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15 Best Tacos In Austin You Have To Eat

September 27, 2019

 

Best Tacos In Austin

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

Vaquero Taquero serves both street-style tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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

 

Trill Taqueria

Trill Taqueria

Typically vegetarian tacos suck but at Trill Taqueria, they’re spectacular. The corn tortillas are grounded by hand and freshly pressed before cooked on the grill and 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 were so good!

WHAT TO ORDER: any of the vegetarian tacos

3307 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX

 

Discada Tacos

Discada Tacos

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

 

Tacodeli in Austin, TX

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TACODELI

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

 

Best Tacos In Austin

FRESA’S

One of my favorite tacos in Austin is the chimichurri skirt steak tacos at Fresa’s that comes with roasted onions, rice, and beans. 

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 in Austin, TX

VERACRUZ ALL NATURAL

Everyone loves the tacos at Veracruz and that’s because they’re SO good. Hands down, the migas taco is the best in the city. 

WHAT TO ORDER: migas tacos

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, veracruzallnatural.com

 

The Smokin' Rose Taco Joint

The Smokin’ Rose Taco Joint

The tacos at Smokin’ Rose Taco trailer are huge so I recommend starting out with one of two. The homemade flour tortillas are by 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 in Austin, TX

EL CHILITO

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

ATX COCINA

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

LA CONDESA

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

 

El Primo

El Primo

Small roadside stand selling 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 tacos

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Tex-Mex meets barbecue and falls in love at Valentina’s.

11500 Manchaca Rd, valentinastexmexbbq.com

 

Suerte Austin

SUERTE

The housemade masa is the star at this Mexican-inspired restaurant.

1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com

 

El Tacorrido

Drive-thru Mexican taqueria—order the El Equinox (iced horchata with a shot of espresso) with tacos.

2316 S 1st St, eltacorrido.com

 

Rosarito Food Truck Austin

ROSARITO

Mexican Pacific seafood done Baja California style.

rosaritoatx.com

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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