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Best Tacos: Midland-Odessa

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Photographs by Kelsey Foster

Al Pastor, Taqueria Guadalajara
Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4.25
Price: $2
At this American Graffiti–meets–Mexico joint, the baskets of cinnamon-and-achiote-spiked tacos al pastor are even better with a dash of chile de árbol salsa. (Your order is delivered carside but not on roller skates, alas.) 1301 S. Crane Ave, Odessa, 432-335-8808. Sun–Thur 6–11, Fri & Sat 6–3 a.m.

Capón, Twister Tacos
Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4
Price: $9/platter
This quartet of tacos features chewy flour tortillas topped with grilled steak, but the star is the side: a roasted green chile that oozes delectably with mozzarella. Slice that bad boy up and toss the pieces on your tacos. Talk about a chile con queso! 3601 Andrews Hwy, Odessa, 432-363-1701. Mon–Sat 10–8:30.

Barbacoa, Martinez Bakery
Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4.25
Price: $6.98/order of 4
They do tacos de barbacoa right at this Mexican bakery and cafe, balancing the rich, fatty meat with avocado wedges and slices of Roma tomato. Take a minute to admire the artwork painted on the building, especially the funky turtle with a bun for a shell. 206 E. Florida Ave, Midland, 432-683-3100. Tue–Sun 6–9:30.

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