Food & Drink

Austin’s 8 Best Under-the-Radar Taco Joints

Published On 08/18/2015 Published On 08/18/2015
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
Courtesy of Alma's Tacos
Courtesy of One Taco
Taco Baby
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1. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ 7612 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

This family-run truck in Capital City serves some Tex-Mex, some barbecue, and some plates that combine the two. Expect mesquite-smoked brisket and ribs served three ways: as platters with coleslaw and pickles, loaded into hamburger buns, or folded into tacos house-made flour tortillas and guacamole. Its location right behind Star Bar means it's a great spot for the post-drinking munchies.

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2. Alma's Tacos 8213 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

Alma's keeps their tacos classic, but puts in extra work to make them extra special. To wrap their killer barbacoa, carnitas, and guisada, they make their own corn tortillas from scratch each morning.

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3. Nasha 1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

You may not have heard of Nasha, but their lamb puff samosas are really something worth knowing about. As are there tandoori tacos and spice inspired cocktails. That's right: Tex-Mex/Indian fusion.

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4. Tyson's Tacos 4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

A tortilla-stuffer with some serious bite, Tyson's Tacos has $.99 migas, tacos like pork belly (w/ fried parsley & salsa taquera), baby back ribs (w/ pineapple salsa), and fried drum (w/ slaw, avocado, escabeche & Sriracha), as well as burgers featuring half-pound, house-ground rib eye.

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5. La Fogata Tacos 8513 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

This taco trailer's inexpensive bites set it apart from other similar establishments with higher prices. For under five dollars you can grab two tacos. Local favorites are the al pastor, chicharron, migas and breakfast tacos.

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6. One Taco 520 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

This counter service taco trailer serves tacos fit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner -- or late night snacking, which is entirely appropriate given their location on the patio at Little Woodrow's.