Where are the best tacos in Jim Wells and Duval counties? Here's what South Texans say.
Ask a South Texan where to go for the best taco and the response is normally answered with a few questions in return.
What kind of taco, breakfast, hard shell, flour, or corn? Then the homemade salsa questions follow.
In South Texas, the perfect taco has everything to do with fresh ingredients, skill and one more key factor - being homemade.
These taco hot spots are located between the county lines of Jim Wells and Duval County and were chosen in response to a Facebook post from the Alice Echo-News Journal, which gathered close to 600 comments.
Here's where to find the best tacos the locals can't stop talking about.
1. Nortex Bakery and Mexican Food
Restaurant hours: Tues- Sun 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Nortex Bakery has been around for over 30 years in Alice. The reason locals rave about Nortex Bakery and their tacos is most notably because of their seasoned baker of 55 years, Ruben Contreras. A Mexico native, Contreras specializes in the cultural tradition of Mexican authenticity and the large majority of South Texans agree his tortillas and pastries are something special.
Restaurant hours: Mon. - Sat. 4:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Contact: (361) 668-2029
Big Taco in Alice specializes in Carne Guisada, flour tortillas and homemade salsa. "One of our biggest sellers is the killer taco," Owner Jesus Ceja said. "The killer taco consists of just about everything, chicharrones, chorizo, sausage, bean, cheese, bacon the works."
Contact (361) 207-1439
AJ's Tex-Mex has been serving Mexican food in Alice since 1995. Owners Andy and Juanita Chavarria are known for their homemade daily lunch specials. "People love tacos and cheese enchiladas," the Chavarria's said.
Contact: (361) 396-1388
"People come to my restaurant for the pinto beans. We sell a lot of bean and bacon tacos, Menudo, and carne asada," owner Aixa Garcia said. "I learned to cook from my mother, Maria, and it has served me well."
Contact: (361) 227-8622
"We specialize in fresh barbacoa and Menudo," said Owner Liza Briones. "We're known for selling big family-sized meals to go and barbacoa by the pound with all fixings fresh cilantro, avocado, pico de gallo and homemade tortillas."