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Tyson's Tacos

PHOTOS: Jordan Haro

Tyson's is a bold challenger to Torchy’s iron-fisted grasp on taco supremacy of Austin. When reading a menu filled with many mentions of duck breast and pork belly, it’s hard not to have the knee- jerk reaction that the place hurriedly hopped into the Austin gourmet taco game in hopes of further disrupting it.

The food here is excellent, and despite the gourmet ingredients, it’s somehow priced quite reasonably. Tyson’s is much less focused on serving up traditional tacos and feels more like somebody stoned in a kitchen tossing a little of this and a little of that together. Tyson’s food and vibes make it an excellent place to stop by in the midst of a lazy morning.

The Airport Blvd location is actually charmingly in disrepair, and certainly feels more welcoming than the sterility found in any new Taco Deli location. Which is ironic, considering Tyson’s is the one selling duck confit tacos.

The most charming aspect of Tyson’s is the ukulele by the ordering window. If you have the audacity to play it and sing a song to the folks in line behind you, you will receive a free taco. Unless you are musically gifted, be prepared for skepticism by the cashier who is clearly tired of hearing vocally challenged people like me make a fool out of themselves in exchange for saving a few bucks.

Food Rundown

The Empty Promises

Pastor (spicy pork), duck, avocado and hoisin sauce. This needs to be in your order.

Crispy Duck Taco

Just eat it.

The Mahi Mahi Fish Taco

Sometimes a fish taco is the only true hunger remedy. This one is made with dense mahi mahi, a mango slaw, and a sriracha aioli that brings the zesty ruckus to your mouth all day long.

Balls O Sunshine

This taco has deep fried egg yolks tossed in hollandaise sauce. Enough said.

Queso

Avoid. It’s a disappointment.

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