Quest for the Best Tacos

Everyone in Austin has their personal preference when it comes to tacos; it’s almost a religion here. Here my favorites when it comes to a good ol’ taco. 
 
Breakfast Taco – Paco’s Tacos 
I can’t get enough of this place. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried their potato, egg, and cheese. It is absolute perfection; the potatoes are crunchy and soft at the same time, the cheese is perfectly melted, and they grill the tortillas. Also worth mentioning, you can get a punch card toward free food, a Tshirt, and other goodies. Don’t forget the red salsa. 
 
Joe’s Bakery and Café is a close 2nd; this East Austin establishment is bustling every Saturday morning, a true testament to their authenticity and great breakfast. The beans here are excellent too, but watch out! Their salsa is spicy. 
 
Best Pork Taco – Rosita’s Al Pastor 
This little hole in the wall on E. Riverside isn’t open for dinner, but with food this good they don’t have to be. Your wallet will love the price while your mouth enjoys the fantastic al pastor, complete with cilantro, onions, and salsa. Ask for the green salsa – it’s fantastic too. Hint – if you’re craving Rosita’s after hours, they operate a food truck from the parking lot in front of their brick and mortar. Perfect for a good taco on-the-go. 
 
Best Shrimp Taco – El Chilito 
By now you’ve figured out that I love me some East Side food. El Chilito on Manor Road has the best shrimp taco I’ve had. Their Camaron taco features crunchy shrimp dusted in cornmeal with a great black bean jicama salad that can’t be beat. They also have tons of add-on options if you’re looking to 
customize. 
 
Best Beef Taco – Tacodeli 
I love Tacodeli. I love that it is right near my favorite coffee shop, and I love that you can call ahead and not have to stand in line to grab a bite. Two of my favorite Tacodeli specialties are the Cowboy and Akaushi Picadillo. One has steak style beef, onions, peppers, and guac while the other has ground beef, onions and cheese and cilantro. Both are amazingly delicious, especially when you toss on the salsa verde. If you like beef tacos, there are tons of options too. All delicious. It’s worth mentioning that I go to Tacodeli every week, and have for the last two years. They’ve only made one mistake on my order. They’re that good. 
  
Best Not a Taco – Julio’s 
I know it isn’t a taco, but I need to talk about Julio’s vegetarian quesadilla. Not only is it filled with the perfect gooey cheese you’d expect, but it has wonderful squash and zucchini, perfect for a summer dinner on a Hyde Park patio. Remember, Julio’s is Cash only.  
 
 

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