Best of Houston

Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Breakfast Tacos (and One Burrito)

Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced awhile back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon appétit!

Chicago has deep-dish pizza. Philadelphia has cheesesteak. Boston has baked beans. New York has coneys and slices and all sorts of other goodies. Kansas City has barbecue. So does Memphis. And Lockhart.

And Houston has...well...burgers? No. Brisket? Not exclusively? Fajitas? Yes, but they're so universal now...

Wait. BREAKFAST TACOS.

If there's one food that Houston does better than anywhere else (sorry, Austin), it's the breakfast taco. We are wild about dem eggs and meat in a tortilla first thing in the morning. In any neighborhood and -- thankfully -- just about any time of day, you can get yourself a fine breakfast taco, often with atomically hot homemade salsa to go with it.

Who needs deep-dish pizza or coneys? We have breakfast tacos, baby, and we're damn proud of it.

Here are the best of the best in town.

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Honorable Burrito Mention: Taco Nuts This funky food truck isn't usually open for breakfast, but there's a burrito on the menu that lends itself perfectly to the most important meal of the day: The "Legend of the Olmecs." Yeah, the name means nothing. Here's what's in it: French fries, two fried eggs, Fritos, your choice of pork, beef or chicken and all of Taco Nuts's salsas combined. It's wrapped in a 15-inch tortilla that miraculously holds all that great stuff without becoming soggy. Rather than being called breakfast, though, it should probably just be called "meal." You won't be hungry the rest of the day.

10. Taco Palenque Taco Palenque has a drive-through and locations all over Texas, but it's hardly in the same realm as a typical fast-food chain restaurant. Unlike some Tex-Mex fast-food joints (coughTacoBellcough), Taco Palenque makes all its tortillas fresh in-house, and the brightly colored homemade salsas fill up a bar in the center of the restaurant, perfect for milling about and tasting while you wait for your order. Oh, and did we mention the breakfast tacos are huge? HUGE.

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Kaitlin Steinberg