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It's National Taco Day: Where to find Houston's best tacos

It's National Taco Day: Where to find Houston's best tacos

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Let's be real: Every day in Houston is taco day. It just so happens that on Oct. 4, the country catches up by celebrating National Taco Day.

Since we at CultureMap are loathe to instigate a riot by trying to rank the best taco shops and taquerias around town (there's just too many!), we've decided to share our personal favorites. From exotic meats to vegetarian fare, it turns out tacos should be their own delicious food group.

 Since we at CultureMap are loathe to instigate a riot by trying to rank the best taco shops and taquerias around town (there's just too many!), we've decided to share our personal favorites. 

Breakfast tacos from El Ultimo

"Bacon, beans and eggs from this bingity-bangity, festively painted bus that stops at the corner of Long Point and Antoine. Crispy bacon, real refried beans (with lard) and fresh eggs wrapped in a large handmade corn tortilla. Oh! And topped with spicy salsa made by the wife of one of the venders." -Barbara Kuntz, photo editor

Fish tacos from Ruggles Green

"Ruggles Green fish tacos absolutely effin' rule. Gotta get them grilled, not fried, to maintain a perfect level of "lightness" that's so pivotal to the fish taco experience." -Tyler Rudick, staff writer

Crispy tacos from Molina's Cantina

"Every once in a while I crave the kind of tacos that I grew up with: crunchy shells, ground beef, piles of shredded yellow cheese. These have all of the above and despite a plate that's covered in grease, they never seem to get soggy. They are miracle tacos." -Sarah Rufca, associate editor

Fried avocado taco at H-Town StrEATs

"It's a great combo of crunch (fried avocado) and spice (they top it off with sriracha), and they put a cabbage slaw on top that balances the two flavors really well. It's on a fresh corn tortilla which just ties the whole thing together. The batter they use to fry the avocado is key too — it's really crunchy." -Emily Goetz, marketing coordinator

Anything from 100% Taquito

"I love 100% because it's authentic and cheap." -Anna Domning, office manager

Brisket tacos at Otto's BBQ

"I know this is a little different, but I find myself eating them pretty often. They are piled full of lean chopped brisket with avocado and a little onion, just right." -Chad Miller, chief sales officer

Vegetarian taco from Tacos Tierra Caliente

"It's not listed on the menu plastered on the side of this ramshackle truck near West Alabama Ice House, but it'll please even the meatiest eater. Melted white cheese forms the base on the flour tortilla, topped by pico, lettuce and a hefty serving of always-perfect avocado — served with a squeeze of lime and a drizzle each of red and green salsa, and at $2.00 each, this taco really can't be beat." -Whitney Radley, staff writer

Cuban taco at El Rey Taqueria

"You can't complain about fusion cuisine when the result is something as pure awesome as this. The combination of fajita chicken, black beans, mushy plantains and sour cream is totally unique and as delicious as it is messy." -Sarah Rufca, associate editor

Fish tacos from Berryhill Baja Grill

"It's the original and just so good … I grew up on these." -Meredith Riddle, senior account executive

Fried avocado taco from Radical Eats

"Because every veggie taco should have something fried. And the taco is vegan and gluten-free, and though it does taste a tad gluten-free-ish, it's still darn good." -Joel Luks, listings editor

Snapper taco at El Gran Malo

"The fish tacos at El Gran Malo have freshly seared snapper that's really flavorful." -Emily Goetz, marketing coordinator

Verde Taco at Tacos A Go-Go

"Deliciousness: The mixed veggies are fresh and crisp, zucchini piled atop a scoop of black beans and drizzled with an unidentifiable spicy cream sauce, all on a double-layer of perfect corn tortillas. They're a great deal at $1.99 each, but make it a plate (two tacos plus rice and beans) for just $6.69 — you won't regret it." -Whitney Radley, staff writer

LCC Tacos at Last Concert Cafe

"I just tried the crispy tacos here and they were awesome. This is my new go-to place for tacos." -Meredith Riddle, senior account executive