega kicks up the fish taco a notch with crispy catfish, shredded cabbage and chipotle mayonnaise.You also must try the chapulines wrapped in Hugo's perfect blue corn tortillas, made in house. If you still have room, pair with a “taquito de languisto," or buttery mini lobster taco and acclaimed chili lime margarita.
1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. Laredo Taqueria #4

311 Patton St, Houston, TX 77009
If you're seeking the perfect hangover taco, look no further than this chain taqueria that is best known for its hectic atmosphere, healing bowls of menudo and perfectly greased tacos. Order the spicy chicken tacos served in soft homemade flour tortillas topped with onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, refried beans and deliciously hot green sauce. Keep a glass of lemonade nearby to guzzle.
311 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009

7. Picos Restaurant

3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Third generation restauranteur Arnaldo Richards takes his Monterrey background and churns out some fantastic tacos in this Upper Kirby restaurant. A fan favorite includes the tacos de cochinita pibil made with marinated slow-roasted pork topped with pickled red onions. House made fresh salsa, and traditional bean and rice round out this perfectly balanced taste of Mexico.
3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

8. Tacos A Go-Go

2912 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
For a mere $2.79, you can get one of the most underrated tacos in Houston -- the pollo guisado. Small, from-scratch tortillas puff up on the grill like blowfish easing down before they’re piled with superbly juicy shredded chicken flavored in a stew of chunky garlic, tomato, herbs and peppers.
2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

9. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
Ask any Houstonian where they take their out of town guests when they ask for Mexican food and the Original Ninfa’s is always a top contender. Alongside that creamy avocado green sauce, the revered fajita platter and those tangy margaritas, the “tacos al carbon” reigns supreme. Unfolding the soft homemade flour tortillas will reveal a mound of tender marinated beef that will taste as if these tacos were made from the hands of Mama Ninfa herself. Also a top contender are the octopus tacos, pictured.
2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

10. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
A gringo’s take if there ever was one, the hot chicken taco at Lee’s is definitely worth a try. A strip of Lee’s H-Town hot chicken is tucked inside a flour tortilla alongside a generous scoop of cole slaw and a drizzle of honey. Best of all, this taco is served in a cone, which means that you won’t end up with hot sauce on your shirt.
601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

11. Xochi

1777 Walker St Ste A, Houston, TX 77010
Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest eatery is already earning praise from Houstonians, and the lunch menu’s cabrito taco is a must-try. A hunk of braised goat is paired with bright salsa verde and a dab of avocado puree, then tucked into one of Hugo’s famous blue corn tortillas. Pair it with another appetizer on the menu for an inexpensive (yet fancy) lunch at just $22.
1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX 77010

12. Fusion Taco

801 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002
Now open in the Heights, Fusion Taco brings its unique tortilla-wrapped treats to a whole new neighborhood. Try the Gulf oyster taco, or perhaps something inventive, like lamb keema or crispy tofu tossed in peanut sauce.
801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002

13. North Shore Poke Co.

11195 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Poke is arguably Houston’s trendiest dish, and this new-to-Texas eatery serves an iteration that doesn’t have to be eaten in a bowl. Here, spicy mayo sauced salmon or ahi tuna are tucked into corn tortillas, then topped with cabbage for a little necessary crunch.
11195 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

14. Liberty Taco

4703 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027
This spanking-new Houston spot serves up a dizzying array of tacos influenced by cuisines from all over the world. Try the Korean-inspired kogi beef with kimchi mayo and Napa cabbage, or keep things a little more traditional with barbacoa or smoked brisket. Pro-tip: Liberty Taco opens its doors at 7 a.m., just in case the taco craving strikes early.
4703 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

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