National Taco Day is coming up on October 4th so here’s your ultimate list of the best tacos in Austin!
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Vaquero Taquero started as a taco truck and now serves both street-style tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their brick and mortar location. They specialize in taco al pastor and you can see them carving flame-seared pork off their trompo as you wait. The tacos here remind me of the ones I had in Mexico City! I highly recommend getting the quesadilla – it comes with pan-seared Oaxacan cheese.
WHAT TO ORDER: Quesadilla al Pastor and Quesadilla de Carne Asada
4301 Duval St, vaquerotaquero.com
Typically vegetarian tacos suck but at Trill Taqueria, they’re spectacular. The masa is grounded by hand and then freshly pressed into corn tortillas before cooked on the grill. The tortillas are filled with delicious vegetable toppings and topped with a pecan mole. The vegetarian tacos change weekly depending on what Chef Nick Belloni buys from the local farms. The tempura-fried fava bean leaves with pecan mole tacos and shitake mushrooms tacos was one of my favorites.
WHAT TO ORDER: any of the vegetarian tacos
3307 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX
Discada only serves mini tacos with salsa and lime but they’re so flavorful! Discada is a cowboy-wok cooking method from Northern Mexico.
WHAT TO ORDER: 8 tacos for $11.00
1319 Rosewood Ave, discadatx.com
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And of course, Tacodeli is known for their breakfast tacos but I love their lunch tacos with a side of queso.
WHAT TO ORDER: Mexico City sirloin, el conquistador, and/or any of their daily specials.
Multiple locations in Austin
One of my favorite tacos in Austin is the chimichurri skirt steak tacos at Fresa’s that comes with roasted onions, rice, and beans. The achiote chicken is popular too.
WHAT TO ORDER: Achiote & citrus chicken and chimichurri skirt steak tacos, queso, Mexican street corn, and frozen prickly pear margaritas.
1703 S 1st St, fresaschicken.com
VERACRUZ ALL NATURAL
Everyone loves the tacos at Veracruz and that’s because they’re SO good. Hands down, the migas tacos are the best tacos in town.
WHAT TO ORDER: migas tacos
1704 E Cesar Chavez St, veracruzallnatural.com
The Smokin’ Rose Taco Joint
The tacos at Smokin’ Rose Taco food truck are huge so I recommend starting out with one of two. The homemade flour tortillas are made by hand with lard so they’re delicious. I loved the mexicorn dogs – beef franks wrapped in homemade corn tortillas and then deep-fried and served with mustard and queso!
WHAT TO ORDER: carne tacos and mexicorn dogs.
1308 E 6th St, smokinrose.com
El Chilito is the only place in Austin that makes puffy tacos and they’re my go-to spot during the week for a quick lunch or dinner. You can get any of the tacos as a puffy taco but my favorite is the classic beef puffy taco.
WHAT TO ORDER: beef puffy tacos and agua frescas
Multiple locations, elchilito.com
ATX Cocina serves upscale Mexican food and it’s really good and the restaurant is all gluten-free!
WHAT TO ORDER: patos tacos (duck carnitas, citrus mojo, cilantro salad)
110 San Antonio St Suite 170, atxcocina.com
La Condesa is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin because I love their salsa and guacamole tasting, the tacos, and the classic margarita.
WHAT TO ORDER: barbacoa en mole tacos and carnitas tacos
400 W 2nd St A, lacondesa.com
Don’t miss this local taco spot that’s a small roadside stand on South 1st that sells breakfast tacos, burritos, and super tortas. Ask for cheese – they pan sear it on the flat top and it gets super crispy.
KOKO TIP: Cash only.
2011 S 1st St
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Tex-Mex meets barbecue and falls in love at Valentina’s. You can get a taco with smoked brisket here. Valentina’s is in South Austin but it’s worth the drive.
11500 Manchaca Rd, valentinastexmexbbq.com
The housemade masa is the star at this Mexican-inspired restaurant.
1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com
Drive-thru Mexican taqueria—order the El Equinox (iced horchata with a shot of espresso) with tacos.
2316 S 1st St, eltacorrido.com
Mexican Pacific seafood done Baja California style.