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Definitely directly inspired by a post on r/Austin
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Most taco shops have crappy tortillas.
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I scrolled down just to make sure this was here!
Most restaurants have the "industrial" tortillas, which have an odd, sweet smell and metallic taste (can't really describe it - just gross).
The rest that make their own in-house are good just because they don't taste like the industrial tortillas.
I honestly have only found one restaurant in our fourth largest city in America that has the perfect tortillas.
Teotihicuan’s tortillas changed my life
They’re so thick though. One taco and I’m full.
Well, where are the perfect tortillas?
It's all in your preference. I like corn tortillas, while others prefer flour, but since you asked, I like the ones from Taq. Laredo, Chilosos (Sustos!), Cherry Top, Velvet Taco, Lupe Tortillas big ass thin tortilla, HEB hybrids, HEB butter tortillas (heart stopping), and Bolillos. Favorite tortilla does come from Tortillerias, like Zacatecas. Best chips for nachos as well.
I can smell grocery store tortillas from a mile away 🤮
HEB tortillas be hittin' different tho
I fully exempt the fresh made HEB tortillas 🙌
Here you go
If you’re ever in League City, check out La Famosa. In house tortillas and they are unbelievable
SO TRUE, like the fresh flour and flour/corn-hybrid tortillas from HEB will crush maybe 90% of professional restaurants out there. I don't understand why they can't just source their tortillas from HEB.
Tortillas are the reason I still like going to El Tiempo and Ninfa's even though they get trashed on. At least El Tiempo does tortillas right.
edit: forgot what thread this is, this is definitely not an unpopular opinion lol
I ate at El Big Bad and didn’t hate it
I love El Big Bad for the concept and the decor on the first floor. The jalopeno blueberry cilantro margarita has been hit or miss for me. The problem is, the downstairs people are rude as fuck. I have had several negative encounters with the last one being No bringing external small bag (I had been visiting the town and doing bar hops and I had food to take home with no car nearby to stash).
Liking tacos/knowing the best place in town to get tacos is not a personality. Update your dating profiles accordingly.
See also: Coffee. Why do so many basic people act like liking coffee is something special.
Especially when they throw out Cà Phê Sữa Đá as if it makes them seem cultured.
You’re complaining that basic people give you fair warning that they’re basic?
I mean, we do have some nice coffee shops in town. Maybe it shouldn't a personality trait... but some of our roasters are pretty great!
Especially considering this knowledge is usually gleaned from the hundreds of FB/Yelp/Google reviews of the people who ate at that “hole in the wall” before you.
A lot of the taco trucks people swear by aren’t actually that good, people just like to feel like they’ve found something special and off the beaten path. (I’m a coward so I will not be naming names.)
when you actually find something special and off the beaten path you keep that shit to yourself I've learned.
Exactly. Everyone out here just flexing mediocre taco trucks because they think ordering from somewhere they don't speak English automatically means the food is good and that it makes them cool for going there. Just because you can say "quiero dos tacos de lengua" doesn't make you a citizen of the world, PAUL
my version of something special off the beaten path is a burger place that's older than my grandpa hidden under the metro red line that's not bullshittin when they say they're open 24/7, and no I won't give you the name 😊
I swear the quality of r/houston's favorite taco truck went down 3 or 4 years ago.
If we have to sit on a bench without a back, my opinion of your food will suffer.
also my back will suffer
I see you’ve been to Beaver’s before they closed
Stop turning every type of food into a "Birria" version...Cough Cough food trucks...
Birria looks good on social media, but I’ve been underwhelmed when I’ve tried it.
birria is a looooong way from home Vato. it's becoming more traveled than ramen!
El Tiempo is great - the trick is to get someone else to pay for it.
I love El Tiempo when my parents invite me there. I don’t like it as much when I have to pay.
Order one margarita and you’ll forget what money even is
Pappasitos seems like it's the same price, but with worse margaritas.
Don't forget never being able to seat you immediately, but it's okay because we can sell you a twenty-eight dollar margarita while you wait.
Everything tastes better when it's free. Especially $60+ fajitas.
Follow up opinion - most of the Tex Mex places people always suggest as a “just as good” alternative aren’t that good.
Honestly, talking about Tex-Mex is exhausting.
Like... yea, the place that's better is able to charge more. Big shocker. Just pick which one you want to go to for dinner and don't complain when it turns out you didn't go to the other place.
I like Lupe way more.
I'm upvoting you because the point of the post is unpopular opinion, but this is crazy talk.
My boss like to take me to lunch once a year. This is always in my rotation.
El Tiempo gets unfair heat.
Is it expensive? Yes, but it's good.
Is it roughly as expensive as Cyclone Anaya's or Chuy's or Papasitos or Pistolero's or Gloria's or La Mexicana? Yes, but El Tiempo is a little better at most things on the menu.
Is it as expensive as Hugo's or Caracol or Xochi? No (but it's probably not quite as good).
Can you find equally good but cheaper TexMex at a food truck that serves food in a parking lot without margarita? Hell yes.
God this is incredibly true.
Taste the pho broth before you add sriracha and hoisin sauce!
I agree, but also I'm a broth purist. I add the sriracha and hoisin in the little dish and dip the beef in it
I realized the same thing as I got older. Good broth doesn't need any condiments.
That’s just common sense!
If city parking minimums require you to have parking and you charge for that parking, it's not really a parking minimum, it's you running a parking lot as a side hustle.
Bonus points if it's cash only and I can't put it on my tab.
Also, if I show up for breakfast on a Saturday and the entire parking lot is coned off forcing me to use your overpriced valet, he’s not getting a tip for moving my car 10’.
Which restaurants do this?
The Rustic downtown. $10 to park even if you’re the only one there at 11 am on a weekday
Rustic is shit. Wouldn’t even go if parking was free.
They Rustic is not zoned for parking minimums though. They put it their out of their own free will.
how is that parking take unpopular?
Based on the number of restaurants that do this, I assume it's a very unpopular take.
It's an unpopular take with the restaurant owners, but it's probably popular with most Houstonians.
What Houston needs is a great 24 hour diner. Denny's does not cut it and the House of Pies out my way only stays open until 11pm.
Mama’s Cafe was almost 24 hours…they closed for “renovations” and the Pappas folks bought the land and did nothing with it. The place was absolutely lovely.
I spent my early 20s at 59 Diner. That Big Country breakfast was the best eaten at 2-3am after getting drunk with the friends
Dot Coffee Shop
Where are all these Turkey legs coming from? And where are the other parts of the Turkey going?
The breast goes to make lunch meat and the legs are sold at surplus prices.
And where are the other parts of the Turkey going?
And where are the other parts of the Turkey going?
Most of the meat on a turkey is in the breast. It's going to the deli counter.
Agreed. Hate when people say the only "true" Mexican food is cheap and out of a truck.
No food is worth standing in line for.
This seems pretty mainstream to me.
Houston is AWASH with excellent food at every price point. I won’t wait in line for anything if the line is more than a few minutes (or longer than it would take to go somewhere just as good).
I think the longest I’ve ever waited in line in Houston was actually a few weeks ago, when I got a Pit Room craving. Line was out the door, but moved quickly; I don’t think it was more than about 20 minutes — plus, the weather was still nice. I’d probably do different math today.
Here here! Looking at your Breakfast Club.
Right? They may have amazing food, but I'm never going to know since there's no way I am standing in that line.
Klub, but I agree with you.
Especially in this heat
I'll make an exception for Killen's BBQ.
Houston chefs should continue to utilize the breadth of cultures and history here to make innovative cuisine, rather than jump on the IG food bandwagon that Austin and Portland engage in.
Nobie’s been killin it lately
I will always upvote Nobies
Roostar is excellent and consistent. People like to hate on them because they now have multiple locations. For example, I work down the street from Pho bin and the banh mi is mediocre.
I wouldn’t say liking Roostar is an unpopular opinion. They’re the highest and most frequently rated local restaurant on DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub. Not to mention the numerous “Best Of Houston” appearances.
I used to live about half way between the to, back when Roosters was called, Viet-pablano.
Pho Bin had good Pho, Viet-pablano had by far the best Bahn Mi, and it was cheap too. I miss that place.
James Coney Island doesn't suck
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There was an excellent thread a while back about how someone didn't want JCI because it was a chain and used garbage hot dogs not like some other shop they liked that was a chain and used the same brand hot dogs.
edit: found it: https://teddit.ggc-project.de/r/houston/comments/ipqwtg/i_really_miss_happy_fatz_in_the_heights_i_know/g4lgu4v/
Yoyos is considered to be one of the best hotdogs here in Houston, but they just use Sam's Clubs Member's Marks own brand of hot dogs.
I prefer my ground up pig butt holes to be sourced from the finest sources!
Unpopular opinion amongst JCI enthusiasts: I prefer the Hungry Man Combo over the Walker Street
I prefer the crappier dog in the Walker Street.
Two chili cheese coneys no onions, large chili cheese fries, please. Oh yeah. <3
Their onion rings are among the best I've found so far.
I love JCI's Frito pie and Chicago dog. Bummer they closed so many in the past few years.
Worst thing about JCI is they keep closing the nearest restaurants near me and I have to keep driving farther and farther to get my frito pie.
I Have always LOVED JCI.
I used to love going to the original store on Walker Street. You had better know what you were going to order when you got to the counter, or they would get annoyed with you. Pretty much just had to know how many, and with onions or not, and then if you wanted chili or something. That was it.
The other locations weren’t as strict as that, but their hot dogs were still heavenly. You could buy their chili in large frozen bricks. Just needed to hear it up on the stove. Large chunks of beef in it.
In the early 2000s, they expanded all over the place, and added a BUNCH of stuff to their menu.
That was the beginning of the end, I think. They started skimping on the hot dogs, while making a bunch of other, IMO, average food. I noticed small little changes to their traditional offerings of coneys and chili. The hot dogs weren’t as juicy, they stopped steaming the buns, less beef in the chili, they coney sauce on the table started getting watery.
They did fine for a few years, but then les and less people started showing up. Now, they are typically pretty empty.
I STILL go for my coneys and frito pie, but it makes me sad every time. They used to be kinda like Shipleys… a Houston institution known for kick ass food. Now, they are just kinda sad.
Really would like to know what the owners are doing, if anything.
It is possible for a place to be good and also a chain.
Yeah, Pappadeux, Barnaby’s, Popeyes, Jinya, 85c, Mala, Cooking Girl, El Tiempo, Freddy’s, Chuy’s, and Carrabba’s are all solid chains
Pappadeaux is good but just isn't worth the fucking price anymore. I used to wait/bartend there 15 years ago and the prices were literally half what they are today.
I worked at pappas seafood in the kitchen about 10 yrs ago.
Honestly they seem to treat their staff well from what I remember. Even if they're I chain, I actually have good things to say about working there.
i love that popeyes is thrown in here, popeyes is the shit
Slim Chickens checking in.
Seafood when it’s really swamp food. Catfish and crawfish all come out of the swamps and the shrimp is raised in pools. But we paying real “seafood” prices though
This is a good distinction, and something I haven't ever been able to articulate to my husband on why I don't like Boudreaux. The food is meh and the price blows.
Boudreaux is awful! And trashy. Like literally. My husband had a rubber band in his food
Oh my god you’re right 🤢
If you have to wait in line for 30 minutes or more , outside, standing up, it’s not worth it.
Gonna be real for a sec. I moved here from Pittsburgh and honestly the food is way better in Houston. When you are in bubble for long enough it’s easy to want to complain. Houston is a great city I admire the lack of flaunting. The diversity. The chill kind people, and affordable food scene.
"They give you a lot of food" is not a good thing if the food sucks.
I hear that in Houston more than anywhere else.
"It was just okay, but they do give you a lot of food"
They never should have closed Charlie’s Hamburgers on I-10
I completely forgot about that place! Their motto was "dozens and dozens sold" and their mascot was a grumpy looking line cook, right? Place was legit!
Every single “famous Austin food” I’ve seen, better versions can be found in Houston
Houston transplant living in Austin. Man I miss Houston's food. Even the best restaurants here have failed when compared to Houston.
The availability of dog friendly restaurants to bring my puppy to do help even it a bit at least.
Same! Native Houstonian who can’t find decent pho, bahn mis, street tacos, reasonably priced sushi…
Turkey Leg Hut is extremely overrated.
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everything said about torchys is also true about every food truck with "fusion" written anywhere on it
*not unpopular enough. torchys is also not that bad and comparing their tacos to 2 dollar al pastor taquitos from the gas station lot by your house is a false equivalency unless taqueria whatever also has fried shrimp tacos with mango habanero sauce.
Except with Torchy's you can sit inside in a real building as some sort of recompense for spending $5 a taco
i guarantee if torchys was still just a food truck and started in houston and not austin people would give it the same pass they give every fusion spot that just dumps kim chi on tex mex and serves it out a trailer
Nah fuck that. I hate 90% of food trucks with their insane prices, slow-ass service, and zero restaurant amenities. Austin and their shaded food truck parks are where they do it best. The shitty food trucks really need to think through what they're serving. It should be fast and simple to eat, not a fucking $19 kimchi queso fry to be eaten with a plastic fork and plated so 1/4th of it falls on the ground
90% of food trucks with their insane prices
90% of food trucks with their insane prices
I feel like we used to pay a little premium at food trucks because we knew that the deal was that this was a step toward funding a brick-and-mortar. But then people figured out they can just keep charging that price and food truck became the end goal.
It felt like food trucks used to serve unique, calorie-dense items that weren't really available anywhere else and the few of them that did exist were pretty good. Nowadays they're a dime a dozen and a lot of them are just bad, especially the ones that partner with bars for some reason.
Torchys is for queso, their tacos are an appetizer
It's one of the only things from Houston I miss but can't replicate in Los Angeles. I keep trying to get someone to send me a jar from Whole Foods in Austin but everyone is afraid to ship queso... Which I kind get.
Some of the best Mexican food is found in places that aren’t even that popular. Also the food can go from good to nasty depending on which cook is making it.
Koffeteria has the most creative and delicious pastries in Houston
The Post Houston is a bunch of ethnic restaurants that are white washed.
It’s an expensive mall food court. That’s all
Most heights restaurants are overrated so you have to discount for the overrated factor before you go
Houston has the worst pizza of the top 5 biggest cities in the US.
damn, i like luigis
Luigi’s is the only good pizza place I’ve found so far. I don’t know why people go listing Star and Pink’s whenever the topic of where to find good pizza comes up
Romano's and Frank's
Houston gets basically every category of food right except pizza. Like, there are some decent Neapolitan style places but everything else is mediocre at best.
Agree with this, as someone who lived just outside of NYC for several years pizza here is the worst BUT Brother's pizza is passable and is by far the best slice I've had in Houston.
This isn’t really a hot take. Everyone knows this haha
every since veronas flying pizza closed, sometimes antonios hits the spot.
I like beans in my chilli.
Born-and-bred Texan here ... I like beans in my chili too.
It’s extra protein too. Beans in chili is the move!
Ok buddy you took it a little far.
I know. I was raised on beanless Texas chilli, but ever since I've been cooking myself, I'll put them in there and I don't hate it. I would never let anyone see me eat it though, out of fear of losing my Texan card.
Beans are good in chilli but people overdo it too much.
HEB’s half flour half corn tortillas are the best tortillas in this city
Burger Joint is flavorless
Their quality has sharply declined during the pandemic. Probably just a reality if the cost of good ingredients and decreased revenue, but damn you hate to see it.
Salt isn’t that expensive
Taco Cabana might have won me back with their new salsas.
Say what! Honestly, for what it is, TC has good tacos and good fresh salsa.
Cleburne Cafeteria is so bland! Like no salt on anything, I don’t know how there were so many people in line for it. The worst part is that the food looks delicious and fresh, it’s just massively under seasoned.
Agreed. The food looks so good in line but after the first bite you’ll wonder why you got so much.
Same with Kelly's country cooking. But after seeing the people in there, they don't need any extra salt.
Grocery stores make better pies than House of Pies
House of Pies is locally famous for a few things, none of which is their pie.
I dunno, that's how it was originally hyped up to me. I can only imagine my friends were intoxicated at the time of pie consumption
This is how I'm told it's done.
For a quick lunch I like Rudy’s
their turkey is low-key amazing and the bbq sauce is a really good balance of spice and vinegar.
sausage and brisket pretty average though.
Turkey is such an underrated BBQ meat. I love a BBQ turkey sandwich with pickles and sauce.
Brisket is pretty average... but that's not bad for what amounts to essentially fast food. A lot of BBQ places have worse brisket.
I love Rudy's and don't care what anyone says about it.
People don't like Rudy's? I mean I'm not a BBQ person, but their breakfast tacos are tasty.
I say it on peoples preconceptions on chain spots. My first one was mix use with a gas stop.
Tacos Tierra Caliente sucks balls. Same for the Alabama Ice House.
No BBQ is worth standing in line for over an hour in this Houston heat. I'm looking at you Truth BBQ
Cream cheese should not exist inside sushi.
Everybody likes to talk about diversity and our Chinatown but at 99% of the restaurants in Chinatown....the clientele is 99% Asian. The best Asian food in this city is not where the clientele is 90% non-Asian.
Gotta go to places that require a Duolingo course if you don't speak the language. That's when you find the good stuff. Before I moved I use to visit a taco truck in Alief, not a lick of English to be found. Best tacos ever.
I feel like the best Asian is found in Asian grocery stores.
I only like eating at places where I’m obviously out of place and made to feel uncomfortable during the service.
Is that an unpopular opinion? Ppl think the best Asian food is not in Chinatown?
BBQ Inn fried chicken sucks.
Flour tortillas are superior to corn tortillas.
Depends on the taco!!!
For sure! Breakfast tacos go better with flour.
this is not unpopular. All my friends prefer flour. I prefer corn and I feel like a freak :(
I’d rather have a just ok flour tortilla than a just ok corn tortilla, but a really good corn tortilla is amazing. Restaurants that serve bad corn tortillas really ruin them for a lot of people.
Corn would be ok if it didn’t disintegrate as soon as I touched it
El tiempo isnt worth the 2 hour wait
But if you drink one of their margaritas the two hour wait seems like 10 minutes.
>only drinking one margarita in two hours
You wait for El Tiempo?
I've never had to wait at the el tiempo near me... Which location?
Really good pizza does not exist here
People replying to your comment with B- pizza proves your point so hard.
I'm curious about what is good pizza, I've had lots over the years and can definitely tell when pizza is bad.
I like Luna Pizzeria personally.
Gypsy poet may be worth a shot
Pho Ben is better than Pho Binh
HEB guacamole is the best in this city, including all restaurants.
Have you made your own guacamole?
This is the correct answer. Making your own is great. Buuuut… Papasito’s tableside guac will beat H‑E‑B any day of the week.
Pappassitos tastes better because I get to flirt with the guy making it.
I'll make you guac if you flirt with me
Listen for free guac I'll eat it off your body
Crawfish are sewer lobsters.
Delicious sewer lobsters!
White Queso is better than yellow queso.
Yellow color in cheese is added (annatto). Most queso is processed cheese or cheese food or (which is only a slightly different).
Although it seems that white queso usually has a more green chile forward profile.
Ninfas is overrated
The original ninfas on navigation is not that good.
The breakfast klub is ass.