Back in 2017 the team of brothers behind Vaquero Taquero opened a food truck behind a gas station in Hyde Park serving a small selection of spicy tacos made with handmade tortillas. Then they closed the truck and opened a brick and mortar spot just a few blocks away. And while the space isn’t much bigger - there are only a few places to sit - the tacos are just as good if not better. The quesadillas with the pan-seared Oaxacan cheese are easily one of the best in town, and we strongly recommend the tacos al pastor topped with pineapple and their spicy salsa.
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Fricano’s Deli & Catering
For sandwiches the size of your face, go to Fricano’s. Its location on campus isn’t the best, but the schlep is always worth it.
Crown & Anchor Pub
Head to Crown & Anchor for their big beer selection, good patio, and great burger. Just know that a few UT students will be there too.
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El Chilito has a few locations around Austin, and they’re all reliable spots for tacos and burritos.
Nixta Taqueria serves some of the best tacos in the city out of a low-key space in East Austin.
Rosita's Al Pastor
Rosita's is our favorite al pastor taco in Austin, and maybe the world. Hit it for breakfast, if you know what's good for you.
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Guero’s Taco Bar
The rare tourist destination that locals love too. This is one of the more fun Tex-Mex hangs in town.
Veracruz All Natural
Veracruz in East Austin makes the hands-down the greatest migas taco we’ve ever tasted. You won't be mad at the quesadillas, either.
Trancas is easily churning out some of the best tacos in town from its Cesar Chavez truck. Get there before it's no longer under the radar.
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