[AUS] Best Taqueria in Austin?
My favorites are Arandas #3 on N. Burnet & Tamale House on Airport.
btw- Taco Shack does not count.
Bestest? Maria's Taco XPress, tacos al carbon with LOTS of chimichurri sauce.
Yup. T. Arrandas on Burnet. Great salsas.
Does Polvo's count?
On chowhound.com 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
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?
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.
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!
I'd have to give a tie to Arandas #3 and #5. Both the Burnett Rd. and S. 1st St. locations are consistently awesome.