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10 critic tips
Bouldin Creek Coffee House and Cafe (1900 S. First St. 416-1601, www.bouldincreek.com): See how Austin has changed by visiting this sturdy coffeehouse in its new and larger location, now with table service. See how Austin stayed the same with tacos for the vegetarian palate: vegetarian chorizo, tofu scrambler, red and black beans, and sauteed mushrooms and spinach.
El Chilito (2219 Manor Road. 382-3797, www.elchilito.com): Look for the awning that reminds you of a Mexican ceiling, then set breakfast of beans, potatoes, and a taco filled with migas for 4 USD together East Austin walk-up favorite. Warm up with Mexican hot chocolate.
Izzoz Tacos (1503 S. First St. 326-4996, www.izzoztacos.com): The big blue trailer with some of the best tacos and sandwiches in town has moved a few blocks south but expects the same steaming migas, bacon, and Spinach . Come back for the whole day for tempura avocado, beer braised beef, and pork carnitas with pineapple tomatillo salsa.
La Mexicana Bakery (1924 p. First St. 443-6369, www.la-mexicana-bakery.com): Inexpensive, simple breakfast tacos around the clock as well as a long glass showcase with pastries, empanadas, biscuits and donuts in countless shades of the pastel rainbow.
Polvo’s (2004 p. First St. 441-5446, www.polvosaustin.com): If the salsa bar has spicy tomatillo, smoky roasted pepper and fresh pico de gallo, does it matter what you put on it? No. Taco fillings include nopalitos (cactus), calabacitas (pumpkin), machacado (dried beef), and chorizo (sausage with attitude).
Rositas Al Pastor (1911 E. Riverside Drive): Who Said A Breakfast Taco Has To Be About Eggs? And who says you can’t have breakfast after the bars close? Not this trailer where crispy, tender pieces of roast pork on handmade tortillas are the best way to start the day, even if the day starts at 2am
Taco Xpress (2529 S. Lamar Blvd. 444-0261, www.tacoxpress.com): The building looks somewhat like “Alice in Wonderland”, a shabby tangle topped with a parade float picture of the owner Maria Corbalan. Breakfast tacos are grilled to order, and the migas are like a rolled-up casserole with eggs, tortilla chips, jalapeños, tomatoes, and so much cheese.
Taquerias Arandas No. 5 (2448 S. First St. 707-0887): Horchata, hot coffee, table service, chips and salsa. I haven’t even mentioned breakfast tacos yet. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple and cheap: a breakfast taco made with nothing but beans and cheese can be as strong as a buffet.
Tamale House # 3 (5003 Airport Blvd. 453-9842, www.myspace.com/tamalehouse): Seventeen types of 85 cent breakfast tacos in a room as disheveled as Charlie Sheen’s living room. Duck around the side of the building and check out a Mayan muralistic majesty.
Torchy’s (2801 Guadalupe St., 494-8226; 1311 S. First St., 366-0537; 2809 S. First St., 444-0300; 4301 W. William Cannon Drive, 514-0767; 4211 Spicewood Springs Road, 291 -7277; 5119 Burnet Road, 382-0823; www.torchystacos.com): You will see the little devil signs everywhere, including the South Austin Trailer Park and the Eatery at 1311 S. First St., where you can take a walk can trailer over and get a cakeball for dessert. For breakfast, the Monk Special brings eggs, bacon, green chilli and cheese for $ 2.25. Salsas include green-hot poblano and tear-inducing habanero diablo. Bonus: good coffee shop coffee instead of toxic taco shop coffee.
Alayna’s Taqueria. 2611 Manor Road, 524-0860.
Carrob’s Cafe. 605 Sabine St. 382-0603, www.carrobscafe.com.
El Primo. A trailer at 2101 S. First St.
The sun and the moon. 600 E. Sixth St. 444-7770, www.elsolylalunaaustin.com.
El Meson. 5808 Burleson Road, 416-0749; 2038 S. Lamar Blvd., 442-4441; www.elmesonaustin.wordpress.com.
El Taquito. 1713 E. Riverside Drive. 851-8226, www.eltaquito.com.
El Taco Rico. A trailer at 810 Vargas Road.
Güeros Taco Bar. 1412 S. Congress Ave. 447-7688, www.guerostacobar.com.
Joe’s Bakery & Cafe. 2305 E. Seventh St. 472-0017.
Juan in a million. 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. 472-3872, www.juaninamillion.com.
La Familia. 3601 W. William Cannon Drive, Suite 900.892-1311, www.lafamiliaaustin.com.
La Reyna. 1816 S First St. 447-1280.
Maudie’s Tex-Mex. 2608 W. Seventh St., 473-3740; 1212 S. Lamar Blvd., 440-8088; 10205 N. Lamar Blvd., 832-0900; 9911 Brodie Lane, 280-8700; 3801 N. Texas Highway Capital (Loop 360) 306-8080; 12506 Shops Parkway, Apiary, 263-1116; www.maudies.com.
My mother’s. 2201 Manor Road. 322-9721, www.mimadresrestaurant.com.
Wed Victoria Bakery. 5245 Burnet Road. 458-1898.
A taco. A van next to Little Woodrow’s at 520 W. Sixth St. 539-7561, www.one-taco.com.
Papalote Taco House. 2803 S. Lamar Blvd. 804-2474.
Porfirios. 1512 Holly St. 476-5030.
The screaming goat. 900 W. 10th St. 477-4628, www.thescreaminggoat.com.
Star Seeds Cafe. 3101 Interstate 35 N., adjacent to the Days Inn. 478-7107, www.starseedscafe.com.
Taco Cabana. 211 S. Lamar Blvd., 472-8098; 2117 W. Ben White Blvd., 462-2242; 2507 E. Riverside Drive, 462-2236; 517 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 478-0875; Further locations at www.tacocabana.com.
Tacodeli. 1500 Spyglass Drive, 732-0303; 12001 Burnet Road, 339-1700; 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., 419-1900; www.tacodeli.com.
Taco shack. 402 Brazos St. at Frost Bank Tower, 473-0101; 2825 Guadalupe St., 320-8889; 4002 N. Lamar Blvd., 467-8533; Further locations at www.tacoshack.com.
Tacos La Güera. 2510 S. Congress Ave. 326-8226.
Taqueria Chapala. 2101 E. Cesar Chavez St. 320-0308.