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The Best Queso In Austin

A guide to the best queso that Austin has to offer. God bless Texas.

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Few foods are more perfect than queso. When it’s done right, you need little more than some chips, a margarita, and maybe a large shovel for the ideal eating experience. And there aren’t any cities that do it better than Austin. Here are the absolute best bowls of queso in town.

the spots

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Torchy's Tacos

$$$$
$$$$ 1822 S Congress Ave

The crown jewel of queso in Austin - possibly in the world. It comes mixed with their own Diablo habanero sauce, which is a ridiculous creation in its own right. This is one of the most complex and serious quesos on the market (yes, there is a queso market) and is an absolute must-try.

2
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Kerbey Lane Café

$$$$ 2606 Guadalupe St

One of the top quesos in town has the added bonus of being available 24 hours a day, every day. God bless Texas.

3
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Maudie's Cafe

$$$$ 2608 W 7th St

Maudie’s queso, the Diablo Sol Food, comes with ground beef, guacamole, and salsa infused into some of the finest gooey cheesy goodness in the land.

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Polvos Mexican Restaurant

$$$$ 2004 S 1st St

Polvo’s offers a fantastic “queso flameado,” which is more associated with interior Mexican cuisine and somehow involves fire. They also make their own tortillas here, which are a far sturdier vessel for this dense cheese dish stuffed with chorizo. If that sounds like a lot to handle, you can always go the conventional queso route at Polvo’s - just know it’s not quite as exciting.

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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

$$$$
MexicanTex-Mex  in  Manor
$$$$ 1809 Manor Rd

Like the aformentioned Polvo’s, El Chile offers both a queso flameado and a queso con rajas - a more traditional yellow queso with savory mushrooms floating in it. Two different ways to f*ck your day up in the best way possible.

6

Curra's Grill

$$$$ 614 E Oltorf St

This South Austin classic establishment offers a chili con queso for beginners and a denser queso flameado for a more adventurous queso experience. Spoon some of that flameado into some fresh tortillas to get one step closer to nirvana or whatever you call your cheese heaven.

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Magnolia Cafe

$$$$ 2304 Lake Austin Blvd

The famous Mag Mud is an outstanding queso, and because we live in a free country, it’s offered 24 hours every day. Loaded with black beans, guac, and insane amounts of flavor, you can’t go wrong at 2pm or 2am.

8

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

$$$$
Mexican  in  Bouldin
$$$$ 1025 Barton Springs Rd

El Alma’s Queso Blanco y Rojo is perfectly spicy. This is a great spot that veers a little more on the pricey side for a queso establishment, and yes we just called a restaurant a “pricey queso establishment.” Go for their happy hour to stick it to the man and take advantage of their discounted apps and drinks.

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