Guero's Taco Bar
Guero’s is the rare tourist destination (especially among those who consider themselves in the know) that Austin locals still love, too. It also might be the oldest operating establishment in the thick of South Congress that is still proudly in business and showing no signs of stopping.
Besides its prime South Congress location, people love Guero’s because it’s one of the more fun Tex-Mex hangs in town. Come for live music in their patio area during happy hour to enjoy a margarita and to laugh at the misguided fools standing in the never-ending line next door at Hopdoddy.
Guero’s can get seriously crowded during happy hours and weekends, but thankfully their bar is loaded with all of the tequila in the world needed to survive a zombie apocalypse or a thirty minute wait. Get a basket of chips and load up at the serve-yourself salsa bar in the middle of the restaurant while you wait.
Across the board, the food at Guero’s is very solid - it isn’t our absolute favorite Tex-Mex in the city, but it’s in the top 10%. Which means by that by non-Austin standards, it’s f*cking amazing.
Three tamales of your choice turned flotsam in a sea of queso, served with a side of rice and beans. This is my personal favorite.
A presidential combination of a chicken al carbon taco, one beef taco, a tamale, and guac. Come to think of it, not sure what makes this dish even remotely presidential. Regardless, it’s a tasty plate that spans more than one category on the menu.
What’s an Austin institution without great migas? Guero’s is a great place to nurse that hangover with this steaming pile of eggs and tortillas. Pair it up with a Bloody Mary or Michelada.