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13 Offbeat Houston Tacos That Are Anything But Ordinary

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Houston is full of prime taco spots, from roadside trucks to traditional family restaurants to Tex-mex joints — and there’s way more out there than classic standbys like al pastor or fried fish.

This list includes taco flavor fusions that pay tribute to the city’s diversity, with menus brimming with wacky taco creations, and local spots that showcase what they do best in taco form (ahem, honey chipotle rib tacos).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 767-4002
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As unlikely as it sounds, the Brussels sprout taco at Eight Row Flint is consistently ranked as one of the best in Houston. The charred Brussels sprouts are crisp, smoky, and surprisingly filling. Accompaniments include queso fresco, crema, sweet onions, crunchy pickled radishes, and cilantro. Served on signature homemade corn tortillas, these tacos are one of a kind.

2. Velvet Taco

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4819 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 834-5908
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Velvet Taco’s menu is full of unconventional offerings like the spicy tikka chicken and falafel tacos, but the fish n’ chips stands out. Fish tacos are not unusual, but Velvet Taco pairs beer-battered Atlantic cod with malt vinegar-soaked shoestring fries for an English twist. Rolled up in a flour tortilla and slathered with curry mayo, this meal will leave diners dreaming of salty shores.

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3. Tacos A Go Go

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2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-8226
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Tacos-a-go-go offers the ultimate hangover cure in taco form. The tater taco bulges with tots, black beans, crispy bacon, pickled jalapenos, salsa roja, and sour cream. Blanketed with warm velvety queso, the tater taco is sure to induce a food coma. The Midtown location is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making this taco the perfect late night bite.

4. Taco Planet

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1411 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 760-6458
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This under-the-radar food truck is tucked away in a formerly empty lot in Montrose. The Indian-inspired butter chicken taco is loaded with tender chunks of chicken marinated in a creamy curry sauce and piled onto a fresh tortilla with cheese, onion, and cilantro. For fifty cents more, get it sloppy, which adds a drizzle of sour cream, avocado, and grilled onions.

5. Fusion Taco Canteen & Cocktails

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4706 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 422-2992
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Fusion Taco has an array of South American and Pan-Asian options, but for some local fare, try the chicken-fried oyster taco. Fresh Gulf Coast oysters are battered and deep fried and dashed with Frank’s RedHot sauce. The addition of cooling buttermilk ranch and a celery root slaw provides relief from the spice.

6. Coreanos

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Coreanos food truck combines Mexican and Korean cuisine for an explosion of flavor. The Korean BBQ taco is stuffed with beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, or sauteed tofu and dressed with colorful Korean slaw, onion, cilantro, lime, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

7. Torchy's Tacos

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350 W 19th St Ste 1
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 595-8229
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Avocado toast may be all the rage, but Torchy’s fried avocado tacos are hard to beat. On this vegetarian-friendly taco, cubes of avocado are hand-battered, fried golden brown, and served on a corn tortilla alongside refried beans, fresh pico de gallo, grated cheddar jack, and a refreshingly mild poblano sauce.

8. Goodnight Charlie's

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2531 Kuester St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 986-5151
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The hot chicken taco at Goodnight Charlie’s honky tonk gives diners a taste of Nashville without ever leaving Montrose. Chicken rubbed with spices and fried in hot oil is topped with sauteed chorizo collard greens on Blanca’s corn tortilla while sliced pickle chips add a hint of sweetness and crunch.

9. North Shore Poke Co.

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11195 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(281) 888-1946
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Cubes of fresh ahi poke are garnished with a cabbage slaw and sliced avocados and packed into a white corn tortilla at North Shore Poke Co. Flavor choices include the spicy mayo Waimea, signature Sunset, and Pipeline with traditional house shoyu.

10. Peli Peli Kitchen

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9090 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024
(281) 257-9500
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Peli Peli Kitchen swaps a traditional corn or flour tortilla for grilled naan, making their tacos unique inside and out. Though there are six types of tacos on the menu, the curried chicken naan taco with a sweet coconut curry sauce, yellow rice, and mango chutney is a standout. The dish is finished with julienned peppadews and crispy fried onions for a balance of textures.

11. Tacodeli

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1902 Washington Ave D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 357-7770
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The papadulce taco at Tacodeli melds roasted sweet potatoes, grilled corn, bell peppers, and caramelized onions. The veggies are crammed into a flour tortilla and topped with toasted pepitas and a spicy chipotle sauce. Vegetarians, carnivores, and everyone in between will be wowed by the papadulce taco.

12. Jonathan's The Rub

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9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-8200
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Jonathan’s The Rub heaps succulent lobster claw meat marinated in a tangy lemon mayo sauce onto a grilled tortilla for a decadent lobster taco dressed with a simple tomatillo salsa. Split the lobster taco appetizer at dinner or order a lunch entree which includes two tacos and fries.

13. Liberty Taco

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a, 4703 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 239-0881
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Liberty Taco combines two things Texas is known for: tacos and barbecue. Boneless baby back ribs doused in honey chipotle barbecue sauce and topped with serrano ranch slaw, pickled jalapenos, and rich queso fresco merge to form the delectable smoky-sweet honey chipotle rib taco.

1. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

As unlikely as it sounds, the Brussels sprout taco at Eight Row Flint is consistently ranked as one of the best in Houston. The charred Brussels sprouts are crisp, smoky, and surprisingly filling. Accompaniments include queso fresco, crema, sweet onions, crunchy pickled radishes, and cilantro. Served on signature homemade corn tortillas, these tacos are one of a kind.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

2. Velvet Taco

4819 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Velvet Taco’s menu is full of unconventional offerings like the spicy tikka chicken and falafel tacos, but the fish n’ chips stands out. Fish tacos are not unusual, but Velvet Taco pairs beer-battered Atlantic cod with malt vinegar-soaked shoestring fries for an English twist. Rolled up in a flour tortilla and slathered with curry mayo, this meal will leave diners dreaming of salty shores.

4819 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

3. Tacos A Go Go

2912 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Tacos-a-go-go offers the ultimate hangover cure in taco form. The tater taco bulges with tots, black beans, crispy bacon, pickled jalapenos, salsa roja, and sour cream. Blanketed with warm velvety queso, the tater taco is sure to induce a food coma. The Midtown location is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making this taco the perfect late night bite.

2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. Taco Planet

1411 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

This under-the-radar food truck is tucked away in a formerly empty lot in Montrose. The Indian-inspired butter chicken taco is loaded with tender chunks of chicken marinated in a creamy curry sauce and piled onto a fresh tortilla with cheese, onion, and cilantro. For fifty cents more, get it sloppy, which adds a drizzle of sour cream, avocado, and grilled onions.

1411 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

5. Fusion Taco Canteen & Cocktails

4706 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

Fusion Taco has an array of South American and Pan-Asian options, but for some local fare, try the chicken-fried oyster taco. Fresh Gulf Coast oysters are battered and deep fried and dashed with Frank’s RedHot sauce. The addition of cooling buttermilk ranch and a celery root slaw provides relief from the spice.

4706 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

6. Coreanos

Houston, TX

Coreanos food truck combines Mexican and Korean cuisine for an explosion of flavor. The Korean BBQ taco is stuffed with beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, or sauteed tofu and dressed with colorful Korean slaw, onion, cilantro, lime, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

7. Torchy's Tacos

350 W 19th St Ste 1, Houston, TX 77008

Avocado toast may be all the rage, but Torchy’s fried avocado tacos are hard to beat. On this vegetarian-friendly taco, cubes of avocado are hand-battered, fried golden brown, and served on a corn tortilla alongside refried beans, fresh pico de gallo, grated cheddar jack, and a refreshingly mild poblano sauce.

350 W 19th St Ste 1
Houston, TX 77008

8. Goodnight Charlie's

2531 Kuester St, Houston, TX 77006

The hot chicken taco at Goodnight Charlie’s honky tonk gives diners a taste of Nashville without ever leaving Montrose. Chicken rubbed with spices and fried in hot oil is topped with sauteed chorizo collard greens on Blanca’s corn tortilla while sliced pickle chips add a hint of sweetness and crunch.

2531 Kuester St
Houston, TX 77006

9. North Shore Poke Co.

11195 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

Cubes of fresh ahi poke are garnished with a cabbage slaw and sliced avocados and packed into a white corn tortilla at North Shore Poke Co. Flavor choices include the spicy mayo Waimea, signature Sunset, and Pipeline with traditional house shoyu.

11195 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042

10. Peli Peli Kitchen

9090 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Peli Peli Kitchen swaps a traditional corn or flour tortilla for grilled naan, making their tacos unique inside and out. Though there are six types of tacos on the menu, the curried chicken naan taco with a sweet coconut curry sauce, yellow rice, and mango chutney is a standout. The dish is finished with julienned peppadews and crispy fried onions for a balance of textures.

9090 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

11. Tacodeli

1902 Washington Ave D, Houston, TX 77007

The papadulce taco at Tacodeli melds roasted sweet potatoes, grilled corn, bell peppers, and caramelized onions. The veggies are crammed into a flour tortilla and topped with toasted pepitas and a spicy chipotle sauce. Vegetarians, carnivores, and everyone in between will be wowed by the papadulce taco.

1902 Washington Ave D
Houston, TX 77007

12. Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Jonathan’s The Rub heaps succulent lobster claw meat marinated in a tangy lemon mayo sauce onto a grilled tortilla for a decadent lobster taco dressed with a simple tomatillo salsa. Split the lobster taco appetizer at dinner or order a lunch entree which includes two tacos and fries.

9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024

13. Liberty Taco

a, 4703 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027

Liberty Taco combines two things Texas is known for: tacos and barbecue. Boneless baby back ribs doused in honey chipotle barbecue sauce and topped with serrano ranch slaw, pickled jalapenos, and rich queso fresco merge to form the delectable smoky-sweet honey chipotle rib taco.

a, 4703 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

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