If there were one food item that defines the city of Austin, it would be the taco. It’s 99% certain that being a taco lover is a requirement before moving to this glorious Tex-Mex-filled city. According to The New York Times, Austin claims it was the first city to introduce the breakfast taco to the States, and many would agree. Here is a breakdown of the best breakfast taco spots around the city.
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Veracruz All Natural
Deli, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Veracruz was established in 2008 by sisters Reyna and Maritza and since then has made quite the impact, being named the fourth best taco in the U.S according to The Food Network. The sisters learned how to cook from their mother and grandmother near Veracruzana beach in Mexico and brought these authentic flavors to Austin. Veracruz offers a bang for your buck, organic and fresh ingredients, and authentic flavors you won’t find at any other taco restaurant in Austin.
According to Foursquare, Tacodeli is the best taco in America, and it is easy to see why. Tacodeli opened up its doors in 1999 and has expanded to other locations throughout Austin and now Dallas. They pride themselves on their commitment to making customers a top priority and coming up with creative and unique tacos from local ingredients. They have a huge menu to accommodate any special diets from gluten free to vegan and make sure they have a taco to please everyone in Austin. The Jess Special is a particular favorite with eggs scrambled with their migas mix and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese and fresh sliced avocado.
Torchy’s Tacos isn’t lying with their slogan ‘Damn Good Tacos.’ Try one of their tacos, and the bar will be set very high. When Torchy’s opened on Bouldin Creek at South 1st back in 2006, it started off with an experimental menu. Creator Mike Rypka would create a unique taco and add it to the menu when he would hear customers’ positive feedback. Since its humble beginnings, Torchy’s has expanded to over 30 stores and has boomed in popularity, offering hearty, thick and delicious tacos.
Rudy ‘Cisco’ Cisneros founded the restaurant in 1948, and in the 60 years it has been open, Rudy and his sons have continued to run the restaurant. Cisco’s really is as authentic as they come, with not much changing from when they first opened their doors 60 years ago. They are known for their migas taco and fresh homemade biscuits. It is a very casual place that has a lot of personality and character.
Back in 1990, Aurelio and Rosa Torres began Mi Madre’s. The restaurant began as a ten-seat taco shop and has grown into the full restaurant it is today. They are so confident in their menu and state on the website that if you don’t like your meal, then its completely free. They serve a full menu including breakfast, dinner, and cocktails; however, their breakfast steals the show. They have a very loyal customer base and have owned the taco scene on Manor since the beginning.
Marcelino Pan y Vino may very well have the kindest workers out of any place in Austin. From the moment you walk in, they are so excited to see you and really just want to do whatever it takes for you to enjoy the experience. This place is great because it doesn’t try to do anything fancy. It sticks with what is so great about a breakfast taco and doesn’t try to go over the top with extras or surprise ingredients. Their crunchy and thick bacon is especially delicious.
Taco Joint is a very underrated breakfast taco stop here in Austin. Although it is all the hype with University of Texas students, it doesn’t get enough credit for just how good it is with the rest of Austin. Their fresh homemade tortillas are absolutely magical, and they use fresh ingredients and spices. The owners grew up watching their mother cook and are very proud of the ‘hole in the wall’ atmosphere they have here in Austin.
La Mexicana Bakery is a family-owned bakery here in Austin serving up traditional Hispanic dishes at incredibly low prices. Their breakfast tacos are all on fresh baked tortillas and only cost $1.30 per taco. And better yet, they serve their full menu 24 hours a day. Yes, you can eat breakfast tacos for lunch and dinner too.
Juan in a Million is famous around Austin for its breakfast entrées served all day long. It has been open since 1980 and has become an iconic breakfast stop in the area due to its generous portions and cheap prices. Come with a hearty appetite and an empty wallet, and you will find yourself in breakfast taco heaven at Juan in a Million.
Taco Shack has become the go-to, on-the-run taco stop for many in Austin. The service is always great and the workers are so friendly. Their prices are right where they should be, and their tacos are simple with great flavors.