1. Ray's Drive In (San Antonio)
Ray's serves something called a "puffy taco," which is a taco with a deep-fried shell. This is what you want to get. It might sound like disgusting, greasy fair food, but it adds a complexity to the taco that's unmatched by anything else.
2. Anita's Cafe (Edinburg)
This is kind of a build-your-own taco, which is pretty cool because you can control how much filling is inside. The infamous overstuffed taco that drips all over your plate is an abomination of the past. Pictured above is a chorizo, egg, and refried bean plate with flour tortillas on the side. Yum!
3. Fonda Don Martin (Laredo)
Everything here is made with the freshest ingredients and plenty of love, especially considering how long its been in operation. And although they emphasize atmosphere and plating, the quality and flavor aren't sacrificed at all like at many other restaurants. I've heard their breakfast tacos are the best, but anything on the menu is guaranteed to be delicious.
4. H & H Car Wash and Coffee Shop (El Paso)
I know this picture isn't the best quality - it certainly doesn't do the restaurant justice. H & H is an extremely popular pit stop for travelers driving through El Paso, and I promise the food is out of this world. The several different varieties of breakfast tacos are the definite favorites.
5. Urban Taco (Dallas)
I know us Texans don't usually go for the 'modern' places, but just hear me out on this one. The owner is from Mexico City, so he definitely knows what he's doing flavor wise - he just chooses to put an urban spin on the appearance and taste sensations of the authentic Mexican items. Their specialty is an al pastor (slow-roasted pork) taco marinated in habenero salsa with fried Manchego cheese, jalapenos, avocado, and salsa.
6. La Posada (Austin)
This little hole-in-the-wall place is so small, you'll pass it up if you blink too long. The must-try here is - wait for it - beef tongue. I know it sounds disgusting but I promise it's anything but. It's braised with onions, peppers, and tomatoes, ladled onto a pan-fried flour tortilla, and topped with a mild salsa and garnished with cilantro. I dare you to go outside of your comfort zone - I promise you won't be disappointed.
7. Jesse's Taqueria & Bakery (Bryan)
We all know family owned restaurants are the best, so you're definitely in for a treat at Jesse's. The best part? The tacos are made in burrito-sized tortillas. That's especially exciting for those of us with Texas-sized appetites like myself. If you're ever in the mood for a potato, bacon, egg & cheese taco the size of your head, this is the place to go.
8. EL Tejavan (Amarillo)
If you aren't into pork but love the vibrant flavor of al pastor, today is your lucky day because this restaurant uses beef instead. It's nestled in a fresh corn tortilla and topped with cilantro, onions, and served with chunky guacamole, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa on the side to suit everyone's individual preferences.
9. Taqueria Jalisco #1 (Corpus Christi)
This family-owned diner has been around for decades serving up their specialty, shredded dried beef otherwise known as manchaca, for decades. They pair it with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, jalapenos, and onions and wrap it all in a fluffy, cloud-like flour tortilla. You can't miss this one, y'all.
10. Mercadito y Taqueria (Galveston)
This is the best Mexican "restaurant" on the island, and anyone who says differently has the incorrect opinion. I put "restaurant" in quotation marks because it's actually a grocery store, but us Texans know that the most unassuming places often serve the best food. All the tacos are good, but the pork tacos with two corn tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and red salsa, are delectable.
Have you been to any of these taco joints? Which one is your favorite? What are some other great places to get tacos in Texas?