Taco Flats

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When owner Simon Madera resurrected Taco Flats—which shuttered in the early '80s—its brand went from landmark dive serving cheap beer and a 99-cent plate of taco meat and fixings (aptly named the “Hobo Plate”) to a vibrant neighborhood eatery on Burnet Road. In place of vagrant-inspired fare, Taco Flats now offers a mezcal- and tequila-focused cocktail program and a from-scratch menu of (mostly) tacos and appetizers inspired by Simon’s Rio Grande Valley upbringing. The restaurant’s breakfast tacos, served starting at 11 am, are a highlight thanks to handmade corn and flour tortillas plus fresh ingredients like Vital Farm organic eggs, and the Michelada Ojo Rojo is hands-down the best of its kind in Austin. More recently, East Sixth Tejano bar Kellee’s Place was purchased by Madera and transformed into La Holly Cantina, home to the Taco Flats Airstream, DeeDee, and an icehouse that caters to both newly initiated Eastsiders and the original patrons who kept Kellee’s alive all those years.
Must-try taco: Chilaquiles DF
Chilaquiles, the cousin to migas, are fried tortillas quickly simmered in salsa then topped with a fried egg. Taco Flats’ Chilaquiles DF are topped with grilled jalapeños, crema fresca, cilantro, and queso fresco. What’s not to love?
How to order: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order takeout via Toast, or get delivery via Grubhub

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