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Houston’s Best Tacos

10 Restaurants That Are Perfect for National Taco Day

BY // 10.04.15

Whether traditional or out-of-the-box, it’s hard to hate anything wrapped in a tortilla. Luckily, National Taco Day provides the perfect excuse to enjoy just that. Here are 10 Houston restaurants serving up noteworthy tacos perfect for today’s celebration.

BOVINE & BARLEY
416 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Go bovine crazy with this downtown bar’s B&B brisket tacos. The meat is slow-cooked then topped with avocado, jalapeños, onion and cilantro.

COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER
Food Truck
This truck is serving up more than just lobster rolls. Add a seafood twist to your National Taco Day with Cousins Maine’s lobster tacos. They’re made with local hand-made tortillas, then filled with Maine lobster, cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce.

EL TIEMPO CANTINA
3130 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77098; 5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007; 1308 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77019; 322 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006; 2814 Navigation Boulevard, Houston, TX 77003; 114 Vintage Park Boulevard, Houston, TX 77070; 2605 South Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77063
With seven locations across the Houston area, they’ll be no shortage of classic tacos at El Tiempo Cantina. Whether your preference is crispy, soft, corn or flour, there’s a taco to fit everyone’s taste buds.

FUSION TACO 
801 Congress Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
Mixing Asian and South American flavors, Fusion Taco provides a unique taco experience. Opt for a traditional taco like the angus steak taco served with black beans and grilled onions. Or switch it up with the seared duck taco served with stir-fry Napa cabbage and soy-ginger glaze.

THE HAY MERCHANT
1110 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
The whole gang can enjoy a family-style taco meal at The Hay Merchant. An eight- to 10-pound pig head is served with lettuce cups, tortillas, kimchi salsa and pickled vegetables for your taco-making pleasure.  

THE ORIGINAL NINFA’S ON NAVIGATION
2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
We can’t mention tacos without bringing up this local classic. National Taco Day wouldn’t be right without a trip to The Original Ninfa’s.

THE PINK BOX 
Food Truck
Does it get more interesting than tacos served in a pink tortilla? Add some color to National Taco Day at The Pink Box. They even have a chicken and waffle taco served with strawberry salsa and whipped cream. 

RUGGLES BLACK
3963 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
You don’t have to break your diet to participate in this delicious holiday. Head over to Ruggles Black for their Paleo snapper tacos.

TORCHY’S
350 W. 19TH Street, Houston, TX 77008; 2411 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019; 10123 Louetta Road, Houston, TX 77070; 2400 Times Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005; 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, TX 77494; 15810 Southwest Freeway, Sugarland, TX 77478; 4747 Research Forest Drive, Woodlands, TX 77381
You know you’re in for a treat when a restaurant’s slogan is “damn good tacos.” Try Torchy’s taco of the month, The Scarecrow, which consists of pumpkin seed-breaded chicken tenders, roasted poblano peppers, escabeche carrots, queso fresco, cilantro and creamy chipotle ranch served inside a flour tortilla. Or ask for the secret menu to take advantage of special off-book flavors.

VELVET TACO
4819 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Velvet Taco opened its Houston location three short months ago, but the Dallas import is serving up flavorful tacos that can’t be missed. Try one of their signatures like the chicken tikka masala taco or go Cajun with the crispy soft shell crawfish taco.

You can even head to Velvet Taco’s back door to pick up a whole house-roasted rotisserie chicken. For $20, the bird comes with six house-made corn tortillas, two sides of elote-style corn, roasted corn pico de gallo and hot sauce.

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