In Austin, tacos are a full-on food group. Everyone has their own go-to’s, but a select few taco spots are objectively in a class of their own. Whether you’re into looking for authentic Mexican tacos or breakfast tacos or gourmet duck breast tacos, we’ve pulled together a guide to the very best tortilla-wrapped food in Austin. Each of these establishments offers its own unique contribution to the taco category, and all of them are more than worth a trip. It’s about time you found a new favorite.
the taco spots
Tyson's is the only place in the world you can play a ukulele for a free taco that could include crispy duck breast or deep fried egg yolks. The atmosphere is way more charming than it needs to be - the last time we were there they gave out free beer to everyone waiting in line.
A hidden secret trailer parked just east of the interstate, serving more traditional taco fare. Great for a late-night taco craving after fun on Dirty or East 6th.
This taco stand offers a diverse array of plates, tacos, and burritos that are loaded with high-quality ingredients. It’s one of the more modern spots on this list - with a colorful, nicely-kept patio and an espresso machine - but the vibe is still super casual. Also, their cold-brew coffee can wake the dead.
The taco titan of Austin. Our ideal Torchy’s menu order: bowl of queso with chips, a Trailer Park taco (get it trashy, with queso instead of lettuce), a Mr. Pink taco, and a peanut butter LovePuppies brownie for dessert. Come here enough and you too will develop your own Torchy’s-fueled path to enlightenment.
Simple, traditional tacos made fast. They also serve breakfast all day. Often a great option when lines are long elsewhere.
One of the better local taco chains serving quality lunch tacos with outside-the-box ingredients (i.e. scallops) and our favorite breakfast tacos in town. Just get there before the breakfast taco cut-off time at 11am.
An old South Austin establishment that may embody "Keep Austin Weird" better than just about anyone else. It's one of the weirdest looking sh*tstorms of a structure you’ll see in town, and is also home to Austin's shrine to tacos, the Taco Goddess statue. Try starting your day with a pair of their chorizo, egg, cheese, and cactus tacos.
Despite predominantly serving barbecue, this family-owned and operated trailer churns out some damn good tacos. Their smoked brisket taco may be one of the only BBQ tacos in town, but it raised the bar for all who try to follow in its wake. Getting it with a fried egg on top should be illegal, but instead is standard breakfast practice here.
This little trailer on East Riverside arguably makes the best traditional street tacos in town. Their Al Pastor tacos are out of this world, and are priced like you’re actually in Mexico.
Hailed “the best in town” by many - they're great, but they don't get our top spot. Expect ridiculously long lines that make these only worth going if you catch one of their trailers in a rare slow moment, which is usually during weekdays. Our favorite is the chorizo, egg, cheese and cactus.