Take a tour and taste the 5 Best Tacos in Austin with The Abundant Traveler.
Looking for fun places to eat in Austin or the best things to do when you are visiting Austin? From taco joints to taco trailers, these taco restaurants are a must when visiting the Live Music Capital of the World. It doesn’t matter whether you need a breakfast taco or a late night snack, you will be able to find a deliciously filled tortilla on almost every street corner. Below I’m taking you on a tour of my 5 best tacos in Austin; make sure to add these juicy delicious tacos to your list when visiting Austin.
1. Veracruz All Natural Austin | Migas with Poblano
The first stop on our 5 Best Tacos in Austin Tour is Veracruz all Natural. We’re not headed to the original food trailer on the East side, but the South Austin location at Radio Coffee & Beer. I love this location because Radio has great outdoor seating, and beer and wine! Of course, this is our best “breakfast taco”, so we are just having a coffee. What is the best taco at Veracruz All Natural? Well, the famous migas taco of course, and make sure to add on the poblano peppers. Migas is a blend of scrambled eggs with crispy corn tortilla strips, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and cheese. What makes Veracruz All Natural migas tacos so delicious are their handmade tortillas which are thick and oversized and the egg mixture inside is always perfectly cooked, spicy and has the perfect touch of crunchiness. The Veracruz All Natural migas taco is hands down, the best breakfast taco in Austin.
2. Papalote Taco House | Tortas De Coliflor
We’re staying in South Austin for my second favorite taco. It’s only about a mile and ahalf away from Radio, our last stop. Papalote Taco House is a more traditional restaurant located at South Lamar and Manchaca. This is the only vegetarian option on my list with cauliflower, cabbage, queso fresco and avocado. It has this red ajo sauce which is so delicious gives a little bit of spice. Papalote has three locations in Austin and they offer various animal parts like Tongue on their menu! They also have hongas and huitlacoche.
3. Taco Deli Austin | El Picocito
For the third stop, we are still in South Austin but we’re headed a little bit further west just past Zilker Park to my absolute favorite taco restaurant called Taco Deli. The El Picocito has beef tenderloin and a chipotle sesame, with avocado and queso fresco. As far as sauces go, Taco Delis is very famous for the Dona salsa which is made with jalapenos. People will fly into Austin
specifically for this Dona sauce! Taco Deli is only open for breakfast and lunch so make sure to stop by before 3 p.m. Every day they have different special tacos so make sure you’re looking at not just a regular menu but the special menu as well. Taco Deli has several locations but the original on Spyglass is the most iconic with the old-school Austin picnic tables. A great thing to do at the Spyglass location is to get your tacos to-go and then go down to the green belt and eat the tacos by the water.
4. Daidue Taqueria | Wild Boar Chorizo with Grilled Shrimp
Now we’re leaving the old hippie side of South Austin and we are headed to the urban oasis to the heart of downtown at 2nd and Congress. On the ground floor of the Wells Fargo building, there is a group of local restaurants that have
small satellites with limited menus. This special place is called Fareground. This is my favorite place to come for tacos at night for dinner because it’s a bit fancier (perfect for date night!) The wild boar chorizo at Dai Due Taqueria is one of the best tacos I’ve ever tried. If you’ve never tried wild boar, it’s a little bit richer than pork with more of a herbaceous flavor.
5. Rositas Austin | Tacos al Pastor
Now we’re leaving downtown before the five o’clock traffic starts and we’re headed over to the east side to Rosita’s Al Pastor, located on East Riverside in a parking lot. They have the most delicious al pastor tacos and some days they have carnitas. The tacos are traditional al pastor that is marinated overnight. The only things they add to them are onion and fresh
cilantro. I like to add a little bit of lime on top.
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