Shrimp Puffy Taco (El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, Houston)
Where It's From: El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, 1201 Westheimer Rd., Houston
Why It's a Standout: No one has done more to defend the glories of old-school Tex-Mex as an authentic regional cuisine field than Houston writer Robb Walsh. At El Real, he and his partner, superstar chef Bryan Caswell, proved it deserves defense. The San Antonio-style shrimp puffy taco bests nearly anything in Alamo City with its inexplicably supple-yet-crisp shell harboring mesquite-grilled shrimp lounging with a vinegary cole slaw mix, tomato, and cilantro in a smear of jalapeño ranch sauce.