February 21st, 2012
H-Town Showdown: Taco Throwdown
Describing why your favorite taco joint is numero uno isn’t as easy as choosing flour or corn, bacon or chorizo. The tiniest detail can make or break this unofficial breakfast of Houston and polarize fan bases. We know they’ve got some offerings that can run with the best, but with the exception of Tacqueria Don Tin #3, we’ve left the taco truck battle to be fought another day and picked some stationary heavy-hitters (not named Torchy’s). Who ya got?
Trompo. What else needs to be said? Though not technically in the city of Houston, Karanchos in Channelview is a must visit for those who are a fan of hanging out on a patio with a beer and delicious tacos. The tacos de trompo are only available on the weekends but oh how delicious they are. They’re moist, full of achiote flavor, and downright awesome.
Look for it at: 620 Sheldon Rd., Channelview, TX 77530
We invaded Austin a long time before Torchy’s came to town, and Berryhill led the charge. This Houston original has more locations than you have fingers, including one down Mexico way. Berryhill is obviously keeping Houston corporate, but we’re glad we’ve got their famous fish tacos and tamales in our corner. It’s like a Taco Cabana, but tastier, and there’s not a college kid throwing up in the bathroom.
Look for it at: anywhere
Tacqueria Don Tin #3
Situated at the corner of W 23rd and Shepherd, Tacqueria Don Tin #3 doesn’t look like much, but the bistek tacos are a dollar and they pack serious flavor. If you’re in the area and need a quick, cheap and tasty snack, this is the place to stop.
Look for it at: W 23rd and Shepherd, Houston, TX 77020
Chalkboard menus offer a variety of plates from brisket tacos and migas to the simple, but ever-pleasing, chips and salsa, guacamole and queso. There is no wrong choice. The go-go service and grub prepared in perfect proportions make it easy for a quick lunch that won’t leave you lethargic, should you be forced back to work post feast.
Look for it at: the Fourth Ward or the Heights
That’s right, this one’s on you. Was there a purveyor of tacos that you feel deserves a presence here among the competitors? Let us know in the comments. We’ll tally your suggestions into the final results.