500 Tacos: Hooked Up Tacos

 
 
A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
 
Hooked Up Tacos
12202 RR 620 inside the Cypress Mart Valero station (map), 512-657-4067, www.hookeduptacos.com
Hours: 6-10am Mon-Fri; 6-11am Sat
 
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 05.30.15
 
It’s easy for food writers to overglorify gas-station tacos. It lends egalitarian street cred, makes us look like we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty, that we know the secret places. But some gas-station tacos are just tacos from a gas station, and Hooked Up is just that: a place to fill up when a Slim-Jim and a Budweiser Clamato tallboy won’t get the job done.
 
The taco: Bacon, potato and cheese
I’ve been inside taco trailers the size of a closet, trailers where they make every taco to order, in its own pan. Hooked Up has a flat-top grill and room to move in the back of a convenience store, but they built this taco from steampans full of dry, salty scrambled eggs, room-temperature bacon and hard-fried potatoes. Another was assembled from breakfast sausage heaped to the side of the grill in a sad holding formation. There’s no signage on the Cypress Mart to let you know there’s a taco stand inside, something the cook chalked up to city rules against double advertising. That’s OK. Hooked Up is on a need-to-know basis. And you don’t need to know. ($2.50 for three ingredients)
 
 Tortillas: Commercial grade flour tortillas straight from the bag.
 Salsa: There’s a thin, watery jalapeño green sauce with sour edges. You can drown your sorrows with shooters of cool, crisp salsa fresca.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)