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The 5 Best Street Taco Places in Houston

The 5 Best Street Taco Places in Houston

Our Criteria 

Atmosphere:  We considered street taco restaurants that provide simplicity yet a homey atmosphere for their customers to feel at home while focusing on the flavors of their tacos.
Fillings: & Toppings:  Authentic street tacos have a variety of fillings varying from jalapenos, poblanos, seafood, barbacoa, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, etc.

So we selected restaurants that provide a variety of fillings with unlimited toppings, such as diced onions, cilantro, limes and radishes.
Salsas: Salsas can make or break a taco. So we took into consideration the taste and spiciness of the salsas served when choosing street taco restaurants.
Flavorful Meat: We chose restaurants with authentic street tacos with boldly flavored, tender meat that melted in our mouths. Afterall, meat is the basic foundation of a great street taco.

1. Brothers Taco House

Brothers Taco House Homepage

Menu: Street Tacos, Breakfast Tacos, and other Mexican food items are served here

Website: https://www.instagram.com/brotherstacohouse_htx/ 

Address: 1604 Emancipation Ave Houston TX 77003

Contact Details: +17132230091

Operating Hours:

Monday – Friday: 5AM to 3PM

Saturday: 6AM to 1PM

Sunday: 7AM to 1 PM

Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.0/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.7/5
Total Reviews4.7/5
Score Consistency4.7/5
Atmosphere4.7/5
Fillings & Toppings4.8/5
Salsas4.9/5
Flavorful Meat4.9/5

Pros

  • Homemade flour tortillas
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Delicious red & green chili salsas

Cons

  • Long wait lines 
  • Limited inside seating area

Brothers Taco House is known among its customers for having reasonably priced and excellent street tacos. Others raved to us about their breakfast tacos. 

For spicy food lovers, Jalapeño and egg breakfast tacos were recommended to us, but they also have chorizo and potato tacos. We also heard many great things about the delicious red and green chili sauces. 

Some advised us that it may be a little hectic inside since we don’t speak fluent Spanish, but assured us the staff is helpful. 

When we went to Brothers Taco House, the line was filled with people all the way down the street. It did feel a little overwhelming because there was no menu to look at while we waited in the long line. 

We noted that the menu is above where you order, so we recommend deciding on your order quickly to avoid angry, hungry customers in line behind you. 

Right away, we observed the staff at Brothers Tacos House preparing fresh flour tortillas, set up as an assembly line. The variety of taco choices on the menu left our bellies rumbling and wanting to try one of everything. 

To keep the line moving, we ordered two spicy beef tacos and two breakfast tacos, one chorizo potato and the other jalapeño and egg. We appreciated that the woman at the cashier repeated our order back to us one at a time—not missing a single item.

Inside there were only a few tables to sit at, yet the service was quite efficient. Within five minutes, our tacos were ready. Yes, we made sure to grab some creamy red and green chili sauces from the bar to try. 

Onions, cilantro, and lime were provided with all the tacos we ordered, and they were generous with the meat for the beef and chorizo tacos. 

By the way, these tacos are not served with cheese. So if you want cheese on your tacos, you can ask for cheese when placing your order.

2. Laredo Taqueria

Laredo Taqueria Homepage

Menu: Breakfast Tacos, Breakfast Plates, Lunch & Dinner Tacos, Lunch & Dinner Plates, Soups & Other Items and Beverages 

Website: https://www.laredotaqueria.com

Address: 915 Snover St. Houston, TX 77007

Contact Details: +17138617279

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 6AM to 4PM

Sunday: Closed

Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.0/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Atmosphere4.6/5
Fillings & Toppings4.7/5
Salsas4.5/5
Flavorful Meat4.8/5

Pros

  • Large servings 
  • Fresh tortillas
  • Extra salsas and toppings 

Cons

  • Tight parking lot 
  • Chicken mole tacos only available after 1PM 

Laredo Taqueria is prided on serving crowd-pleasing tortas, breakfast tacos, street tacos, and delicious lunch plates. But go early because there’s always a line! 

Although the place looks a little rundown, we were warned not to be fooled because they serve up some of the finest authentic tacos in Houston. At least, that’s what we were told.

Upon arriving at Laredo Taqueria, parking was difficult to find because of how tight their parking lot was. We recommend finding public parking on the street if you are in a hurry. (Do be mindful of the order line too.) 

While the menu was a little overwhelming because of the variety of choices, people we talked to before trying out Laredo Taqueria bragged about how everything on the menu tastes great. 

Of course, we couldn’t try everything on the menu in one sitting, yet from what we did try, we can confirm how tasty everything was. 

With every bite of our chicken mole fajita tacos, the flour tortillas were light, airy, and melted in our mouths. We could taste the freshness. 

Since the tacos here were big servings, two filled us up. Single tacos are also available. By the way, the chicken mole tacos are only available after 1 PM. 

Additionally, they have a plentiful selection of salsa and extra toppings like onions, cilantro, etc. Their array of Aguas Frescas is worth trying—we had the horchata and loved that it wasn’t watered down. 

Be careful with the red and green salsa because they’ll have you drowning down glass after glass of Aguas Frescas.

3. Tacos A Go Go

Tacos A Go Go Homepage

Menu: Catering, Mexican Street Tacos, Breakfast Tacos, Vegetarian Tacos, Breakfast Plates, Quesadillas, House-Made Chips, Ensaladas, Fish Tacos, Salsas, and Aguas Frescas 

Website: https://www.tacosagogo.com

Address: 3704 Main Street Houston, TX

Contact Details: +17138078226

Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7 AM to 10 PM

Saturday: 8 AM to 10 PM

Sunday: 8 AM to 9 PM

Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.0/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Atmosphere4.5/5
Fillings & Toppings4.6/5
Salsas4.8/5
Flavorful Meat4.2/5

Pros

  • Mexican-ranch style atmosphere
  • Flavorful shrimp & beef tacos
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Fresh, crunchy tortilla chips 

Cons

  • To-go portions are limited
  • Bland pollo and pastor tacos

Tacos A Go Go is a western-style taco place that transports customers back to being on an old Mexican ranch, complete with savory authentic street tacos. 

Many have commented about how the atmosphere of Texas A Go Go fits in with the rest of the neighborhood—a little bit quirky.

Additionally, people have raved to us about their shrimp and beef tacos being cooked just right. Others, on the other hand, told us the pollo guisado and pastor street tacos were bland and dry. 

To put these claims to the test, we ordered one of each for ourselves. 

When we got to Tacos A Go Go, we were surprised that there wasn’t a long line or a long wait for dining in. The menu provides plenty of options varying from nachos, burritos, and combination plates.

Yes, they provide vegetarian options as well. A crowd favorite is the Verde taco, a black bean base taco with a savory medley of grilled zucchini, squash, and onions. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. 

While ordering, we noted that those dining in had larger portions than the to-go portions packed up. From eyeballing the tacos being packed up, it appeared to be about 50% of the dine-in portion size. 

Regardless of this, we appreciated how quick the staff was at serving our food. They greeted us kindly and made sure we had everything we needed. 

Even swinging by our table to give us extra tortilla chips, queso blanco, and salsa. Of course, the tortilla chips were hot and crunchy.

Thankfully, our tacos were fresh off the grill. One bite of the grilled shrimp tacos left our taste buds addicted to the savory seasonings and yearning for more. Pouring the green salsa on top took it to the next level. 

The beef tacos were juicy and full of flavor, but we did find the pollo guisado and pastor tacos to be dry, as others have told us. Furthermore, there was nothing special about the flavor of their rice and beans.

4. La Vibra Tacos

La Vibra Tacos Homepage

Menu: Classic Street Tacos, Costra, Volcan, Sides, Salads, and Drinks 

Website: http://lavibratacos.com

Address: 506 Yale St. A Houston, TX 77007

Contact Details: (713) 369 5783

Operating Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 AM to 9:30 PM

Friday: 11 AM to 10 PM

Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM

Sunday: 10 AM to 9:30 PM

Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.0/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.6/5
Score Consistency4.4/5
Atmosphere4.5/5
Fillings & Toppings4.9/5
Salsas4.8/5
Flavorful Meat4.9/5

Pros

  • Oaxaca-style street tacos
  • Excellent variety of fillings
  • Tangy tamarind salsa 

Cons

  • Limited vegetarian options

La Vibra Tacos boasts that they provide authentic tacos like the ones you can find in Mexico City. Moreover, Taco lovers we’ve spoken to claim that this hidden gem is the place to go if you want real authentic tacos.

After hearing all the raving comments about the tasty tacos served at La Vibra Tacos, we decided to test out their tacos for ourselves as certified taco lovers. 

Upon observing the menu at La Vibra Tacos, we right away noted that they have three types of tacos with a variety of fillings. Yes, there is something for everyone. For vegetarians, they even provide fresh nopales (cactus). 

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of our tacos because we couldn’t wait to dig into them—that’s how you know the tacos are good when you forget about your camera.

To start, we had the chicharron de queso to whet our appetites. Afterward, we indulged in the pastor and pineapple, the rajas con queso, and the costra-bistec tacos. 

We were told these are Oaxaca-style tacos, which makes this a unique place for taco lovers.

The tacos served at La Vibra Tacos are different in that you can get your taco filling wrapped in a crispy cheese of your choice. We can testify that ordering your tacos this way is mouthwatering with every bite. 

For dessert, their cajeta (caramel stuffed churros) hit the spot as a satisfying dessert to match the savoriness of their tacos.

One thing we appreciated was the variety of salsas offered. Specifically, their tamarind salsa was tangy, subtly spicy, and unlike any other salsa, we’ve tried. 

Furthermore, we liked how all of the staff treated us kindly and offered to refill our Aguas Frescas, which was delicious, by the way.

Additionally, we noted that all the tables around us were cleaned up immediately after customers left—not leaving a single dirty napkin behind. 

5. El Topo

El Topo Homepage

Menu: Tacos, Vegetable Tacos, Brunch, and Catering services are available

Website: http://topohtx.com

Address: 6119 Edloe St, West University Place TX 77005

Contact Details: (832) 795 7251

Operating Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 5 PM to 10 PM

Friday – Saturday: 10 AM to 3 PM & 5PM to 10 PM

Sunday: 10 AM to 3 PM

Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.0/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Atmosphere4.7/5
Fillings & Toppings4.8/5
Salsas4.5/5
Flavorful Meat4.9/5

Pros

  • Inviting atmosphere
  • Great customer service
  • Outdoor seating w/fans
  • Good variety of vegetarian options
  • Flavorful meat 

Cons

  • No alcohol is served 
  • Limited inside seating

Many we talked to bragged about the delicious vegetarian, pastor, and barbacoa tacos El Topo offers, along with the homie ambiance and friendly customer service. We decided to check them out ourselves, and El Topo did not disappoint. 

We went in during brunch time; thankfully, there wasn’t a long wait line. The decor inside and their choice of flatware helped create a warm, inviting atmosphere for all customers to feel at home. 

Unfortunately, the inside seating was filled with other customers, so we sat outside. A selling point for us, though, is they had fans to keep us cool from the Texas heat. 

Furthermore, we eyed the variety of vegetarian options on their menu, from their cauliflower al pastor to their mushroom power taco. Our stomachs were rumbling just thinking of what to order. 

In the end, though, we decided to go with a classic al pastor and a barbacoa street taco. We appreciated how quick our order came out—we could see the steam rising. 

The staff was also friendly and accommodating when we asked for extra guacamole and tortilla chips.  

The al pastor taco we had was full of flavor, tons of meat, and not too spicy or salty. (Yes, there was a pineapple in it.) 

If you’re not a pineapple lover, you may not savor El Topo’s al pastor taco. Still, there are a variety of other options on the menu to try. One is the barbacoa street taco, which is filled with tender meat and flavor—it almost brought tears to our eyes. 

Although we couldn’t enjoy a margarita with our tacos because El Topo is located across from a school and doesn’t hold a liquor license, their Aguas Frescas lime mimosas were flavorful and fresh. Honestly, we could have kept drinking them all day. 

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