Tacos are a Texas favorite, and when in Austin it’s a must get. So, what are some local favorites? How about Veracruz All Natural, Chispas, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, and Austin Taco Project and Granny’s Tacos.
Veracruz All Natural
Visit the original food truck location on the east side of town for an authentic taste, or take it to the north and south Austin restaurants are equally as delicious at Veracruz All Natural; the greatest migas spot in Austin, and the perfect go-to spot for breakfast and lunch tacos. These tacos are “simple yet so flavorful with the perfect bite no matter what you order”. Try the migas originales and the al pastor. Don’t even think about trying these tacos without an ice-cold glass of mango aguas fresca to wash it all down. Be warned, you’re bound to catch a line. Why would you expect anything less from an amazing taco truck?
Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, Chef Jason Dady’s Chispas serves chef-curated tacos and hand-crafted margaritas to locals and visitors, alike.
From made-to-order guacamole and green chile queso blanco to daily oyster selections, fresh salads and house-made tortillas, this modern taco shop presents a unique combination of flavors and profiles. All meals begin with house salsa and gluten-free chips: each table’s first two bowls of salsa are complimentary, with proceeds of additional salsa benefitting local high school culinary arts programs. Taco selections span from traditional carne asada with classic garnishes to chef-cuisine duck confit carnitas with bacon, pineapple, jalapeno and lime crema to modern twists like the tofu al pastor with pineapple, onion and cilantro. Fuel weekend vibes on the patio with Chispas brunch: including chilaquiles, huevos rancheros and the “big red & barbacoa” special, featuring 1lb of barbacoa, traditional garnishes, tortillas and guest’s choice of big red™, big red™ margarita pitcher, red wine sangria pitcher or michelada pitcher.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
If you’re headed south of the city, or have a car, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ is surely worth the trip. Although this a country style BBQ hot spot, their tacos are our favorite on the menu. Try the real deal holyfield- with tomato serrano salsa, potatoes, bacon, fried egg, and your choice of brisket or pulled pork served on a fluffy and homemade flour tortilla. (Closed on Tuesdays)
Austin Taco Project
From fusion tacos, to craft beer and an amazing environment, Austin Taco Project is where to go if you want a kick back atmosphere with great tacos! Located in the Hilton Austin and within a prime location, this is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner when giving yourself a break from all the adventure in the city. Our recommendation? Brisket tacos with elotes and a beer flight (although you can’t go wrong with any of the options).
If you’re looking for a unique experience with great food, check out Granny’s Tacos, an ambulance that’s used as a food truck. Not only is the truck what caught our eye but the tacos are a “masterpiece”. Our recommendation is the chilaquiles taco with mole sauce. With shredded chicken, cheese, onions, and a pickled jalapeño mixed with a mole sauce this recipe is one that’s been passed down for generations. The beautiful couple that owns this food truck are some if the kindest people you will meet and will truly make your experience feel like a traditional homemade meal. (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)