The barbacoa at La Reyna is barbacoa de res, beef, which is traditionally made by barbecuing an entire cow’s head, and scraping and slicing away the meat. The barbacoa at La Reyna is moist, tender and seemingly free of the less-universally-liked pieces that can end up in the mix. Redolently beefy, rich and flavorful, it is deliciously complemented with the cilantro and crisp, chopped onions and their subtle red salsa, which seems made specifically for the barbacoa. Tortillas are extra, but with “Torterilla” in the name you can expect that the tortillas are fresh and tasty, and they are. A pound of barbacoa that comes with the salsa and a small bag of the onions and cilantro is a paltry $7.99. The necessary tortillas are available in corn, flour, wheat (trigo), and as tortillas rojas, ranging from $1.00 for the corn ones to $1.95 for the wheat. Two hungry adults can fill themselves happily, if a little guiltily, for just over ten bucks.
There are seven locations of the Tortillerias La Reyna in mostly Mexican neighborhoods. The menu is very limited, but tempting up and down, in addition to the well-made barbacoa. It can make for a great stop to take home to the family or a group. In any case, take-away is the best option, as seating and atmosphere are very limited or absent.
Tortilleria La Reyna
3815 Irvington, 77009, (832) 433-7512
141 Little York, 77076, (713) 699-8222
6275 Bissonnet, 77081, (713) 272-8739
6712 Rampart, 77081, (713) 349-9494
12626 Woodforest, 77017, (713) 637-0222
105 East Edgebrook, 77034, (713) 944-1222
3802 S. Gessner, 77042, (713) 339-3533