Breakfast tacos. Austin loves them, and any self-respecting resident has a favorite. But what does that preference say about you as an individual? So glad you asked! Find out what your preferred breakfast taco dictates about your personality (or lack thereof!).
You like to think of yourself as an urban hipster, but you moved to Round Rock two years ago. You have seen several shows at Cedar Park Center and think it has great acoustics. You are fond of places that offer secret menus, but rarely order from them.
You may or may not be Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Like everyone you know, you live in East Austin. The only time you travel South of the river is to buy vinyl records at End of an Ear. You have no shame in ordering migas for lunch and have a mild resentment that Rachael Ray found this place first.
It's your ethical responsibility to pay twice the price to know your chicken enjoyed the freedom of laying eggs in a slightly bigger (but still tiny) box than the poorer chickens. You would drive a hybrid car, except you don't have any money left because you buy very expensive tacos.
Your Delta Sig bros used to roll up and crush a Don Juan each to soak up the regrets from the previous evening. You still talk about that one time when Juan sat down at your table instead of just giving you a thunderous handshake. You have not spent a great deal of time exploring East Austin.
You're either a drag queen or too lazy to drive more than two minutes for a better taco. Or both.
You are thrifty at heart, but not actually that good at budgeting. You have flashbacks to tacos costing less than a dollar. Buffalo Exchange never wants to buy back your clothes, even though they are generally considered very stylish.
You rarely travel outside of South Austin.
You’re so addicted to that veggie chorizo that you don’t even mind waiting 45 minutes FOR A TACO. You spend a lot of time at Barton Springs. You have sizeable late fees due to both I Love Video and Vulcan for a combination of mid-'90s Hollywood blockbusters and obscure Criterion Collection films. You rarely wear close-toed shoes.
You own several Girl Talk CDs and believe that R Kelly and Jay Z's The Best of Both Worlds is a very underrated album. You have attended Eeyore's Birthday Party on more than one occasion, but draw the line at body paint.
Taco Mex on Manor East Austin
You are fond of making bad decisions, and have probably sat on that not-quite-a-bench in last night's clothes making awkward small talk with someone you met at White Horse. You likely are in a band, are a DJ, or work with your hands. You long for the days when the portions were twice as big and your rent was half as much.
Mi Madre's East Austin
Your freelance writing or video editing or sound engineering job means you haven't been into an office in years, but you secretly long for someone to talk to and free miniature pretzels. You greatly enjoy the fact that you can order a #0.
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1. Tacodeli1500B Spyglass Dr, Austin
2. Veracruz All Natural1704 E Cesar Chavez, Austin
3. Fresa's915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
4. Juan In A Million2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
5. Tamale House East1707 E 6th St, Austin
6. Taco-Mex2613 Manor Rd, Austin
7. Bouldin Creek Cafe1900 S 1st St, Austin
8. Donut Taco Palace III6214 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
9. Mi Madre's Restaurant2201 Manor Rd, Austin
Many Mexican joints have tackled the breakfast burrito, but few have committed themselves wholeheartedly to the endeavor, so much so that they close at 3p. Tacodeli makes that commitment. And the results are glorious.
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.
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.
Juan serves up not only a hilarious name but tasty Tex-Mex classics, too, including their signature Don Juan taco -- a massive 1lb monster of bacon, potato, egg, and cheese.
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.
Taco-Mex isn't so much a restaurant as much as it's a walk-up take-out window in an Austin strip mall. It doles out quality egg-centric burritos and tacos for breakfast, and lunch/dinner plates like beef and chicken fajitas, crispy fish tacos, and quesadillas, all served with a necessary side of rice and beans. Nothing on the menu is more than $10, and to be honest, most are less than $5.
The iconic hippie haven is an homage to he owner's love of Austin's creative nature. They offer reasonably priced vegetarian food and are committed to helping the community grow.
Definitely the place to treat yourself like breakfast royalty, head to Donut Taco Palace III, try the donuts, or the tacos, or the "taco donuts" -- with these prices, you’re just a few bucks away from eating like a king.
Austin Chronicle dubbed Mi Madre's breakfast tacos the best in Austin, and it's pretty damn hard to disagree. Do yourself a favor and get their homemade cilantro-infused sausage... actually, get four of them and eat them all alongside your choice of horchata, lemonade, beer, or coconut milk. Go in the summer (wait, it's Texas... so, go any time of year) and enjoy their outdoor patio with a few brews and buds.