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15 Great Tacos in Houston

Taco Keto

Deshebrada

In the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods east of downtown—variously called the East End, Eastwood, or the more trendy “EaDo”—the blue-collar businesses of this traditionally Hispanic area sit side-by-side with an influx of art galleries and coffee shops. It is also here that you will find the tiny, blood-red taco trailer known as Taco Keto wedged into a corner of the parking lot of Julio’s Auto Shop (“mecanica en general”). Taco Keto is a play on the Spanish word coketo (coquette in English), which means “one who flirts.” And indeed the menu here is quite flirty, with rarely seen tacos like guilotas (quail) and deshebrada (shredded beef). Even more unique are the corn tortillas which are slathered with a red chili sauce before being warmed on the flat top, a tradition from northern Mexico that harkens back to the proto-enchiladas of that area, featuring flat layers of tortillas, red chile sauce, and cheese.
1401 Cullen Blvd, 713-224-1898. Open Tue–Wed 5 p.m.–11 p.m., Thur–Sat 11–midnight.

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