In Texas, tacos take priority. But what do you do when you can’t find a taco place? Here are a few taco joints to put in your taco emergency box.

Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are two taco journalists traveling across Texas tasting every taco in sight for their new book, “The Tacos of Texas“. They describe what is acceptable to do when you’re really desperate for a taco – turning to fast food tacos.

“We’ve all done it, even the snobbiest of tacos snobs will say, ‘I’ve never eaten there,’ but come on, we have Taco Cabanas everywhere,” Rayo says.

What you’ll hear in this interview:

– Which of the big three taco chains is the best
– Where to go in case of taco emergency
– What makes a gringo taco

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  • Jeramy October 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Taco Bueno is terrible around here (Austin), they don’t season it like they do in West Texas.

    Rosa’s is good too, but Taco Cabana is open late night when true taco emergencies hit.

    So Taco Cabana is going to win for emergencies in the Austin area.

  • Doug October 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

    If this is the kind of programming my donation would have funded during the recent NPR fund raiser, then I’m so glad I didn’t give. These two “taco journalists- BWAHAHA” are obviously trying to ride and capitalize upon the taco wave started by Chef Aaron Sánchez, except with dismal results. It’s obvious they are smoking entirely too much of what comes across the border.

    • Donald Trump October 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Doug- Mando was making and finding killer tacos well before “chef” Aaron came along. “Chef” and tacos should be your context clues

  • Aube Marie October 13, 2016 at 10:44 am

    My friends and I ate a lot of Two Pesos now Taco Cabana tacos in college. Not because we loved the tacos but because they did not check ids.