Based in San Antonio, Texas

La Morenita, 750 Porter St.

Good tacos across the board — most notably the country and egg and chilaquiles rojos — in the middle of the East Side.

Mendez Cafe has become a Southside institution

“I don’t know any other life,” said Vanessa Mendez, whose mom Delores opened the restaurant 31 years ago. “This is life to me.”

Lil’ Johnnys Taco House, 3601 I-35 North

The Taco Bañado is the star here with its combo of papa Mexicana, bacon, cheese and avocado inside a crispy flour tortilla.

Efrain’s Food Market, 1222 Saltillo St.

Good barbacoa, carnitas and papa ranchera in an old school setting, Efrain’s has been around since the 1950s.