Updated June 13
The places The Tacoist has visited listed by salsa cup rating.
Worth traveling across town for.
Mama’s Kitchen, 504 Hildebrand Ave. — North Central — Some truly exceptional tacos at Mama’s Kitchen, in particular the chicharron en salsa ranchera.
Mendez Cafe, 201 Bartholomew Ave. — South Side — A truly amazing ham and egg taco on flour that has hints of pancake and maple syrup. Cafe specializes in breakfast and has been around more than 30 years.
Mi Celayence, 2903 Fredericksburg Road — Northwest — Maybe the best carne guisada in the city, which is a Tacoist Great Taco.
Yatzil, 502 S. Zarzamora St. — West Side — Offers unique tacos like the chori-quiles (chorizo and chilaquiles), the Yatzil Special Taco (papas a la Mexicana with cheese and bacon) and Taco Mexicano (a whole steak with guacamole, onions and cilantro; above.), which is a Tacoist Great Taco.
El Sol, 1815 Pleasanton Road — South Side — Very good tacos across the board, including Coaches — bean, scrambled egg, bacon and cheese combo.
Isela’s Tacos, 3650 Culebra Road — West Side — Excellent flour tortillas — light, kind of that perfect thinness, soft, pliable as a result of the tortillas puffing perfectly up on the comal.
Little Taco Factory #2, 1510 McCullough Ave. — North Central — Good across-the-menu tacos with one of the best hot sauces — a tangy, hot salsa made from red jalapenos.
Mi Casa, 700 S. Santa Rosa Ave. — Downtown — Very good pork chop taco (literally chopped). Near perfect bean and cheese on corn. Strong carne giusdada. Cheesy chilaquiles.
Taco Rey, 11825 West Avenue — Northside — Really good tacos made by a short order cook who wears a white paper hat and everything. Excellent salsas. Try the Taco Norteño (above).
Tony’s, 1503 Nogalitos St. — South Side — A temple of tacos located in an old Piggy Wiggly.
Average S.A. taqueria. Some hits, some misses.
Bee’s and Sisy’s, 111 N. Flores St. — Downtown — Solid tacos with curiously-shaped, but good, flour tortillas. Really good greenish brown hot sauce.
Café Alameda, 342 W. Houston St. — Downtown — Boasts some incredibly soft and fluffy flour tortillas. Try the egg a la Mexicana and bean and cheese.
Bertha’s, 2629 W. Martin St.— West Side — This West Side hole-in-the-wall has one of the best bean and cheese tacos on corn in the city.
El Mariachi Loco, 610 Isom Road— Northside
El Rodeo, 8085 Potranco Road— Far West Side
Guerrero’s, 1859 Rigby Ave. — East Side — An East Side taqueria small in stature, but big on flavor and uniqueness. Menu leans more Mexican than Tex-Mex. Try the chicharron prensado (stewed beef with chicharron bits mixed in) for the novelty. The machacado and papa a la Mexicana were very good, as was the bean and cheese. One of the hottest green hot sauces you’ll ever taste.
Las Palmas, 2911 Roosevelt Avenue — South Side
Las Sabrosas de Guanajuato, 6825 San Pedro Ave. — North Central
Lydia’s Taco House, 536 S. W.W. White Road — South Side
Mary’s Snack Bar & Cafe, 2709 W. Southcross Blvd. — South Side
Pancho’s, 1005 Old Highway 90 — West Side
Roy’s Taco Hut, 6211 San Pedro Ave. — Northwest — “Texas size” tacos include Taco Caliente, which is carne asada and grilled onions and peppers. Not that hot, but very tasty. About average carne guisada, bean and cheese and chilaquiles.
Taqueria El Charro Tapatio, 4600 Blanco Road — North Central
Taqueria Los Arcos, 13777 Nacogdoches Road — Far West Side — Quality tacos across the menu. Had the carne guisada, machacado, country and egg, papa chorizo, bean and cheese, and chilaquiles, and not one distinguished itself from the other — all good. Doughy, thicker tortillas.
Cazadores, 927 Rittiman Road — Northeast — Where the tacos become the conduits for the very good green and red hot sauces.
El Patio, 805 S. Seguin Road — Converse — Some good tacos in this tiny Converse taqueria like the country guisada and the carne guisada. But definitely some misses, including the bean and cheese and chicharron en salsa.
El Santos, 1419 Castroville Road — West Side
Fajita Taco Place, 1816 Thompson Place — West Side
Hacienda el Tule, 403 S.W. Military Drive — South Side — Every good taco seemed to have some setback — including undercooked potatoes in papa ranchera, super acidic sauce for chicharrones and salty machacado.
La Barranca, 1026 Cincinnati Ave. — Northwest
Olivia’s, 801 Vanderbilt St. — Southeast
Taco Guadalajara, 4838 Rittiman Road — Northeast
Taco Mexicano, 3603 S.W. Military Drive — South Side
Taqueria La Tapatia No. 2, 3054 Rigsby Ave. — North Central
El Gallito de Jalisco, 9226 Wurzbach Road — Northwest — This place on Wurzbach Road proves that really good flour tortillas can’t save some tacos.
Rocky’s Tacos, 2423 Pleasanton Road — South Side — Greasy tacos. Open 24 hours.
Taqueria Arandas, 7055 W. Military Drive — Far West Side
Taqueria Huentitan #2, 6502 Babcock Road — Northwest — Good carne guisada. Pierna taco really good with vinegary, chile de arbol red sauce. Beware of rank cheese.
El Potosino, 1105 Bandera Road — Northwest
Los Magueyes, 3743 Pleasanton Road — South Side
Tia’s Taco Hut, 5730 Babcock Road — Northwest
Taqueria Los Dos Laredos #4, 1264 Austin Highway — Northeast