The minds behind The Burger Joint, one of Houston's more popular burger brands, are ready to show you some tacos.
The Taco Stand will open Wednesday at 2018 N Shepherd Dr in the Heights, giving the neighborhood another all-day option for one of Houston's most ubiquitous foods. With service from breakfast to late-night, plus a patio, drive-thru service, and a cocktail menu, the Taco Stand looks to be a little bit of everything for everyone. It's something partners Shawn Bermudez and Matthew Pak have been wanting to do for some time.
"We've always had this one in the back of our mind," says Bermudez. "We want to make sure that people are aware that hey, this is all one family over here. If you like the Burger Joint, try this."
Street-style tacos are on the menu with many of the usual meats—barbacoa, al pastor de trompo, and carnitas, along with a seriously delicious lengua with a crispy bite—plus fish, shrimp, and both vegetarian and vegan options. Also look for a substantial list of burritos, including the Supreme, packing in meat, rice beans, onions, cilantro, pico de gallo, and sour cream, and a mix of quesadillas and bowls. Salsas, five in total, range from the milder roja to a moderately spicy habanero.
For breakfast you'll find mostly tacos, from chorizo and egg to the more flashy barbacoa and egg. The Taco Stand also makes their own corn and flour tortillas, and they certainly stand out.
The drink menu includes canned palomas and margaritas, plus frozen margs and micheladas. For a sweet, non-alcoholic change-up, there are aguas frescas and plenty of bottled soft drinks, from Mexican Coke and Sprite to Jarritos varieties. Mexican and domestic beer will also be served.
Bermudez and Pak say everything about the Taco Stand is meant to be accessible, simple, and streamlined. They want to make sure the drive-thru is good to go before doing delivery, and the hope is that down the line, they can replicate the concept into other locations.
"If this does well, we'd like to put something together where we open the Burger Joint and Taco Stand together in other parts of town," says Bermudez.
The Taco Stand will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and from 6 a.m. to midnight Friday–Saturday. Breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily.