Texas is the home of amazing barbecue, cowboys, rodeos and, of course, tacos. With so many options in the Lone Star state, it can be tough to decide where to get your taco fix. Here are 11 places in Texas worth visiting on your next taco roadtrip.
1. Vera’s Backyard Bare-B-Que
@eater's roaming foodie @bill_addison just released the first ever Essential 38 Restaurants in Texas and included on that list was Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Cue in Brownsville, Texas! Eater reached out and asked to use this photo to highlight the awesome barbacoa that Vera's is known for! Of course, if you're from Texas, you know that barbacoa goes best with a Big Red, so that's how I ordered it! Go check out the list and tell me what you think about their determinations!
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The best part about this Brownsville tradition is that Vera’s is the only remaining barbacoa venue in Texas allowed by health officials to have whole cattle heads in underground mesquite. It’s so rooted in tradition that the process was grandfathered in.
Located in El Paso, it’s almost a landmark of the bustling city, deeply rooted in Mexican-American tradition. Don’t miss the carne asada fries. There’s even a vegan version with tofu. But, no disrespect, make an exception and top them with any of their signature meats.
3. Restaurant Nuevo Leon
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This Fort Worth restaurant pays homage to Monterrey’s signature dish, spit-roasted kid goat, “cabrito”, a Jewish inspired dish from the first days of Nuevo Leon.
4. Taco Deli
Originating in Austin and with roots deep in Mexico City’s bustling taco scene, this place is now present in four cities throughout Texas and maintains the same standards from its inception in 1999.
5. El Come Taco
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When it comes to tacos, they’re pretty much stuffed with the same cuts, but what sets apart the real winners is how the meats are seasoned and cooked. This Dallas establishment, a relative new-comer, has been steadily winning people’s stomachs since 2013 with its assortment of delicious, well-made and tasty treats.
6. Gerardo’s Drive-In
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A Houston commodity, Gerardo’s dates back to 1977, serving pork carnitas and chicharrones in a grocery store/restaurant/food truck setting. While barbacoa is only Friday through Sunday, that doesn’t hinder people munching on the treats as the walk past the door.
7. Picos Restaurant
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Here they claim to cover the seven regions of Mexican cuisine. Ranging from seafood, hoagies and tacos, there’s a boatload of options to choose from. Also, the cocktail and bar selections are amazing.
8. Taqueria Datapoint
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They provide real south of the border comfort food in a San Antonio strip mall. Small tortillas make up their taco supply, always adorned by sides of grilled onions, guac and salsas. Depending on the time of day, it can get pretty hectic and service could be slow.
9. Martinez Bakery
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Midland, Texas, has its good taco place at this mainly bakery shop combining well-made treats for lunch and dinner. There specialty are crispy brisket tacos, which people say are out of this world. No frills, easy to get to, but could get troublesome in busy times when the parking lot fills up.
10. Maria’s Café
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This San Antonio taco place is only open until 2 p.m., so make it a plan to get there early enough to enjoy the best of their offerings. Homemade tortillas are the specialty here, as well as their breakfast sandwiches with beans, ham, egg, cheese and salsa.
11. Orale Super Tacos
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Smack in the middle of the Rio Grande Valley is this hole in the wall taqueria that’s making people come back for more. Their 14” Super Breakfast Taco is all you need to start your own legacy of returning here time after time.