Food & Drink

What your favorite Austin breakfast taco says about you

Published On 09/17/2014 Published On 09/17/2014
Dan Gentile
Torchy's Tacos
Tacodeli
Fresa's
Dan Gentile
Dan Gentile
Donut Taco Palace III
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1. Tacodeli 1500B Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746 (West 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.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. Juan In A Million 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

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.

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5. Tamale House East 1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

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.

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6. Taco-Mex 2613 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Central East)

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.

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7. Bouldin Creek Cafe 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (Austin)

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.

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8. Donut Taco Palace III 6214 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Brentwood)

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.

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9. Mi Madre's Restaurant 2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

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.