Food & Drink

The 10 Best Nachos In Austin

Published On 03/26/2015 Published On 03/26/2015
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Tortuga Flats
El Taquito
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Mike Cortez/Thrillist
Turf N Surf Po' Boy
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1. Tortuga Flats 3107 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664

A local hot spot in Round Rock, Tortuga Flats revamps traditional Southern Mexican favorites, like tacos with Coca Cola braised brisket and mountain nacho bowls topped with pork belly.

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2. Texas Chili Parlor 1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Texas Chili Parlor is an Austin staple that's been propping up Austin's Mylanta consumption dishing up delicious and super-spicy chili for over 40 years.

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3. El Taquito 1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Open late, El Taquito is ready to hook you up with enchiladas, queso flameado, or a big-as-your-head chile relleno tacos right after last call.

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4. Bomb Tacos 500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

This Mexican food truck parked on the patio of the White Horse grills up some fine tacos, but the nachos are the real bomb -- a massive portion that will keep your stomach ready for a night of pounding cheap beers and bad whiskey. The chips are hidden from plain sight because they are under the mount of meat, black beans, pico de gallo, and jalapeños.

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5. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop 2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

At its current East Side Austin location since 1969, this family-run Tex-Mex diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch plates like house-made tortillas, thick-cut bacon, breaded pork chops, and refried beans. Don't leave without stopping at the pastry counter for cookies, pan de huevo, and other Mexican baked goods.

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6. Julio's Café 4230 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

From breakfast tacos to post-work margaritas to chicken noodle soup the day after you had too many of those margaritas, this small, colorful cafe in Hyde Park has you covered 'round the clock. It's a casual, cash-only spot that locals love for its quality Mexican dishes, particularly the enchiladas verdes, chalupas (deep-fried flour tortillas with veggies, cheese, and your choice of meat), and roasted chicken with rice and beans. Perhaps surprisingly, one of the most popular dishes is the homemade chicken noodle soup, a massive bowl of tender chicken in broth that's been simmering for hours with squash, zucchini, carrots, and avocado.

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7. Super Burrito 1800 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741

This drive-thru spot in East Austin is the perfect kind of place for all of the California transplants living in Austin. It makes huge California burritos stuffed with French fries (they're strange on the coast), but you'd be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on the nachos, thoroughly layered with the requisite ingredients (as per usual, the protein choice is your call) and skimping on nothing. You could probably fill up on a half-order, but half-orders are for quitters.

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8. Slab BBQ & Beer 9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

The brick-and-mortar version of the popular food truck offers delicious BBQ, and surprisingly great nachos. "A BBQ restaurant? That’s not Mexican," you say incredulously. Well, if we're being technical, neither are nachos, so calm down. Slab is taking nachos to the next level. There are no fajitas topping this bad boy; we're in Texas, and the most fitting meat of choice would be BBQ. Chips are topped with the smoked meat of your choice along with queso and more. Head there on Monday nights when the nachos are $2 off.

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9. Turf N Surf Po' Boys 405 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

The dude behind the ramshackle Congress Ave seafood trailer has expanded into the kitchen of the Lavaca St Bar, serving the same menu of meaty American comforts and delivered-daily fish, which they're now grilling, frying, blackening, and stuffing into either tacos or the Artful Dodger's favorite group of people (po' boys).

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