Mac & Cheese With Bell Pepper Bowls, Because Dishes Are the Worst
1. Tamale House East1707 E 6th St, Austin
2. El Taquito1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin
3. Curra's Grill614 E Oltorf St, Austin
4. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop2305 E 7th St, Austin
5. Casa Maria4327 S 1st St, Austin
6. Taco More2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin
7. Habanero Mexican Cafe501 W Oltorf St, Austin
If you have less than 10 dollars in your pocket but still want to pig out on tacos, Tamale House East is the place to go. The original location shuttered when owner Moses Vasquez died in 2014, but his granddaughters brought it back to life at this counter-serve location on East Sixth Street. The massive dog-friendly patio provides ample room to enjoy a few breakfast tacos and an agua fresca.
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.
Curra's Grill slings Mexican fare like burritos and ceviche across Travis Heights alonside the most sought-after tamales around. Avocado lovers can put down the tortilla chips shoveled into their guac and shift their attention to the mother of all margs, the avocado margarita, the art of which this place not only created, but perfected, as well. Although they take the cake as the most popular menu item, the impressive offering of specialty margs leave no tequila or mezcal to be desired.
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.
Casa Maria is a place an old school place on the south side of town. It’s hard to distinguish whether people go for the food or the bakery -- both are delicious and well worth coming for. After long nights, Casa Maria has the cure for you: menudo. The soup is greasy and delicious, just like it should be.
Taco More keeps it simple -- all of their tacos are delicious (especially al pastor), and the their consome de cabrito (goat soup) could knock out a cold and a hangover at the same time.
Habanero got its start in Oregon, but the Ibarra family later relocated to Austin, where they have been impressing the locals for 10+ years. Their "Zack Attack" is what keeps people coming back; the tortilla is practically the size of Texas, and it's stuffed with your choice of meat and beans, then coated in a ton of queso.