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Jul 18, 2006 07:11 PM

[AUS] Best Taqueria in Austin?

My favorites are Arandas #3 on N. Burnet & Tamale House on Airport.

btw- Taco Shack does not count.

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  1. Bestest? Maria's Taco XPress, tacos al carbon with LOTS of chimichurri sauce.

    Yup. T. Arrandas on Burnet. Great salsas.

    Does Polvo's count?

    1. Polvo's can be included just so I can say 'Chicken Mole Exotic Taco'

      1. On airport codes are used to indicate what cities are under discussion. Of course, people on this board probabaly realize that ATX means Austin, even though its code is AUS. But someone searching for AUS in brackets would completely miss your post. Plus, I think ATX is Atbasar in Kazakhstan.

        Here are my votes, though I’m not yet halfway through my tour of the Hispanic East and Southeast sides.

        best carne guisada: Taquería Piedras Negras and Seis Mesas

        best chile en colorado: Taquería Piedras Negras

        best refried beans: Seis Mesas

        best rice: La Pasadita

        best breakfast tacos: Abarrotes Mexicanos

        best breakfast (tourist-friendly): Las Manitas

        best menudo: Abarrotes Mexicanos and Seis Mesas

        best nopalitos: Abarrotes Mexicanos

        best pollo al carbon: El Regio (E. Riverside location)

        best mole en pipian (chicken): El Mesón Taquería

        best lengua: Habañero Mexican Cafe

        best pierna [like carnitas]: Taquería la Tapatia

        best chicharrones: Taquería Piedras Negras and La Hacienda Meat Market

        best barbacoa de cabeza: La Monita

        best tacos al carbon: Habañero Mexican Cafe

        best beef fajitas, regular and rancheras: Habañero Mexican Cafe

        best corn tortillas: El Mesón Taquería

        best flour tortillas: Al Pastor

        best al pastor: Al Pastor

        best all-around (tourist-friendly): Habañero Mexican Cafe

        best Jaliscan take on Tex-Mex: Taquería Arandas

        best all-around (Tejano-focused): Abarrotes Mexicanos

        best all-around (regional-Mex): El Chile

        best pan de huevo: La Michoacana

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        1. re: MPH


          If you haven't yet, you should hit Angie's on E. 7th (just east of I-35) for the carnitas taco plate. The corn tortillas a great.


          1. re: MPH

            MPH, you are one steely-eyed chow man. I look forward to working my way through this list. Have you tried the pierna at Arandas No. 3? I rate it above La Tap's, but that's just my opinion.


            1. re: Jim Washburn

              Thanks for the recs, Brian and Jim.

              I'm still finishing up with places on East Oltorf and East Riverside, but I'm looking forward to trying the corn tortillas (and now the carnitas) at Angie's. And I'll be sure to sample the pierna at Taquería Arandas. I don't think I've had the pleasure yet.

              I'll probably hit the East 7th Street location of Arandas since I’m exploring that side of town. I’ve already been to the one on Burnet Road. Do you think the east-side outpost is just as good?


            2. re: MPH

              Uh, this is awesome. I've never been to half these places. Damn, better get eating.

              Also, while I agree that El Chile is good, I'm a little surprised you rank it as best all-around. What should I be ordering to win me over?

              1. re: tom in austin

                There are two explanations. One, my own “best of” list is a work in progress as I chow my way through town. I really just moved to Austin last August. Two, that entry was the result of sloppy categorizing on my part. It should read:

                best east-side alternative to Polvo’s, i.e., a mid-price-range Tex-Mex and regional-Mex place that caters to mostly white middle- to high-income locals and tourists—plus students (WM2HILT+S): El Chile

                This is not a competitive category, in my opinion, but it’s one that’s often asked about, since not all visitors like to eat at holes in the wall. I really dislike Polvo’s food in any case. Due to price point, this category excludes Fonda San Miguel.

                I’ve enjoyed (maybe not loved) El Chile’s enchiladas de mole rojo, their shrimp nachos, and their pescado entortillado. Their drinks were pretty good, too. And if I recall correctly, their salsa and chips were tasty.

            3. Thanks for the heads-up on the ATX code, I have updated the post.

              And NICE best of list!

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              1. re: looper

                Thank you for updating it. I'd have hated for anyone to miss this thread since the subject of best taquería is such a popular one with both visitors and locals.

                My list is a work in progress. For example, if no one's version of a dish really stood out, I just omitted the category for now. I'm looking forward to chowhounding until I can fill in the blanks!


              2. I'd have to give a tie to Arandas #3 and #5. Both the Burnett Rd. and S. 1st St. locations are consistently awesome.