South Austin Breakfast Taco Guide 2018

South Austin Breakfast Taco Guide!!

Welcome to the South Austin Breakfast Taco Guide! Here is the answer to your question: Where are the BEST TACOS IN AUSTIN?? (At least South Austin)

We love breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t? There’s nothing better than a really fresh taco made with good ingredients and topped with delicious salsa. And the best thing is that you can put just about anything into a taco – veggies, fish, meat, beans, leftovers and any kind of sauce you can imagine. We make tacos for breakfast at home at least 3-4 times per week, but where do you find a good taco when you want to eat out? Look no more – here is our guide to the tacos of South Austin for those of us that live and work south of the river, and for those visiting the city for festivals like ACL or SXSW. This guide is also a part of the Austin Food Bloggers’ 2018 City Food Guide (#ATXBestEats). Enjoy and eat more tacos!

Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Traditional Mexican, fast and easy

This may be our favorite taco place in South Austin. The food is authentic, the atmosphere is relaxed and the people who work there are super friendly. The taco toppings are all delicious, and the corn tortillas are fresh. When you go, think about trying one of the three traditional dishes on the left side of the menu – huaraches, tlacoyos and sopes. All these are a bit like open-faced tacos.

Papalote Taco House - South Austin
Papalote Taco House, South Lamar
Huarache at Papalote Taco House, Austin
Huarache – a traditional Mexican dish, like an open-faced taco.
Sopa at Papalote Taco House, Austin
Sope – another traditional Mexican dish, like an open-faced taco.

Taco Deli

1500 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746 (map)

Unusual ingredients and combinations, regular specials, local ingredients

Super popular south Austin taco joint that now has several locations around Austin. Taco Deli focuses on using high quality and local ingredients, and has a range of unique options. You can also find Taco Deli tacos at most of the big farmer’s markets in town and at a number of coffee shops. However, the tacos are much better from the restaurant.

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Curra’s Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Relaxed hangout, excellent food 

One of the classic, old-Austin Mexican restaurants south of the river. Curra’s has been around for decades. Their menu is very traditional Tex-Mex. They serve good margaritas, and the atmosphere is relaxed. A great place to meet friends.

Sazon

1816 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Classic tex-mex, dirt cheap tacos, nice porch

Another old-Austin Tex-Mex. Sazon has delicious dirt cheap tacos on fresh homemade corn tortillas. Sazon feels like it hasn’t been updated in a long time, but the porch is a perfect place to hang out and get a taco after a dip in the springs.

Maria’s Taco X-press

2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Eclectic atmosphere, classic tex-mex with drinks, music, dancing.
 
Maria’s used to be “the” cool taco dive of south Austin. It was one of those places where the people watching was as good as the food, and they always had great music. Taco X-press is eclectic, weird, totally Austin – home to the “Hippie Church” – tacos and gospel on Sundays. In the mid 2000’s a real estate developer bought the land Maria leased for her restaurant. Fortunately, thanks to a bullet-proof 99 year lease they were able to negotiate the threat into the opportunity to buy a piece of the land and build a new restaurant. This is one of the landmarks of South Austin. Go for the tacos, stay for the dancing.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Old Austin hippies, vegetarian with good coffee

Bouldin Creek Cafe was another classic old Austin hippie hang-out. In the early 2000’s, like Maria’s, they were forced to move and found a new home just a bit further south. They managed to keep the laid back, eclectic feel of the restaurant through the upgrade, and they still have a huge following. Be prepared for a wait on weekends. 

Torchy’s Tacos

2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Contemporary take on tacos, fried avocado & more

Another classic south Austin taco spot. Torchy’s was one of the first places in south Austin to really start experimenting with tacos. A lot of people love Torchy’s – Obama famously stopped in when he visited Austin for SXSW, and he ordered two tacos – the “Democrat” and the “Republican.” 

Güero’s

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Traditional Mexican, great drink menu, South Congress

Longstanding classic Mexican restaurant located in a beautiful historic building on South Congress. Excellent place to meet a big group of friends for food and drink. 

Grocery Stores with Decent Tacos

You can’t leave out the grocery stores with tacos, because they are convenient and have pretty good tacos.

Wheatsville Food Co-Op

4001 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (map)

Wheatsville has good pre-made tacos made with excellent ingredients and delicious salsa.

Central Market Westgate

4521 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745 (map)

Good tacos made with whatever ingredients you want.

Psst...

You can make great tacos too!

This may be a bit unfair, but all the tacos in the picture at the very top were our homemade tacos. There are some great tacos in Austin, but you can make amazing tacos at home too!
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Ful Medames (Egyptian breakfast)

In the peak of tomato season this summer, our friends Sami and Lorraine invited us over for a typical Egyptian breakfast in which they served Ful Medames, a flavorful, lemony fava bean dish decorated with hard boiled eggs and tomatoes. Sami has fond memories of this dish from his native Egypt, and calls it ful” for short. Although the flavors are complex, this recipe is actually quite simple to make, especially if you start with canned beans.

Ful Medames (Egyptian breakfast)
 
Serve this beautiful bean dish for breakfast, brunch, or anytime! Wait until tomatoes are fresh and in season to attempt this special dish.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: Egyptian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked fava beans
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. If using canned fava beans, drain beans and place them in a saucepan with enough water to cover by about one inch. Cook over medium heat until beans are tender, about 8-10 minutes. If beans are unsalted, add ½ teaspoon of sea salt to the water while simmering. Stir beans until they begin to break up or mash a little. If using homemade fava beans, salt to taste after beans have become soft, and simmer in cooking liquid until liquid has almost completely evaporated.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Drain beans of any remaining cooking liquid and add to bowl with dressing. Toss to coat. Taste for seasonings and add extra salt or pepper if needed.
  4. On one large serving platter or on individual plates, plate the fava beans and top with hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, and parsley. Drizzle with a little olive oil, if desired.
  5. Serve with fresh pita bread or whole grain chips.

Sami at table