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Taqueria Barba

 2119 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX
 

Consistently Great Food

If you’re a fan of authentic taqueria fare look no further. Taqueria Barba makes their food fresh and fast! The best way to experience it is right on the spot. Taqueria Barba is a brand new Washington Avenue food truck based out of Houston, Texas. They specialize in Tex-Mex food offering among other options terrific tacos and burritos. The truck has can generally be found 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily just off of Washington Avenue along across from Catalina Coffee on Hemphill Street where it has been located since October 2015.

Unpretentious and cheery, the efficient and eager-to-please staff reinforces the welcoming vibe. The truck’s wrap (that’s the decorative artwork on the truck itself, not the edible kind) features a skeletal hand holding a taco thrust heavenwards while simultaneously being struck by a bolt of lightning. I understand why our boney friend and the taco gods are so enthusiastic.

Taqueria Barba dazzles with inventive riffs on taqueria-style tacos served on locally made tortillas that are generously filled and topped with the traditional complement of cilantro and onions unless you prefer your tacos otherwise, in which case they’ll happily oblige, with a wedge of lime on the side. The tacos are gorgeous to behold, with a noticeable attention to aesthetics and presentation which reminds me that I am far, far, from Taco Bell. The tacos look incredible, and believe it or not, they taste even better.

I always look forward to returning to try one of the many delectable menu options. You can plan on loosening your belt no matter what you order. That includes the other items that carried over from the truck’s menu. Needless to say, plan on sharing. And even then, you’ll probably be taking home leftovers while congratulating yourself on scoring so much good food for such a reasonable price.

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  • 6/24/2017

    Alaingh tried Taqueria Barba, liked it, and rated it . Alaingh liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    If you're a fan of authentic taqueria fare look no further. Taqueria Barba makes their food fresh and fast! The best way to experience it is right on the spot. Taqueria Barba is a brand new Washington Avenue food truck based out of Houston, Texas. They sp
    Cons
    The establishment did not have beverages for sale by noon on my most recent visit.
  • 2/15/2017

    Alaingh tried Seasons 52 Restaurant in Memorial, liked it, and rated it . Alaingh liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 6/26/2016

    Alaingh tried Casa Alberto, didn't like it, and rated it . Alaingh liked the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 3/06/2016

    Alaingh tried Brio Tuscan Grille in Memorial and liked it. Alaingh liked the food.

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