Houston Taco Run

hola. uno mas cervesa, por favor. and that’s about all I know. but, with one exception, my mexican amigos know how to cook. taco’s make the world go round. stef just got done with a 10K race and we thought we could finish it off with a great houston taco run. like the 10K, this means running… running to every taco stand, hole in the wall, taqueria, anything we could find in our vicinity. unfolding before you is the great “houston taco-capade”. you know that dr. suess book, “the places you will go”… maybe this is what he wrote about….ok maybe not, but these are some damn good tacos.

jarro cafe tacos

Stop 1 – taqueria cancun
really good taco’s
taqueria cancun tacosdam brower at taqueria cancuntaqueria cancun

Stop 2 – Jarro cafe
Jarro is about flavor. their meat, their hot sauce. they differentiate themselves from the rest by bringing something unique. i would say they raised it up a level – gourmet style. you HAVE to visit this place. the green sauce is for professionals only, so watch out!
jarro cafe wonderful saucesjarro cafe taco standjarro cafe tacos

Stop 3 – Nortenita market
what a fun place. meat market, mexican grocer items, and food ready for you. an experience you have to take part of. I shopped and dined – and was not disappointed (REAL mexican cokes — HELLO!!). love this place.
Nortenita market shoppingnortenita tacosadam brower drinking a mexican drink

Stop 4 – La Balita : Con Sabora Mexico
la balitala balita tacosla balita tacos

ok. something magical happened here. green sauce, tacos, everything. if you want to go to a popular local restaurant chain with a Pappa in it, you will not get the the satisfaction as you would here. at that other place with the pappa, you will pay 3 times more, get less service, and mediocre food. go to this “unknown” and get everything you ever wanted. stef has feverishly been researching how to re-create this green sauce, its not a tomatilla. its an avocado and sour cream thing we are trying to perfect.

to break it down, I would prioritize accordingly:

1 – Jarro Cafe – unique and bold flavors
2 – La Balita – wonderful authentic food
3 – Nortenita Market – shop and eat – all is good
4 – Taqueria Cancun – good food, its only last because they didn’t have anything truly unique for me. I still recommend.

happy taco hunting.

stay hungry houston, and let me know if you find the great taco place.
mine for now – first on the list is Jarro – GO!


and for more taco fun, visit Jay – http://www.gunsandtacos.com/


~ by hungryinhouston on March 28, 2010.

5 Responses to “Houston Taco Run”

  1. irresistible!! and that’s my rolling tongue! …please book me on your next tour!! …you guys are starting a ser’ieux revolution of mighty Mexican flavour!!! goodness!!!

  2. That looks so good. Is there not a video? 😦 I miss those! You’ll have to make those tacos and put it on a video young man. Figure out how to make those tacos and that avocado and sour cream sauce, that’s y’alls mission!

  3. Great pics! here’s the place I was telling you about on thursday in the office http://www.gunsandtacos.com/houston_tacos/tacos-tierra-caliente/

    find the truck, love the pastor & barbacoa and then buy me some! oh yeah, another must try – El Reys on washington… Cuban Taco… Beef, Plaintains, Black Beans, drizzle of sour cream… crazeee good

    • Yep..El Rey is the “King” alright! Awesome tacos…a coworker brought a whole bunch for the staff the other morning. There is one more place to try—Villa Arcos on Navigation. There was a review in the Chronicle…that may mean the “Kiss of Death”. Any thoughts on that?

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