Austin is mainly a taco town - especially when it comes to breakfast tacos. But there are also plenty of places serving burritos - even breakfast burritos. 2020 is shaping up to be the year of the burrito in Austin, with multiple new and creative options popping up all over town. There’s a burrito with hatch chiles and latkes, another with pulled pork and sriracha-dusted ranch tots, and even one with jalapeno poppers inside. You’ll also find a San Diego-style California burrito and even a vegan Mission-style burrito. Here are some of our favorites.
Bummer Burrito is a trailer on Rainey Street from the people who run the next door bar/coffee shop Little Brother. Unlike the football-sized burritos we’ve all become used to, here they’re smaller and without rice. The burritos are excellent, like the Frito Rito (with chili cheese Fritos), the Hot Cheeto Burrito (it’s got bright red Flamin’ Hot Cheetos), and the Popperito (with jalapeno poppers inside). On weekends there are breakfast burritos that we like a lot. We continue to believe that Bummer Burrito is the best burrito trailer on all of Rainey Street.
Hotel Vegas, the music venue/bar with a huge patio on East 6th, is home to the trailer Hotel Vegas Concession Stand that serves things like their popular burgers and a Frito pie. Also on the menu is the Hot Burrito, with pulled pork, refried red beans, sriracha-dusted ranch tots, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, and their Vegas Sauce. It’s a perfectly-balanced burrito - is that a thing? - and while you can get the sriracha ranch tots separately, they really work inside the burrito. On Sundays, you can also get a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs. While you’re there, might as well pick up ½ gallon containers of frozen drinks, like a margarita or pina colada.
JewBoy Burgers is probably known best for their, well, burgers. But ever since they moved into a brick-and-mortar off Airport and 51st, they expanded their menu to include things like chili-cheese dogs and El Paso-style burritos. Much like the rest of the menu, the burritos here are described as being influenced by a mix of Border and Jewish culture, so you’ll see them packed with everything from latkes and schmaltz to hatch chile and brisket. You should definitely make some repeat visits to try them all, but if you’re looking for a first-visit, entry-level burrito try out the puro picadillo. It’s stuffed full of ground beef, Hatch chile, grilled onions, queso, white cheddar, and chopped latkes. And if you’re looking for a second-visit, expert-level burrito, well, you should probably just get the puro picadillo again.
Over in East Austin, Reunion 19’s main focus is making very good West Coast-style tacos. But sometimes you just want to eat one thing (a burrito) and not a bunch of small things (like tacos). And they have the solution for you with their Cali Burrito, a San Diego-style California burrito on a flour tortilla that has french fries tucked inside. It also comes with guacamole, black beans, cheese, onions, salsa, and your choice of protein, including a trompo-cooked al pastor, the “Ktown shroom” (gochujang and crimini mushrooms), or our favorite, the char-grilled carne asada.
Mission Street Burrito
The newish food truck Mission Street Burrito in South Austin is making plant-based San Francisco-style burritos - they’re enormous, with the claim that they weigh in at 1 ½ lbs each. While the menu has things like suizas and nachos on it, there are only two burritos. There’s a vegan breakfast burrito and the Super Burrito, loaded with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, onions, cilantro, spicy green tomatillo sauce, and vegan cheese and sour cream. Pick a plant-based protein - like Beyond Meat, Impossible Meat, or “carne” asada - or none at all. While it’s not exactly the same as a meat-based Mission-style burrito, it does come pretty close.