Hugo’s Taquizas: another northside taqueria
EatAroundOKC has been covering Oklahoma City’s taqueria options for many years. Why? Because we love them, and because over the last six years we’ve witnessed a great expansion of taquerias, especially on the north side of OKC. Today I’d like to tell you about another good taqueria option for the north side — Hugo’s Taquizas.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the term “taqueria” or perhaps you’ve never visited a taqueria before, you can get a whole bunch of information by reading through all of the reviews we’ve previously published about OKC’s taquerias at this link. So, be sure to check those out as well.
Hugo’s Taquizas opened up about a year ago on NW 23rd just east of I-44. Its location and its bright green and yellow storefront immediately caught my eye, so I had to check it out. I’ve been a few times now and have enjoyed each visit. I’m not going to say that it’s my favorite taqueria in town, but it holds its own and if you live or work near the area, I feel it’s worthy of your attention.
Hugo’s has the small-sized taqueria tacos, similar to those at Chalo’s and Abel’s and as opposed to the larger size you find at Los Comales, La Original, or Tacos San Pedro. Hugo’s pricing is attractive at $1.25 per taco. They even offer $1 tacos all day on Tuesdays.
Like most taquerias, everything is served ala carte, but the times I’ve visited, they’ve had a few specials written up on the board that come as a full meal. For example, a couple of times I got three tacos plus rice and beans for $5 (see a pic). That was just about the right amount of food for me and was a pretty great deal in my opinion. I rarely get rice and beans at places like this but if they are going to package them together at a price like that, I can go for it.
My favorite meat choice at Hugo’s is the chicken. Usually I prefer carne asada or carnitas but at Hugo’s the chicken wins out for me. It’s chopped into small chunks and very moist and flavorful. I’ve also had the asada and the pastor (marinated pork), which were both solid. I enjoyed their red and green sauces, which are available along with other garnishes at their self-serve condiments cart.
The interior of Hugo’s is sparse, but spacious and very clean. Also, the service has always been super-friendly, they take credit cards, and I’ve never experienced a language barrier here. Oh, and they have very good, homemade aquas frescas. The Piña (pineapple) is my favorite.
Hugo’s has the other taqueria standards like tortas and burritos, but I always just stick with tacos. For me, it’s hard to beat the distribution of tortilla to filling you get in a nice, taqueria-sized taco. I, for one, am very glad it keeps getting easier to find good taquerias around town. Add Hugo’s to your list next time you’re in the area, and let us know what you think in the comments below.