Carnitas Taco (Taqueria Zacatecas, Waco)
Where It's From: Taqueria Zacatecas, 2311 La Salle Ave., Waco
Why It's a Standout: With the best carnitas, you can't taste the lard exactly – you just know that something wonderful, and probably unhealthy, happened to the meat you're eating. Case in point: Taco Z's perfect crackling pork, golden and glossy and rich as the finest confit, accentuated with just a few dabs of the raging-hot homemade salsa and a squeeze of citrus. This central Mexico–influenced taquería exists far enough from the Baylor University campus that no one ends up there by accident – ensuring that the magnificent carnitas remain Waco's best-kept secret.