Barbacoa Taco (Tierra Caliente, Houston)

Where It's From: Tierra Caliente, 1919 W. Alabama St., Houston

Why It's a Standout: The clientele of Tierra Caliente – mostly from the nearby open-air dive bar – probably don't realize how good they've got it with Tierra Caliente's barbacoa, an irresistible, shreddy beef barbecue sputtering with rich flavor accentuated with cilantro and undercut with chopped onions. Fair warning: The salsas pack more heat than a gun range in July. Fortunately there's lots of ice-cold beer nearby.