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11 Houston Tacos You Didn't Know You Needed in Your Life Until Now

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Sure, you can go on practically any street corner in Houston to find a taco truck serving up the best inexpensive taco. But sometimes you want a little something extra to subsidize tortilla wrapped meats topped with cilantro and onions. For a change of pace, venture out to the following Houston's establishments to get your elaborate filling kick on a tortilla.

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1. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Gusanos
For an authentic Mexican taco, order this tortilla wrapped crunchy surprise at James Beard Award nominated chef Hugo Ortega's Galleria abode. Mingling with crisp onions and fresh cilantro are dried maguey worms sautéed to perfection. Dress it up with housemade guacamole and salsa verde served on the side.

Cost: $7

(Photo: Debra Smail)

2. Fat Bao

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3419 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 677-0341
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Bulgogi Tacos
Located in an unassuming strip center, this Upper Kirby fusion restaurant serves up one of the finest filled steamed buns in the city. Surprisingly, their non-traditional take on tacos is just as stellar too. Served three to a plate, Fat Bao's flavor-packed bulgogi taco satisfies the need for a little crunch. Substituting tortillas for a fried gyoza shell, tacos are piled high with thinly sliced marinated beef ribeye, Asian slaw, generous helpings of kimchi and green onions. Kick up the spice level with jalapeno mayo served on the side.

Cost: $7

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)

3. Fusion Taco

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801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 422-2882
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Certified Angus Steak
Fusion Taco went from food truck to more permanent digs in Downtown in 2013, keeping its concept pretty much the same: globally-infused street tacos. Combining ingredients primarily from India and a host of Asian countries, each of these unique tacos stand on their own including the certified Angus steak. Perhaps one of the less intimidating offerings with flavors close to home, this taco comes wrapped with black beans, grilled onions and ginger chipotle barbecue sauce. Topping it all of is a heap of vibrant-colored red cabbage slaw.

Cost: 3.98

(Photo: Barry T./Yelp)

4. Cousins Maine Lobster

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Moving Target! (Greater Houston Area)
Houston, TX
Lobster Tacos
After growing its fleet of Los Angeles-based food trucks with assistance from ABC’s “Shark Tank”, cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac's lobster-obsessed truck has rolled into Houston. Lobster rolls are the truck's specialties, with crowds known to stand in line for an hour at the chance to devour the Maine delicacy, but don't skip out on the lobster tacos. Wrapped in locally-sourced flour tortillas, fairly large chunks of lobster meat are lightly dressed in a cilantro lime sauce, then topped with shredded cabbage and mild pico de gallo. Cousins Maine Lobster's schedule is usually updated on its website but for realtime up-to-date locations, follow the truck on Facebook.

Cost: $11.50

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)

5. Radical Eats

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507 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 697-8719
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Banh Mi Taco
Frequented by vegans and vegetarians, this Montrose eatery caters to gluten-free diets too. Among the many healthy Tex-Mex and Mexican offerings available is the Vietnamese-inspired taco. Drawing inspiration from the banh mi sandwich, tortillas are filled with lemongrass tofu and a mix of sprouts, with a drizzle of vegannaise and soy sauce. The dish is complemented by a hearty serving of rice and beans.

Cost: $13

(Photo: Ellen C./Yelp)

6. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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One of the city’s finest barbacoa purveyors, Hugo Ortega's eponymous charming spot in Montrose serves a dish that's worth every penny. Marinated in chiles, onion, garlic and avocado leaves, the lamb is then slow-roasted in agave skin, resulting in an immensely tender meat. Chopped onions and cilantro are served alongside with fresh tortillas.

Cost: $25

(Photo: Hugo's/Facebook)

7. Torchy's Tacos

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2411 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 595-8226
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Brushfire Taco
Austin's undisputed taco king is beloved by many and so is its signature fried chicken taco, the Trailer Park. But for those who want to take a walk on the wild side, go for the fiery Brushfire Taco. Packing a wallop of heat from the Jamaican jerk chicken and grilled jalapeños, mangoes are added for a little sweetness. A hint of sour cream won't do much to tame the fire from this flour tortilla wrapped dish, so be sure to order enough beer or water to cool off afterwards. Want to take the heat level up a notch? Diablo hot sauce complements the meal. Add it if you dare.

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)

8. Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex

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10455 Briar Forest Dr Ste 150
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 784-4600
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The Tex-Mex offshoot of Italian restaurant Palazzo's brings forth its take on modern Tex-Mex. Serving the usual Tex-Mex fare but with its own spin, the west Houston eatery is serving a meatless dish that's every bit as filling as its beef and chicken counterparts. Zucchini and squash are sauteed and then stuffed into a corn tortilla along with tomatoes and onions. With a sprinkling of cotija and cilantro on top, this taco may be your go-to each and every time.

Cost: $10.95

(Photo: Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex/Facebook)

9. The Hay Merchant

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1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-9805
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Half a Pig's Head
One of the newer additions to Montrose's craft beer emporium is this dish from James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd. Served family-style in an iron cast skillet, is a roasted pig head, split down the middle. Tortillas accompany this massive dish for the sole purpose of building tacos. Lettuce cups, kimchi salsa and pickled vegetables are served alongside for a filling meal.

Cost: $45, serves 4 to 6 people.

(Photo: Julie Soefer)

10. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1171
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Tacos al Carbon
Ninfa's may be best known for its fajitas, but the tacos al carbon are also one of the restaurant's main staples. This classic dish is simple in its ingredients, complex in taste and is just plain good. Marinated fajita meat is stuffed into a housemade flour tortilla with pico de gallo, freshly sliced lime and lemon alongside. Not that the dish needs more help but fresh guacamole and chile con queso accompanying the dish is a great addition, as are the beans.

Cost: $9.99 (one taco); $15.99 (two tacos)

11. Ruggles Black

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3939 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 530-4493
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Paleo Tandoori Lamb Taco
For something a little less traditional, head to this Upper Kirby hideaway for the lamb taco. One of several street food offerings on the paleo-friendly menu, the taco is served on a housemade tortilla piled with tandoori spiced lamb, red onions and chopped cucumbers. Dressed with raita, a South Asian yogurt condiment, the taco is completed with a generous sprinkling of fresh cilantro. While it's delicious, the downside is that you're only served one.

Cost: $10

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)

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1. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
Gusanos
For an authentic Mexican taco, order this tortilla wrapped crunchy surprise at James Beard Award nominated chef Hugo Ortega's Galleria abode. Mingling with crisp onions and fresh cilantro are dried maguey worms sautéed to perfection. Dress it up with housemade guacamole and salsa verde served on the side.

Cost: $7

(Photo: Debra Smail)
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

2. Fat Bao

3419 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Bulgogi Tacos
Located in an unassuming strip center, this Upper Kirby fusion restaurant serves up one of the finest filled steamed buns in the city. Surprisingly, their non-traditional take on tacos is just as stellar too. Served three to a plate, Fat Bao's flavor-packed bulgogi taco satisfies the need for a little crunch. Substituting tortillas for a fried gyoza shell, tacos are piled high with thinly sliced marinated beef ribeye, Asian slaw, generous helpings of kimchi and green onions. Kick up the spice level with jalapeno mayo served on the side.

Cost: $7

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)
3419 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

3. Fusion Taco

801 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002
Certified Angus Steak
Fusion Taco went from food truck to more permanent digs in Downtown in 2013, keeping its concept pretty much the same: globally-infused street tacos. Combining ingredients primarily from India and a host of Asian countries, each of these unique tacos stand on their own including the certified Angus steak. Perhaps one of the less intimidating offerings with flavors close to home, this taco comes wrapped with black beans, grilled onions and ginger chipotle barbecue sauce. Topping it all of is a heap of vibrant-colored red cabbage slaw.

Cost: 3.98

(Photo: Barry T./Yelp)
801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002

4. Cousins Maine Lobster

Moving Target! (Greater Houston Area), Houston, TX
Lobster Tacos
After growing its fleet of Los Angeles-based food trucks with assistance from ABC’s “Shark Tank”, cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac's lobster-obsessed truck has rolled into Houston. Lobster rolls are the truck's specialties, with crowds known to stand in line for an hour at the chance to devour the Maine delicacy, but don't skip out on the lobster tacos. Wrapped in locally-sourced flour tortillas, fairly large chunks of lobster meat are lightly dressed in a cilantro lime sauce, then topped with shredded cabbage and mild pico de gallo. Cousins Maine Lobster's schedule is usually updated on its website but for realtime up-to-date locations, follow the truck on Facebook.

Cost: $11.50

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)
Moving Target! (Greater Houston Area)
Houston, TX

5. Radical Eats

507 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Banh Mi Taco
Frequented by vegans and vegetarians, this Montrose eatery caters to gluten-free diets too. Among the many healthy Tex-Mex and Mexican offerings available is the Vietnamese-inspired taco. Drawing inspiration from the banh mi sandwich, tortillas are filled with lemongrass tofu and a mix of sprouts, with a drizzle of vegannaise and soy sauce. The dish is complemented by a hearty serving of rice and beans.

Cost: $13

(Photo: Ellen C./Yelp)
507 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
One of the city’s finest barbacoa purveyors, Hugo Ortega's eponymous charming spot in Montrose serves a dish that's worth every penny. Marinated in chiles, onion, garlic and avocado leaves, the lamb is then slow-roasted in agave skin, resulting in an immensely tender meat. Chopped onions and cilantro are served alongside with fresh tortillas.

Cost: $25

(Photo: Hugo's/Facebook)
1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

7. Torchy's Tacos

2411 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
Brushfire Taco
Austin's undisputed taco king is beloved by many and so is its signature fried chicken taco, the Trailer Park. But for those who want to take a walk on the wild side, go for the fiery Brushfire Taco. Packing a wallop of heat from the Jamaican jerk chicken and grilled jalapeños, mangoes are added for a little sweetness. A hint of sour cream won't do much to tame the fire from this flour tortilla wrapped dish, so be sure to order enough beer or water to cool off afterwards. Want to take the heat level up a notch? Diablo hot sauce complements the meal. Add it if you dare.

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)
2411 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

8. Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex

10455 Briar Forest Dr Ste 150, Houston, TX 77042
The Tex-Mex offshoot of Italian restaurant Palazzo's brings forth its take on modern Tex-Mex. Serving the usual Tex-Mex fare but with its own spin, the west Houston eatery is serving a meatless dish that's every bit as filling as its beef and chicken counterparts. Zucchini and squash are sauteed and then stuffed into a corn tortilla along with tomatoes and onions. With a sprinkling of cotija and cilantro on top, this taco may be your go-to each and every time.

Cost: $10.95

(Photo: Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex/Facebook)
10455 Briar Forest Dr Ste 150
Houston, TX 77042

9. The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Half a Pig's Head
One of the newer additions to Montrose's craft beer emporium is this dish from James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd. Served family-style in an iron cast skillet, is a roasted pig head, split down the middle. Tortillas accompany this massive dish for the sole purpose of building tacos. Lettuce cups, kimchi salsa and pickled vegetables are served alongside for a filling meal.

Cost: $45, serves 4 to 6 people.

(Photo: Julie Soefer)
1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

10. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
Tacos al Carbon
Ninfa's may be best known for its fajitas, but the tacos al carbon are also one of the restaurant's main staples. This classic dish is simple in its ingredients, complex in taste and is just plain good. Marinated fajita meat is stuffed into a housemade flour tortilla with pico de gallo, freshly sliced lime and lemon alongside. Not that the dish needs more help but fresh guacamole and chile con queso accompanying the dish is a great addition, as are the beans.

Cost: $9.99 (one taco); $15.99 (two tacos)
2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

11. Ruggles Black

3939 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Paleo Tandoori Lamb Taco
For something a little less traditional, head to this Upper Kirby hideaway for the lamb taco. One of several street food offerings on the paleo-friendly menu, the taco is served on a housemade tortilla piled with tandoori spiced lamb, red onions and chopped cucumbers. Dressed with raita, a South Asian yogurt condiment, the taco is completed with a generous sprinkling of fresh cilantro. While it's delicious, the downside is that you're only served one.

Cost: $10

(Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore)
3939 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

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