Even on endless, sweltering summer days, Austinites can find comfort in the most delicious meal in the land. Tacos have a way of soothing the soul and making even the heaviest traffic feel as breezy as a kite in Zilker Park. No Austinite can deny their love for these spicy, Tex Mex concoctions. Whether from food trailer or brick-and-mortar, these 10 places to get tacos in Austin are out of this world good.
1. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina's Tex Mex combines two of our favorite words: barbecue and tacos. If your salivary glands aren't dancing yet, just take a look at their explosively delicious menu. You'll want to arrive to Valentina's early, because these scrumptious meals are known to sell out.
2. El Chilito
No matter what part of town you live in, El Chilito has your taco cravings under control. With four stores scattered throughout the city, it's easy to get those cornmeal-dusted shrimp tacos whenever hunger strikes.
Tacodeli's Space Cowboy tacos will turn you into the gangster of love. Queso fresco, guacamole, and carmelized onions adorn this vegetarian taco. You're sure to dazzle your lunch date with a trip to this local restaurant.
4. Torchy's Tacos
Avocados have a way of turning bad moods into peaceful waves of contentment. Spread some sunshine with Torchy's fried avocado taco smothered with creamy poblano salsa. If you're feeling even more adventurous, order off of their secret menu. The "Jack of Clubs" comes loaded with grilled potatoes and a fried egg.
5. Mellizoz Tacos
Your party will be even more vibrant with tacos from Mellizoz. When this taco trailer caters, they pull out all the stops. But even if you're not hosting a large event any time soon, their South First location has all the mouthwatering recipes you crave.
6. Papalote Taco House
Fresh, bold flavors spice up every taco from Papalote. Their tortas and tostadas will also put a smile on your face.
7. Tyson's Tacos
The bars may not give them much, but Tyson's Tacos appreciates all of Austin's musicians. Strum and sing any song with their ukulele, and Tyson's will give you a free taco. The uke isn't terribly difficult to play (it only has four strings after all), so even if you're not a professional, it's worth an attempt!
8. Chi'lantro BBQ
Korean BBQ and spicy Tex Mex harmonize beautifully together, and the tacos from Chi'lantro BBQ will serenade your tastebuds. Try them with soy-glazed chicken and you'll be shouting for joy.
9. Art of Tacos
Art of Tacos knows that Tex Mex should be revered like masterpieces in a museum. Proudly boasting of "the best tacos in the world," The Art of Tacos are not far from the truth. Right in the heart of Rainey Street, Art of Tacos adds a splash of color to each of their menu items.
10. Veracruz All Natural
Fajitas and migas and carnitas... oh my! Veracruz All Natural crafts fresh, flavorful tacos that are filled with anything under the sun.