Here’s the deal, there are a ton of amazing taco places in Waco. Creating the Waco Taco Guide was actually extremely difficult because there are so many great options. We have the best chains, the best authentic options, and the best breakfast tacos.
So first, we start with breakfast tacos. This is easily the best of all the tacos (have you picked up on our love of breakfast yet?). And to be fair- we will be including breakfast burritos on this list as well. Not full-on burritos, just breakfast burritos.
Up first, it should be of no surprise to true Wacoans that Lolita’s is high in our ranking of delicious taco options. They are true, authentic Mexican food and their amazing. If you are feeling hungrier than two mere tacos that morning, upgrade your order to the “Elephante” and you will leave fully satisfied.
Up next, we believe Leal’s is one of Woodway’s best secrets. You have to know what you’re looking for to find it and that’s one of our favorite facts about it. Their breakfast burritos are packed full of goodies, everyone there is extremely friendly AND they use ketchup bottles to dispense their salsa. The genius of this is not to be overlooked.
A newcomer, Rufi’s Cocina is as authentic as they come. Located in the 25th street pocket of developing culture, this part of town is up and coming. Go check it out, you will not be disappointed. The real key here is the salsa. The owner is a salsa connoisseur, and if you are lucky enough to get the chance to ask him about it he’ll give you the full rundown.
Although it’s a chain, we as a community should all take a moment to celebrate the addition of this fine institution into our city. I don’t ever want it to be lost on our city how within just about five years we managed to adopt some of the coolest, chicest, trendiest chain food restaurants possible. If you haven’t already had the breakfast tacos at Torchy’s, then you’re missing out and this should be your first stop. They’re cheap, they’re delicious and they’re even better when you add potatoes. Order and #1 add potatoes and you will realize this is debatably the best item on their menu…. minus the fried cookie dough things which are their own caliber of delicious.
Taqueria El Crucero
Up next, this bad boy is another hidden Waco gem that serves up incredible breakfast tacos and burritos. If you up for the adventure, they’re right off the circle, so grab a friend and check it out. Taqueria El Crucero the real deal. And, the best part is that you can get a pancake on the side. Best of both worlds.
Brazos Bar and Bistro
Another newcomer, the Brazos Bar and Bistro is all things chic and trendy. It’s located inside of Hotel Indigo and has recently developed quite the brunch menu (more on this later.) Their tacos are simple and to the point, including and concentrating on the basics while creating a beautiful presentation. And, pro tip, the mimosas are incredible. Their flavors vary from strawberry basil to prickly pear. Get a mimosa with your breakfast taco and you will have a very successful brunch experience.
The Olive Branch not only has some of our favorite coffee in Waco (check out their 254 blend, it’s incredible) but they also have an incredible breakfast burrito. filled with egg, potatoes, bacon, AND sausage. This is one of those places that you can be a true local. Three visits in and they start to recognize you, and that’s the kind of feel-good atmosphere we need as a community.
*We provide this break to inform you that we are throwing a curve ball in your direction*
Coffee Shop Cafe
Now this one is out of left field, but we are being 100% honest when we say this- The Coffee Shop Cafe in McGregor has some of the best breakfast tacos in Waco. I know technically we just said they’re in McGregor but their tacos filled with bacon, egg, cheese and hash browns all mixed together to create the perfect balance of flavors and textures will make you forget that fact very quickly. We don’t know how they do it, but they do it well.
Another curveball, but we just would like to say that they have some dadgum good breakfast tacos. Who would have thought brisket would make such a great addition to Tocos? Rudy’s did, and they’re delicious. Check them out and you will be pleasantly surprised.
The research for this article was grueling, but we will eat as many Tacos as we need to find the best. If you have any tips, let us know! We’re gearing up for part two and we want your input!
For more brunch ideas, check out our some of our favorite places to go eat brunch in Waco!