Tacos for breakfast, tacos for lunch, tacos all the time! SA is awash with taco joints — many are quite good, and most of us have faves. Here are four that continue to amaze with homey goodness.
Henry's Puffy Tacos has been a family affair since 1978 at their original (and now express) location off Woodlawn. A larger location on Bandera opened in 2006. Their trademark puffy tacos are amazing, with pillowy shells that are remarkably lacking of grease and hold their integrity through each bite.
A plethora of choices here, but the best thing to order is of course, the namesake: tacos of all kinds, served on piping hot, homemade corn or flour tortillas. This little Mexican restaurant has received many awards, and tons of buzz from national publications, and for good reason: they're damned good.
145 E Hildebrand
Pete's has been delivering some of SA's best tacos for over four decades; they're good, and they're huge. As is the menu, which rivals Chinese restaurant length. Done in traditional Tex-Mex style, don't expect too much spice in your meal, but plenty of fresh ingredients. And if you need to turn up the heat, the bottle of fresh salsa nearby will make up the difference.
One of the most convincing claimants to the invention of the puffy taco, they have a patent number on display. If they didn't invent it, they certainly perfected it. The décor is a cross between 1880s ranch house and vintage '70s Tex-Mex "garage to den" conversion. Portions are large (bring the whole family). Our critics recommend the brisket puffy tacos.
822 SW 19th
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