Using the words taco and deli in the same sentence makes my mouth water. I'm ok rocking a Doña Stache. Jess, Otto, and El Popeye are all my friends. If you don't get these references, chances are you haven't taken a breakfast taco tour in Houston, YET.
For the last 10 or so years, every single trip to Austin has included a trip to Taco Deli. I was super stoked to learn they were opening up their first location in Houston last year, and even more excited that it opened just down the street from me on Washington Avenue.
I go there a lot... but I also eat breakfast tacos just about every day. I'll share another post sometime about my homemade bfast taco recipes, but this guide is all about eating out.
I asked my Instagram friends if Taco Deli is the best breakfast taco in town, and 53% of the 49 responders said "HECK YES!". The others all provided lots of bacon-and-eggselent suggestions. Below is a list of my favorite spots, as well as some of my friends TOP recommendations.
Starting with my top pick, Taco Deli delivers. I recommend The Otto + Add Egg + Flour, with a cup of coffee. If you love queso, I'd recommend getting that on the side. Their sauces are lined up from mildest to most spicy and the Doña is right in the middle. This place isn't open for dinner, so your best bet really is to go for breakfast.
This spot was my taco-jam when I was living in the Heights. If you go too late in the morning, you might be waiting in a line that's going out the door. Their tortillas are made in house and absolutely delicious. The place is really spacious and has a back room that nobody really ever sits in, but plenty of seating despite the line out the door. Breakfast is served all day, so that statement alone means it's the best thing on the menu. @cateliza87 swears the green sauce at Chilosos is the best thing in the world.
This recommendation came from my fellow yoga teacher, @poopsbuds, who said "All the real Mexican places" are better than Taco Deli. She recommends all of the tacos, but especially likes the eggs + potatos.
Thanks to my former coworker and PR extraordinaire, @theycallmemimidiez, for sharing that Tierra Caliente now offers breakfast tacos! Tierra Caliente is a food truck, always across the street from West Alabama Ice House and was named 10 Best Foodie Spots in Houston in USA Today. The owner's daughter passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago, and the community came together to exceed the fundraising goal by over $7,000. Tierra Caliente loves their tacos, and their taco eaters love them back.
Tacos a Go Go
There are a few Tacos A Go Go's in town, and I've been there plenty of times for lunch, dinner, and margaritas.. but I really had no idea they even served breakfast tacos until @sarah_fitz42 recommended them as her favorite breakfast taco spot in town.
You might not really think of a hipster coffee shop as having the best tacos in town, but think again! Siphon makes their tacos in house, and they are absolutely delicious. It's nice that you can also get a really good cup of coffee with the tacos.
Greenway Coffee Company has drastically improved Houston's coffee scene, and now also treats us to delicious breakfast tacos. Morningstar is more known for their sugar-coma donuts, but I was able to try one of their tacos for the first time when they sponsored Free Yoga at Raven Tower with Black Swan. Since that "wait..did you say tacos?" exchange, I've been to Morningstar about a dozen times to get their tacos and super delicious coffee.
This is the 3rd realllly good coffee + realllly good tacos spot on the list. I've been going to Revival Market for breakfast tacos for years. It's not a traditional Mexican breakfast taco, but it's dang good. Everything at Revival Market is sourced within 90 miles of Houston, and they're using the highest quality ingredients to make their tacos. They're tacos are literally so good that the owners of Revival Market opened up a dedicated taco joint called 8th Row Flint. These folks know tacos. Insider tip: Revival Market gives away free coffee every Monday until 10am, so go there on Mondays, try a taco and get a free drip coffee.
Another Houstonian favorite, Brothers Tacos is located on the East Side of town. They have a buffet style, so even if the line is out the door, you're still going to get through the line relatively quickly and your food is going to be ready right away. And yes, there's usually a line out the door because it's really that good.
Do you have another taco joint that should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!