In a city known for its Tex-Mex, delicious burritos are never more than a few blocks away in Houston. Perfectly seasoned meats, beans, veggies and cheese — all wrapped in a soft, fresh tortilla — are the fuel that keeps the city going. But if you want the best of the best, you can't go wrong with one of these great locations.
Tucked inside the heart of the Museum District, Bodega's is a great spot to grab some quick Tex-Mex — including burritos just the way you like them. Order up at the front, and watch as the staff load up a warm flour tortilla with your choices of rice, beans, meats and veggies. Then top it off with cheese and one of more than a dozen salsa options, and pair it with a house margarita or a strawberry agua fresca to round out a truly Tex-Mex experience.
Bonus: The restaurant is located right around the corner from the METRORail Red Line train's Museum District Station, making it an easy stop while touring the city's museums, downtown or sporting events.
Sure, there are a lot of build-your-own-burrito franchise joints out there — Chipotle, Moe's, Freebirds — but none of them top Uberrito when it comes to variety. Want to go beyond the white flour tortilla? How about trying one made with spinach or jalepeño cheddar? Tired of choose among chicken, beef or pork? This place also has grilled shrimp and beer-battered cod. Need more veggies than just green peppers and onions? Why not add sauteed spinach, mushrooms or jicama? Uberrito doesn't skimp on the choices.
Currently, there are only half a dozen locations — most of which are in the Houston area — but that could change as the popularity of this place catches on.
Tip: You can order ahead online by going to the company's website.
Taqueria Del Sol
If you prefer your burritos full of greasy goodness and served with a side of love, Taqueria Del Sol is the place to go. This mom-and-pop shop has a loyal following as much for its service as for its food, and its burritos are a crowd favorite. Guests choose from a long list of fillings — ranging from standard options like chicken breast or barbacoa to more adventurous choices like cactus or beef tongue — and it's all topped with generous helpings of beans, rice, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.
Bonus: This place is open late.
Houston isn't just one of the largest cities in the U.S., it's also one of the most diverse. Which is why it should be no surprise an Asian/Tex-Mex fusion burrito would make this list. Coreanos Korean BBQ burritos combine the best cultural flavors from Korean, American and Mexican cuisine, all stuffed into a delicious tortilla.
One of the most popular items on the menu is The OG — Korean-marinated steak with kimchi, crispy fries, cheese, pico de gallo and spicy mayo — but chicken, pork and tofu options are also available. Round out your meal with the Kimcheese or Three Wise fries.
Tip: The food truck's location changes from day to day. Check out its website or Twitter account for more info on hours and location.
Puebla's is a no-nonsense kind of place that focuses on two things: good food and good service. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Heights might be more well-known for its tacos, but its burritos shouldn't be overlooked — especially the breakfast burritos. Unlike many Tex-Mex joints, the food here isn't loaded with grease, and the restaurant gets its produce from local farmers markets. The bacon used for the breakfast burritos is thick-cut and savory, while the eggs are farm fresh. Even so, prices are cheap, and portions are generous.
Bonus: This place is open early.
As one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, it's only natural Lupitas would also make the list of best burritos. This family-friendly spot located in Sugar Land is worth the drive — even for the most ardent Inner Loopers — for the burritos alone. The ground beef burrito is stuffed with the typical rice and beans, but instead of the standard cheese, it's filled with chili con queso and topped with enchilada gravy. When the weather heats up in Houston, pair the burrito with one of Lupita's refreshing frozen margaritas.
Tip: Pair your burrito with one of the restaurant's refreshing margaritas, and finish out your meal with the banana flautas.
Bullritos might be a local chain — with 18 Houston-area locations — but its ubiquity should only speak to its quality. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, and the queso and guacamole are made from scratch daily. While not all of the fillings are the healthiest of options — these are burritos after all — lower fat options are available, like the fat-free refried black beans and grilled chicken breast, as well as a wider variety of veggies than is typically found at a burrito place.
Tip: If you want your burrito to-go, order ahead online using the website's ordering app to save on time.
El Tiempo Cantina has its roots in the birth of Tex-Mex as we know it — the mother of the restaurant's owners is believed to have popularized the fajita. But while its history certainly makes for an interesting back story, this local chain has become a favorite among Houstonians in no small part due to its consistently tasty food at reasonable prices.
The menu is extensive, to say the least — with dozens of traditional Tex-Mex dishes, including six different kinds of burritos. While all of them are delicious, your best bet is the fajita burrito: a large flour tortilla, filled with beans and your choice of chicken, beef or pork fajita. Top it with the red or green chili and cheese, and enjoy!