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Houston - Villa Arcos Tacos

Jesse James | Mar 12, 2005 10:49 AM

I tried John Scar's highly-touted Villa Arcos Tacos this morning for breakfast. WOW! That's GREAT stuff.

When I first pulled up, I couldn't find a parking spot on the street...that was the first sign of good things to come. The line was only 5-6 deep when I walked in, but after I put in my order it was quickly all the way back to the door. The place was pretty much to capacity, but the service was quick (5-10 minutes). Everything was efficiently run, so you're in and out quickly.

Unfortunately I left home with only three bucks in my pocket, so I could only afford a single taco and a cup of coffee. Not that I needed two tacos; one was sufficient, but I wouldn't have minded stuffing another one down my craw.

I had the chorizo super taco, and it was excellent. The fresh tortillas are key to their tacos. The salsa was excellent as well...but HOT, and this is coming from a guy who loves it hot. Using a full container of salsa left a nice burn (that's a good thing). If you don't like it hot, go easy on the salsa, or skip it altogether.

I'm glad I stopped by, for more than just the food. I've always like the 2nd Ward, but it's been a while since I driven through. I love the history of the East End...the fact that parts of it (Harrisburg) are older than the city of Houston itself.

Villa Arcos is on Navigation, just a block or two from the Original Ninfas. There were also some flyers announcing the grand opening next week of Arcos Express on St. Emmanuel (in one of the Chinatown malls).

I'll definitely be back...maybe next weekend I'll have the Villa Arcos for breakfast and Ninfas for lunch or dinner. I've been meaning to get back to's been a good 10 years since the last time I was there.

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