Food & Drink

Paul Qui's Picks for Austin's Top Tacos

Published On 05/14/2014 Published On 05/14/2014
Paul Qui's Most Important Tacos ATX
Anastacia Uriegas
David Reyes
Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop
Anastacia Uriegas
Anastacia Uriegas
East Side King
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1. Las Trancas 1210 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Head out to this food truck, situated in an empty parking lot, and grab some of their cheap tacos. The sauces, like Monterrey Mesquite BBQ, add a nice kick. The best move? Corn tortilla, extra crispy, extra green sauce. Don't think, just order.

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2. 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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3. Veracruz All Natural 1704 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Owned by sisters born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, this trailer (with a few locations across the city) serves tacos, tortas, and smoothies. The migas -- cloud-like scrambled eggs mixed with house-made tortilla chips, pico de gallo, cheese, avocado, then served atop a fresh tortilla -- are the stand-out dish.

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4. Fresa's 915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

Offering a Pollo Rico alternative for the rico is Fresa's: a gourmet take on charcoal-grilled chicken drive-thrus in the old Emerald City Press spot, from the dudes behind Lambert's, Perla's, and Elizabeth St Cafe, another successful example of a regional delicacy made really pho-king expensive.

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5. East Side King 2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (East Austin)

Paul Qui's popular spot of the same name crops up on South Lamar, bringing the same fresh takes on tacos, ramen, and bao. Beet home fries and Thai chicken kara-age? Count us in.

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