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15 Excellent Houston Taquerias

Where to find tortilla-wrapped bliss, available for takeout and delivery

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It’s no secret that Houston is a destination for Mexican cuisine, which is why it’s not really surprising that Space City is home to a bevy of excellent taco purveyors that turn masa into miracles every single damn day. The city’s plethora of taco trucks already made take-away dining easy, and now some of the best dine-in taquerias in town are also offering takeout and delivery

From tender, spit-roasted trompo to earthy, slightly funky mollejas (sweetbreads), the offerings at these 15 essential Houston taquerias are iconic. Go forth, and get ready to get drunk on tacos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chilosos Taco House

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701 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 868-2273
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This cozy East End eatery serves up breakfast tacos, flautas, tamales, and more, but don’t sleep on the beef tips and gravy taco — it’s an ideal hangover killer. Order online for pickup.

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2. La Chingada Tacos & Tequila

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1402 Northwood St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 505-1218
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The tacos are great here all the time, but they’re best at breakfast. Go for the #6, a taco made with scrambled eggs and smoky salchichón, a Spanish summer sausage. Order on www.lachingadahtx.com or through UberEats.

3. Taqueria Laredo

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311 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 695-0504
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Piping hot trays of meat greet diners when they walk into Laredo Taqueria #4, where they’re just waiting to be piled into flour or corn tortillas. Pair the tortilla-wrapped protein of your choice with a bowl of fideo and a side of rice for a filling meal of taco perfection that costs (way) less than $10. Available on Grubhub and Doordash.

4. Gerardo's Drive-In

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609 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 699-0820

Taco obsessives rave about the barbacoa at this laid-back drive-thru, open in Houston since 1977. Looking for something else? Try tender tamales, chile rellenos, and gorditas instead. Takeout only.

5. El Taconazo Taco Truck

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4003 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009

The taco lineup here is simple — just fajita beef, barbacoa, lengua, and trompo are on offer. Pair with a side of charro beans and a horchata agua fresca for a perfect lunch that costs less than $5. Want to skip the typical taco? Go for the fajita quesadilla, stuffed with meat and cheese. Take away only.

6. LaMacro

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3903 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009
(832) 618-4611
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Purveyor of the self-described best trompo in the country, La Macro, now a food truck, is a destination for paprika-crusted pork that’s roasted to perfection on a spit. Here, diners can even get that perfect trompo tucked into warm naan for a fusion quesadilla, or keep it traditional with the Taquiza, a 5-pack of mini-tacos that only costs $8. Take-away only.

7. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 767-4002
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This Heights haunt’s motto is “whiskey, beer, and tacos,” and it certainly lives up to that goal. Pair a dram poured from one of the bar’s specially-chosen barrels of whiskey with a Brussels sprout or Gulf shrimp taco, then wash it all down with Eight Row Flint’s famous margarita. Order online through the restaurant’s website for pickup or on Grubhub for delivery.

Tacos served in white paper trays and a Lone Star longneck beer on a whiskey barrel Eight Row Flint/Facebook

8. Taconmadre Taquerias

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610 Crown St
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 675-8442
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Seven different types of meat are on offer at this popular Houston taqueria, but the trompo and fajita beef have earned special raves from local taco enthusiasts. Don’t skip the charro beans, either — they’re perfectly spicy and turn two tacos into a meal. Takeaway only.

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9. La Calle Tacos

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909 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 735-8226
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Swing by this Downtown taqueria on Tuesdays, when the street-style tacos served on corn tortillas are just $1 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. A minimum order of 5 tacos is required, but there’s no such thing as too many tacos. Order through Toast or Seamless.

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10. Brothers Taco House

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1604 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 223-0091
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Expect to wait a bit at this assembly line taqueria, but fortunately the line moves quickly. The tortillas are made fresh daily, then stuffed with beans and cheese, lengua, chicharron, chorizo, or any mixture of the above. At around $1.75 each, these massive tacos are one of the city’s best dining bargains. Available for takeaway or delivery on Favor, Doordash, and Postmates.

11. Tacos Tierra Caliente

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2003 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 584-9359

A Houston icon, Tacos Tierra Caliente serves up killer chicken, barbacoa, carne asada and more tucked into perfect flour or corn tortillas. Slather ‘em all in the addictively spicy green sauce, then head across the street to West Alabama Ice House to wash down all those tacos with a couple of cold beers. Take-away only.

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12. Tacos A Go Go

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3704 S Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 807-8226
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As its name might indicate, Tacos A Go Go is a haven for taco enthusiasts. Go in the morning for build-your-own breakfast tacos, or swing by during lunch for killer pork guisado, picadillo, or lamb barbacoa. Available on Toast, Postmates, Doordash, and UberEats.

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13. Tacos La Bala

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5800 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77081
(713) 839-8226
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Eight locations of this popular taqueria make it ridiculously accessible, which means that taco junkies can score a barbacoa fix without having to make a lengthy drive. Order through UberEats, Postmates, or Grubhub.

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1. Chilosos Taco House

701 E 20th St, Houston, TX 77008
Chilosos Taco House/Facebook

This cozy East End eatery serves up breakfast tacos, flautas, tamales, and more, but don’t sleep on the beef tips and gravy taco — it’s an ideal hangover killer. Order online for pickup.

701 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

2. La Chingada Tacos & Tequila

1402 Northwood St, Houston, TX 77009

The tacos are great here all the time, but they’re best at breakfast. Go for the #6, a taco made with scrambled eggs and smoky salchichón, a Spanish summer sausage. Order on www.lachingadahtx.com or through UberEats.

1402 Northwood St
Houston, TX 77009

3. Taqueria Laredo

311 Patton St, Houston, TX 77009

Piping hot trays of meat greet diners when they walk into Laredo Taqueria #4, where they’re just waiting to be piled into flour or corn tortillas. Pair the tortilla-wrapped protein of your choice with a bowl of fideo and a side of rice for a filling meal of taco perfection that costs (way) less than $10. Available on Grubhub and Doordash.

311 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009

4. Gerardo's Drive-In

609 Patton St, Houston, TX 77009

Taco obsessives rave about the barbacoa at this laid-back drive-thru, open in Houston since 1977. Looking for something else? Try tender tamales, chile rellenos, and gorditas instead. Takeout only.

609 Patton St
Houston, TX 77009

5. El Taconazo Taco Truck

4003 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009

The taco lineup here is simple — just fajita beef, barbacoa, lengua, and trompo are on offer. Pair with a side of charro beans and a horchata agua fresca for a perfect lunch that costs less than $5. Want to skip the typical taco? Go for the fajita quesadilla, stuffed with meat and cheese. Take away only.

4003 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009

6. LaMacro

3903 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009

Purveyor of the self-described best trompo in the country, La Macro, now a food truck, is a destination for paprika-crusted pork that’s roasted to perfection on a spit. Here, diners can even get that perfect trompo tucked into warm naan for a fusion quesadilla, or keep it traditional with the Taquiza, a 5-pack of mini-tacos that only costs $8. Take-away only.

3903 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009

7. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008
Tacos served in white paper trays and a Lone Star longneck beer on a whiskey barrel Eight Row Flint/Facebook

This Heights haunt’s motto is “whiskey, beer, and tacos,” and it certainly lives up to that goal. Pair a dram poured from one of the bar’s specially-chosen barrels of whiskey with a Brussels sprout or Gulf shrimp taco, then wash it all down with Eight Row Flint’s famous margarita. Order online through the restaurant’s website for pickup or on Grubhub for delivery.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

8. Taconmadre Taquerias

610 Crown St, Houston, TX 77020
Taconmadre Taquerias/Facebook

Seven different types of meat are on offer at this popular Houston taqueria, but the trompo and fajita beef have earned special raves from local taco enthusiasts. Don’t skip the charro beans, either — they’re perfectly spicy and turn two tacos into a meal. Takeaway only.

610 Crown St
Houston, TX 77020

9. La Calle Tacos

909 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002
La Calle Tacos/Facebook

Swing by this Downtown taqueria on Tuesdays, when the street-style tacos served on corn tortillas are just $1 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. A minimum order of 5 tacos is required, but there’s no such thing as too many tacos. Order through Toast or Seamless.

909 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77002

10. Brothers Taco House

1604 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77003

Expect to wait a bit at this assembly line taqueria, but fortunately the line moves quickly. The tortillas are made fresh daily, then stuffed with beans and cheese, lengua, chicharron, chorizo, or any mixture of the above. At around $1.75 each, these massive tacos are one of the city’s best dining bargains. Available for takeaway or delivery on Favor, Doordash, and Postmates.

1604 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77003

11. Tacos Tierra Caliente

2003 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
Tacos Tierra Caliente/Facebook

A Houston icon, Tacos Tierra Caliente serves up killer chicken, barbacoa, carne asada and more tucked into perfect flour or corn tortillas. Slather ‘em all in the addictively spicy green sauce, then head across the street to West Alabama Ice House to wash down all those tacos with a couple of cold beers. Take-away only.

2003 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098

12. Tacos A Go Go

3704 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Tacos A Go Go/Facebook

As its name might indicate, Tacos A Go Go is a haven for taco enthusiasts. Go in the morning for build-your-own breakfast tacos, or swing by during lunch for killer pork guisado, picadillo, or lamb barbacoa. Available on Toast, Postmates, Doordash, and UberEats.

3704 S Main St
Houston, TX 77002

13. Tacos La Bala

5800 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77081

Eight locations of this popular taqueria make it ridiculously accessible, which means that taco junkies can score a barbacoa fix without having to make a lengthy drive. Order through UberEats, Postmates, or Grubhub.

5800 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77081

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