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The Real Deal at Taqueria La Macro

Taqueria offers al pastor-style meat cooked on a classic trompo.

But all of that could disappear tomorrow and I'd still return to La Macro again and again for its beautiful trompo. It's the restaurant's signature item, and you can get it in nearly every dish La Macro offers: tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, taquizas and even hamburgers. In fact, the only place you can't find it is in the breakfast tacos — which is okay by me, as they're offered all day long (a huge bonus) and come with some of the best and — somewhat paradoxically — least greasy chorizo I've seen in a while. And I'm willing to bet they'd stuff some trompo into your breakfast tacos if you asked nicely.

Taquizas are the most traditional incarnation, however, featuring the sweet pork draped gracefully across five corn tortillas, a scatter of cilantro and onions across the entire plate. La Macro's hot salsa verde in a squeeze bottle on your table provides a bright, sharp hit of acidity and heat to the taquizas, which can easily be taken down by one person.

Inside a trompi-burger, which I've decided is Mexico's answer to a bacon cheeseburger, trompo functions as bacon while melty, salty asadero takes the place of Cheddar cheese. Sautéed onions top off the whole wonderful affair, and that same salsa verde is again a welcome addition between the two buttery, slightly crisped-up torta buns that hold it all together.

Trompo-style meat was brought to Mexico by Middle Eastern immigrants.
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Trompo-style meat was brought to Mexico by Middle Eastern immigrants.

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Taqueria La Macro

1822 N. Main St., Ste B
Houston, TX 77009

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Heights

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Details

Taqueria La Macro
1822 N. Main, Suite B, 713-226-8226. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Breakfast taco $1.90
Taco de trompo $1.75
La Gringa $2.75
La Campechana $3
La Pirata $3
Trompi-burger $5.95
Taquizas $6.85


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And while you can certainly get a taco de barbacoa or pechuga de pollo (chicken breast), the best tacos here are the so-called "Tacos del Barrio," which feature three of Monterrey's most iconic street eats.

La Gringa is the flour tortilla-wrapped version of trompo, nestling the pork between creamy layers of white, stretchy queso a la plancha before the entire taco is grilled to a slight crisp on the griddle. La Campechana features fajita beef and that same white cheese, along with fat slices of avocado. And my favorite, La Pirata, finds all of the Campechana ingredients — tender beef, soft cheese, plush avocado — topped with sautéed onions and, again, grilled until the flour tortilla that holds it all together is barely crunchy outside.

These last two may not feature La Macro's signature trompo, but that doesn't stop me from indulging in one or the other on most visits. After all, it's only $1.75 to get a taco de trompo on the side — a small price to pay for such a time-honored classic.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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12 comments
MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Finally, I'm able to comment, (I really, REALLY hate this sign in bit'ness) on the wonderful, Taqueria La Macro. My Mrs. and I hit the place last Friday. Ms. Shilcutt is on the nose with the courteous service and good value. We loved the trompo tacos and can't wait to go back. We ordered both the tacos del bario and trompo taquizas. While all tasted great, my Mrs. and I agreed next time, no messing around, we're going straight for the the trompo taquizas. Great review and a fantastic restaurant.

sobregon1
sobregon1

Amazing article...... Thank you K. S. for being our public eyes and voice in this new endeavor of mine..... 

 

S. Obregon

NattyLite
NattyLite

there are very few taco joints down here in BsAs. there is only one place that this Texan will even consider -- Fabrica del Taco and their tacos are trompo style. AMAAAAAAZING. :)

Katy Manning
Katy Manning

Went and had this for dinner last night. So good, so cheap and the owner chatted with us too. Definitely recommend this place!

luckydog1967
luckydog1967

I love Trompo.  Tacos la Bala on Bellaire @ Renwick is also delicious for those on the SW side.

beer_chris
beer_chris

@EatingOurWords how is this possible inside CoH boundary? Can we please have real gyros now too?

houston_foodie
houston_foodie

@EatingOurWords So has the CoH health dept relaxed its rules on cooking with trompos? If so, good news for Houston trompo lovers!

agorist
agorist

@EatingOurWords gah! Now I have to clean up all the drooling on my keyboard.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @NattyLite Are you reading this from Buenos Aires? If so - how awesome! Hello from Houston.

greglopp
greglopp

@houston_foodie According to @LaMacro, CoH hasn't relaxed the rules but they confound the inspectors ("I gotta site you for something...")

agorist
agorist

@houston_foodie Plexiglass sneeze guard.

 
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