When visiting Austin, it’s imperative to check out the Capitol, go on kayaking on Lady Bird Lake and check out the fantastic art scene. In between all of this, however, it’s important to experience the diversity and culture of Austin through food. What better way to do this than with the hand-crafted, street style, authentic tacos that can be found all across the city? From beef to chicken to vegetarian, tacos places in Austin have just the taco for everyone. With that said, here are some of the best places to experience Austin’s finest tacos:
By: Elizabeth Ucles
This local restaurant in East Austin is the place to be for breakfast and lunch tacos. Coming from deep Mexican roots, these tacos are made with homemade tortillas filled to the brim with goodness. Two of Joe’s tacos that stand out the most have to be the barbacoa taco and the carne guisada, both of which are simmered to perfection with a variety of spices. It’s no wonder this location has been still going even after 54 years since its opening.
2305 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Established in 2007 in Waco, Texas, Las Trancas here in Austin is one of four food trailers owned and ran by four brothers. The brothers aim to bring Texas the authentic street style tacos that there are in Mexico. They do just that with a variety of taco meats ranging from beef steak to chorizo. Las Trancas shows its customers that quality and affordability can go hand-in-hand with tacos being $1.50 each. Some customer favorites include the Beef Brisket (Barbacoa) taco and the Beef Steak (Asada) taco.
1210 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702
Starting right here in Austin by the Barton Springs Greenbelt in 1999, Founder and Owner Roberto Espinosa has dedicated his career to making only the best tacos. Made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Tacodeli is committed to bringing their customers quality ingredients. With this said, it’s no wonder this restaurant has been able to thrive with not only their exceptional food, but with their attention to the community. Tacodeli is known for their breakfast tacos; specifically The Otto, an organic taco with black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese. Another favorite only served on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s is the Delibelly, made with sliced and crisped pork belly with cilantro and onions on top in a flour tortilla. It’s recommended that most tacos are topped with the secret recipe salsa, Dona sauce.
4200 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78756
A list of the best tacos in Austin simply cannot be created without bringing Torchy’s Tacos into the mix. It’s no wonder the restaurant has been able to branch across various Texas cities, along with other locations in Oklahoma and Colorado. With many Torchy’s locations across Austin, it’s clear that it’s a staple in the taco scene of the city. One of Torchy’s most acclaimed tacos has to be the Trailer Park. It is deliciously made with fried chicken perfectly placed with green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and poblano sauce wrapped warm in a flour tortilla. To go the extra mile with this taco, it’s recommended to “get it trashy”—take off the lettuce and add their classic queso on top instead. Don’t even think about sleeping on their breakfast tacos. The Wrangler and the Ranch hand know how wake up any sleep deprived customer.
1311 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704
It’s in the name, and it’s one of the reasons Vercruz All-Natural tacos are some of the best in the city that knows tacos. Vercruz All-Natural started just as a tiny trailer that sold snow cones and smoothies. Once the location on Cesar Chavez Street started making tacos, it just soared from there, and since then the restaurant has been featured on Rachael Ray, Rolling Stone and Austin Eater. For only around $2-$4 a pop, tacos like the Migas, Al Pastor and Steak tacos are the best around. The sauces for the tacos wonderfully complement the flavors, and there’s no better way to wash it all down than with a variety of Aguas Frescas.
1704 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702