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Breakfast Burritos vs. Tacos?

I am not from Austin, and in fact just moved here (from New York) but I lived in California for a while. One of my favorite things to eat there was breakfast burritos, which was pretty much eggs, potatoes, bacon or whatever wrapped up in a tortilla.

Is there anything like that here? I assumed that breakfast burritos and tacos were the same except for terminology, but apparently they're quite different.

The first time I had a breakfast "taco" was at Magnolia Cafe (SoCo) and granted, I'm sure that is by far not one of the best places to get breakfast tacos, but it was basically a plate of scrambled eggs and potatoes with some soft tacos on the side that I had to sort of stuff myself and there weren't enough tacos and the whole thing was a mess.

This morning I had my second breakfast taco from Austin Java (Parkway-Enfield) and this was a little better -- since I got it to go, it was wrapped up for me, but if I'd wanted to eat it in the car it would have been everywhere. PLUS breakfast tacos are tiny! No wonder you always have the option to get two.

I know that breakfast tacos are an Austin (Texas?) thing, and I should embrace the local cuisine, but I'm just wondering, is there anywhere that serves maybe bigger breakfast tacos, or more eater-friendly/portable ones? Not a huge fan of "wrap yourself!" or whatever, especially if I'm getting it to go. Thanks! (And I don't mean to sound like a whiny b#tch, I'm just a little picky about food!)

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  1. You have only just scratched the surface of breakfast tacos (I can't imagine many taco loving 'hounds that would recommend the Magnolia or Austin Java for this regional specialty), so I will leave it to you, the search function and the input of others to help expand your horizons. That said, I grew up in California on breakfast burritos, and yep, it took me a while to adjust - they are quite different! THAT said, some of the great things about getting breakfast tacos at good places in Austin include: 1) homemade tortillas and chorizo, and 2) when you order three, you get to have three different combos, 3) 3 tacos at a place like Arandas are cheaper than any breakfast burrito I had in CA. Bigger is not necessarily better in breakfast taco world. THAAAAAT said, my absolute favorite breakfast taco in town is the fairly large Curra's machacado con huevo with is served with (not cooked with) their incredible heat-hot and decently spicy borracho salsa.

    But, unless you go to Freebirds or Chipotle, the portable foil wrapped burrito, breakfast or otherwise, doesn't seem to exist. I bring them home in coolers when I visit mom.

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    1. re: saticoy

      I love Enchladas Y Mas's breakfast tacos . Not dinky,good tortilla, lotsa gooey chese, and filling. My fave so far...
      Taco Xpress is good , too.
      If Ken's is still around, they may the biggest BT Iv'e seen in town.
      I prefer the tacos over burritos 'cause you get a variety without having a coronary. The way you were served with all the fixin's on a plate is more restauranty, but not uncommon.

    2. Eliza, I would recommend having breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning at Juan in a Million on East Cesar Chavez and ordering their Don Juan taco. They have other excellent breakfast dishes, but if you want a breakfast taco that is as substantial as a burrito, These are the ticket. Other good breakfast taco places that I enjoy are Taco Deli, and Taqueria Arandas (their tacos are small and cheap, and you order several). Arandas also has burritos and an option for their filling is chorizo and egg. I bet if you asked they could make you a breakfast burrito. Just remember to ask them to nix the lettuce tomato and sour cream.

      1. I think the problem is just going to the wrong places for a breakfast taco. Try most any mexican food place. Many set up stands outside their restaurant for breakfast tacos to go. The tacos are a bit smaller than what I'm imagining a breakfast burrito from CA would be like.

        1. Helen's Casa Alde in Buda has the best in the area. The Fatty taco is approximately 1 lbs. It has eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and cheese...and only costs around $1.80

          1. Thanks everyone so far. I do live on the East Side so I'll have to start trying all the ones over here that people recommend. Just to clarify, though, I have no problem with the actual taste of breakfast tacos, and I have no doubt that I'll find some that I like (obvs not at Magnolia, theirs were pretty ridiculous, maybe they ran out of salt and pepper in the kitchen or something). I guess I really was just looking for bigger and more portable, something to pick up on the way to work and eat in the car, and it doesn't seem like I'll find that. Which of course doesn't mean that I'll stop trying breakfast tacos in general. I think I'll definitely try Juan in a Million, I got such an extended kick out of that name, bad/great puns really do it for me.

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            1. re: eliza0124

              To make them more portable, ask them to double your tortillas if you are getting corn.

              1. re: eliza0124

                Don Luis Super Taco, although not near you, does have a large-size home made flour tortilla as an option for the lunch tacos. I would imagine that they could do that for a breakfast taco. I think that would get you where you need to be. Maybe try that on a Saturday or Sunday when you have time. It is at Pamer and Mopac, but it might be worth the trip if you were going to Fry's or something.

              2. I just left my job near Cameron this past Friday and for my last lunch I had a fat bacon, egg and cheese BT from Ken's Tacos. These are in no way portable but they are a great value for the money. Ken's are good but I think my favorites in that area come from Arandas. 3 for 2.29 (before 11) and they are always delicious albeit a little greasy. You'll need to speak a little espanol if you want your order correct. Maybe I talk too fast? I am partial to their migas as well.

                I grew up in NY and what I miss very much is a bacon, egg and cheese on a kaiser but that's a topic for another board. I've grown to love some breakfast tacos.

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                1. re: nypb

                  Although they aren't enormous, the tacos at Mi Madres on Manor Rd are foil wrapped (and delicious).

                2. I moved here about 2 years ago from Phoenix, so I feel your pain. I can tell you it does get easier and I am very well adjusted to the breakfast taco.

                  A large breakfast taco that I don't believe was mentioned is from Jim Bob's. It is on the west side, but worth the drive. I recommend the potato, egg and brisket. If you add cheese as well than it will hold together very well, much like a burrito. You will not want to order 2 of these, 1 will do just fine.

                  The only actual breakfast burritos I've seen are from fast food chains, sonic and whataburger. The sonic isn't great, but the whataburger taquito is actually pretty good.

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                  1. re: Lola_Tx

                    I don't think I've seen Jim Bob's mentioned here before. Can you describe what's good about the breakfast tacos there and how they compare to others? (If you've tried the Super Taco at Don Luis, a comparison to that would be especially helpful, as that has become my gold standard for large breakfast tacos since I found it.)

                    1. re: Knoblauch

                      I haven't been to Don Luis, so I can't really compare it. I can compare it to the Don Juan from Juan in a Million though. It is probably a little bigger than the Don Juan, but I much prefer the taste, and it holds together very well. They use a really large tortilla, so it wraps all the way around the eggs, so the filling isn't falling out everywhere. They are also very generous w/ the brisket.

                  2. Breakfast tacos are not just an Austin specialty, you can find them all throughout South Texas! I was born and raised in Corpus Chrisiti and grew up on my father's breakfast tacos (my mother died when I was quite young.) He'd wake up early in the morning for work at the naval base and leave breakfast tacos in a styrofoam warmer on the kitchen table for my brother and me. I'm going home next week (from the Northeast) and I'm looking forward to getting a mess of breakfast tacos from a place near downtown CC. Can't wait. I can smell the tortillas and chorizo wafting out of the walk-up window now!!!

                    I prefer breakfast tacos to burritos. You can fill a burrito with all you want, but then that's all you have. I can easily eat for different breakfast tacos in one sitting. My favorites: potato & egg, chorizo & egg, bean & cheese, and egg & bacon. Personally, I think it's heresy to put more than two things in your breakfast taco (not counting the salsa). That's just my rule. What I really crave though is a barbacoa taco. Nothing like it, although I went to a French restaurant in Connecticut once and ordered the beef cheeks and it was barbacoa!

                    1. I've been thinking about this since you mentioned it.

                      When I lived in L.A., I remember attempting to eat breakfast burritos that were about as big as my forearm.

                      I did miss them when I moved back to Texas. Happily, I discovered the breakfast taco, and I've made my way ever since w/o really heavily missing the L.A.-style breakfast burrito.

                      The closest thing I've found in content is the Burnet Road Burrito at Taco Shack. Just like the original giant breakfast burrito, the overwhelming scrambled eggs can make it hard to choke down without some salsa. One is enough for a breakfast-on-the-go, but it definitely isn't forearm-sized.

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                      1. re: ikster


                        I can give an honest opinion of the flour tortillas at the new Jorges - they are pretty good and, in fact, made right there in the kitchen (I asked). On the two visits that I've had there recently, however, between the enchiladas and the chile colorado and several other dishes, even when they are described as being spicy - pretty bland. Nothing excites me there.

                      2. Carmen's taco truck that is parked at the construction site on Nueces and 23rd has awesome rock'em sock'em breakfast tacos, heaping and tasty and with a better than average verde.

                        I'm also a fan of Mi Victoria's breakfast tacos. The chorizo and bean are tasty but punishing.

                        As far as enormous breakfast burritos you can always buy large tortillas.

                        1. Magnolia is just an awful restaurant in general, the breakfast tacos aren't really anything exceptionally bad compared to the rest of their menu! :)

                          I still think Maria's Taco Xpress has superior breakfast tacos (I tend to go with the exceptional Migas, Chorizo & Egg, and Potato & Cheese) but I don't go there as frequently since they got their new building. I guess I sort of burned out on them over the years -- the forced kitschiness is a little bit annoying (well, not as annoying as the South Lamar location), but goddamn the food is tasty.

                          The bacon potato and egg at Curra's south is perhaps my favorite single breakfast taco at the moment. I like to back it up with a little veggie chorizo & egg.

                          Speaking of veggie chorizo, if you're ever looking to eat at the Bouldin Creek coffee shop, go with the veggie chorizo and egg tacos. They are sort of absurdly overstuffed but rather tasty.

                          The migas tacos at Nueva Onda is rather tasty and a mere 2 minute walk from my house. I like their American sausage and egg as a backup taco. It seems that my breakfast taco ordering patterns usually involve a "primary taco" and a "backup taco." You always need a little variety, I do believe.

                          On the east side, I haven't explored as much. I sometimes stop at Porfirio's, they're quick and dirty, and I've been reasonably pleased with the bacon potato egg and chorizo egg. I very much enjoyed the chorizo plate the last time I was at Las Cazuelas, so I wouldn't hesitate to try the same chorizo egg combo in a taco next time I stopped by.

                          One more comment on breakfast tacos, generally speaking. One thing I've learned is that the cheese isn't really always that important of an ingredient. I grew up on breakfast sandwiches in New York, where cheese is an all-critical component, but in the taco, the salsa makes a big difference.

                          What is this "breakfast burrito" you speak of?

                          1. I just had a "breakfast wrap" from the Galaxy Cafe on Brodie and Slaughter. This is the closest thing I have seen to a breakfast burrito - foil wrapped, ate it in the car, peeling the foil as I went. There is nothing remotely Mexican about it, not even the "salsa" they served on the side, but it was serviceable, if not, to borrow scrumptiouschef's term, intensely delicious. I got a wheat tortilla filled with fluffy scrambled eggs (must have had some water or milk mixed in - super fluffy) with spinach, bacon and cheddar cheese. It was big, it was hot, it was good, not mindblowing..... sort of like a portable way to eat a decent basic scramble. The ingredients were well-placed - got a little of everything in each bite. You can pick your tortilla, plus three fillings besides eggs, for $4.95.

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                            1. re: saticoy

                              Good call. While I don't particularly like it, their "breakfast wrap" thing is closer to the L.A.-style breakfast burrito. I'd still pick the Burnet Road Burrito from Taco Shack over it if I had an L.A.-style breakfast burrito craving.

                              1. re: tom in austin

                                Aranda's has a chorizo and egg burrito. Maybe this is closer to the LA style breakfast burrito.

                            2. I to found the switch to "tacos" odd,since in N.M. a taco is served on a corn tortilla, i have had decent breakfast burrito's at Taco Cabana, they list tacos on the web site ,but have (or did have the last time i went in a T C) burritos, I order mine with cheese,eggs,potato,bacon,and chorizzo, then get plenty of salsa...pretty good stuff for a chain http://www.tacocabana.com/menu/breakf...

                              1. So what the hell happened? Did you find one?

                                1. I had a great BT at the airport of all places on a trip last week. If you ever want a quick bite before takeoff, The Salt Lick has a small taco stand. I had a egg, potato and cheese. The ingrdients weren't anything spectacular (although good) but the standout was the tortilla. It was a combination corn-flour and it was unlike any other tortilla I've had. I recommend giving it a try.

                                  1. I just moved to East Austin from Cali and I cannot find ANY great food in Austin. The only good Mexican food I found was at Los Pinos but thats too far (I went to go check out Carlos and Charlies but they were closed. So I stopped at this hole in the wall place that was open and they were GREAT and the service was excellent!) Anyway, back to the breakfast burrito. I would love to find a place that makes a breakfast burrito. I cannot even bring myself to say breakfast taco, It just sounds ridiculous! I want beans, eggs, bacon or chorizo , sour cream all wrapped together in the form of a BURRITO!! If you have any luck please let me know!! I also was told to go to Juan In a Million when I first arrived and yes, that name ROCKS!


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                                    1. re: Lear


                                      The citizens of Chowhound are here for you. Do not panic.

                                      Don't know where in Cali you're from, but I used to live in L.A. and I can say with mild confidence that Austin's sushi is on par with the best the West Coast has to offer. Try Uchi! Many reviews are available on this site; search on google for [uchi austin site:chowhound.com] and you'll do fine.

                                      You'll also find, if you're willing to drive, that you are now in the BBQ capital of the world. Austin, within city limits, itself only does so-so on this front. But we're literally surrounded by amazing places: Kruez, Cooper's, Smitty's, Blacks... I'm just getting started here. L.A. has nothing like this.

                                      Austin's Mexican food isn't bad. It isn't great, either -- I'm actually going through a crisis of faith after hitting all of my favorite places in Austin for Mexican and having mediocre experiences at all of them -- but I promise that L.A. doesn't have much of an edge. I'd probably say that L.A. and Austin are a push in this category. P.S. You dodged a bullet by not dining at Carlos and Charlie's (terrible).

                                      Where you're screwed is in the glorious land of hamburgers. L.A. is the home of America's burger culture. L.A.'s mediocre mini-chains are superior to almost everything we have here. If you're really missing L.A., the closest Austin version is P. Terry's (which is a small-but-national chain). A local bar -- Casino El Camino -- is superior to P. Terry's, but you'll wait 45 minutes to an hour for your burger, minimum. (Also, the Casino love on Chowhound is a little irrational. But the residents of Austin are probably a little crazy from a lack of good hamburgers: the bar is pretty low, so Casino seems like the second coming.)

                                      As far as breakfast burritos go: Austin doesn't have a L.A.-style burrito, but the closest I've had is the Burnet Road Burrito at Taco Shack (several locations). Apply ample salsa.

                                      Welcome to Austin!

                                      1. re: tom in austin


                                        Yes, I have been to Casino El Camino and although the kitchen staff is very ANGRY!! The burgers were EXCELLENT and the bartenders ROCK!! Dark and dingy is how I would explain it and coming from LA and enjoying a more alternative lifestyle I very much enjoyed the atmosphere at Casino El Camino. I love that no body bugged us the entire time we were there and everyone sticks to themselves.

                                        Thank you for your insight and I look forward to trying some of the BBQ places you recommended.


                                      2. re: Lear

                                        Avoid Carlos and Charlies! As for breakfast burritos, I don't know of a good place. Try El Chilito for breakfast tacos, (I think they might have a breakfast burrito on the menu as well) and the food at Chapala on E. Ceasar Chavez is cheap and solid. The tacos Al Pastor from there are fantastic, and try getting a taco with papas, napoles, y queso. (potato, cactus, and cheese) and the tostadas are quite nice. I don't enjoy the enchiladas from Chapala, but many other menu items are great. One of my favorite cheap mexican dinners is El Reggio Chicken on Riverside Dr. It's a simple formula: roasted spicy chicken served with corn tortillas, grilled carmelized onions, rice, limes, and spicy poblano sauce. the half chicken is actually a better deal because you get the same amout of rice and onion with a half chicken or a whole. Take it home unless you enjoy sitting in a parking lot on Riverside Drive and having no utensils other than spoons. They have a couple of other locations on the East side. It's like 12 bucks for a ton of food. (Enough for 3 people to stuff themselves) Also for Mexican I enjoy Curra's on Oltorf, though it's often very crowded. The best mexican food in town is Fonda San Miguel, but it's expensive and you have to be well dressed. For a romantic dressy date it's one of the best places in town.

                                        BBQ: I love Ruby's. It's conveniently located and the food is solid. The brisket is excellent and the home fries are cooked with rosemary, onions, mushrooms and cheese. They also have fantastic creamy coleslaw that is homemade and far from crappy industrial style coleslaw.

                                        Musashino is my favorite sushi spot by far. It's not as annoyingly trendy as Uchi. The sushi is excellent and so is the service. It's cheaper than Uchi as well. (Though not exactly cheap.)

                                        Go to Enotecca for Sunday brunch and for dinner as well. It's the same kitchen as the award winning Vespaio next door, but it's less expensive.

                                        Can you tell I love good food for not too much money?

                                        Good luck.

                                        1. re: Lear

                                          I suffered through miserable Mexican in SF's East Bay for a year and nearly cried every time I tried to duplicate the real deal....now I didn't explore the barrios of Oakland, or just barely, but everything I had north of there sucked. Everything. And those gawd awful burritos!!!! Stuffed with everything but the kitchen sink, though I think one I had contained that too. Nasty. FWIW, I've traveled a bunch in Mexico and NEVER saw anything called a burrito that didn't have four legs. This appears to be a California bastardization of the taco. Sorry, just can't swallow it. Give me a hot Tex-Mex style taco on a fresh tortilla. Now, I've never seen breakfast tacos in Mexico either... do it yourself with a plate of machacado con huevos or the like, yes, but never anything resembling what we have in texas. So neither are truly "authentic" Mexican in the way Diana Kennedy might define it. She scoffs at chips and salsa, and rightly so. Ya can get that now in Mexico, but only because they are trying to cater to gringos. Try finding such a think in the middle of Michoacan!!! Ha!

                                          As far as great food in Austin: the other thing that sucked in the East Bay was Vietnamese food. Austin's places are far better, generally speaking. I'm sure LA and the area around San Jose has better, so I hear, but the East Bay? Forget it. For that matter, the famed Slanted Door in SF sucks too. Sunflower in Austin is far better by a long, long mile...

                                          1. re: sambamaster

                                            Hi sambamaster,

                                            Nice to hear from you on the Austin board again. Your posting record makes it seem like you've had a pretty exciting summer. Would it be safe to assume that you still recommend La Michoacana Meat Market for (breakfast) tacos? And didn't you once write that Habana made the best machacado in town? I just wanted to recap some of your local favorites for anyone who missed out on your earlier posts.


                                            1. re: MPH

                                              Though I'm still in the not-so-wilds of Kansas (amber waves of grain, yes, decent food...not so much---I can't get any response to any of my posts on the Midwest board regarding Wichita), I think I can still safely vouch for La Michoacana (and will go there the minute I'm back in A-town) and, though I think my own machacado is better than Habana's (made with machacado purchased at La Michoacana!), their's is pretty decent.

                                              I sure do miss Asia Cafe, but will be in Flushing NY this week to do a food court crawl of some of the Chinese food courts there, plus visit Grand Sichuan International on St. Mark's Pl.(the midtown location lost it's lease). I spent two weeks in Florence, Rome and Montalcino last month and will post more on that on the Italy board once I post the last 350 photos (half food, at least) on Flickr.

                                              Back to Austin: anything new at Asia Cafe? And did anyone ever locate a Moroccan place in Austin...seemed like one was opening on the Drag around 27th st. or so???

                                              MPH, seems like you are less into Asian and more into Mexican, Italian or others...can't recall too many posts from you on Asian...??? Ah, and the Backstage, one of your faves; will go there when I get back, maybe sometime this summer (visiting only).

                                              1. re: sambamaster


                                                I haven't seen anything new at Asia Cafe since they introduced Periwinkles. Also, I've had no luck in my several visits to Wichita and Topeka. Sctoch and Sirloin was okay. Did you search for "Wichita" on the midwest board? There seems to be several recommendations.

                                                Good to hear from you again.

                                                1. re: sambamaster

                                                  Not sure if this is the place you're referring to, and it's likely that it's not even new, but I recently heard of Cafe Kasbah and then came across this article:

                                                  I could def'y go for some Moroccan around here.

                                                  Btw, here's a link to some Wichita eats from another informative food forum:

                                                  1. re: Nab

                                                    I pass by this place (in the car) almost everyday. Sadly, it appears (I could be wrong) to be closed. Even when I remember it being open, it didn't seem to have a lot of business. Maybe people were still ticked off that Mojo's was gone.

                                                    1. re: ashes

                                                      And I really should read a bit more before posting links to articles. It appears that this place opened in March/April of 2006, and when it decided to offer Moroccan food, it was by reservation only and for parties of 10 at a minimum. Would've been perfect for a hound outing.

                                                      Here's the relevant (or maybe not so relevant anymore) paragraph:

                                                      "Note that because traditional Moroccan food is typically several courses long and involves a lot of preparation and presentation, Cafe Kasbah offers it by reservation only. If you do decide to preorder a Moroccan feast, for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 guests, you may request any Moroccan dish your heart desires. Kasbah will whip up anything from lamb tagine and couscous to bastilla, a puff pastry stuffed with ground chicken or Cornish game hen, omelet, cinnamon, powdered sugar and nuts.
                                                      Because of Morocco’s unique location, food is made up of French, Spanish, Mediterranean, Berber and North African influences. Moroccan cuisine is heavily rooted in cooked vegetables, sweet meats, spices, grains and tangy fruits. If you’ve never tried Moroccan food before, I highly recommend the experience. I can say with full confidence and no hesitation that of all the cuisines I’ve sampled, Moroccan food is my favorite and has been for many years."

                                                      I wonder if this meal is still possible.

                                                  2. re: sambamaster

                                                    Hey sambamaster,

                                                    What can I say? I can only handle two major and a few minor food obsessions at a time. ;-) I’ll happily stay fixated on Tex-Mex and Mexican until I complete my chow tour of the entire east side. And I love Italian food. But I have really enjoyed Asia Market Cafe more than a few times, thanks to your posts. I look forward to a monomaniacal focus on their entire menu at some happy point in the future.

                                                    I personally can't comment on the food, but there is a new Chinese place in town: Shanghai Restaurant. Apparently, it was opened by the folks who used to run Marco Polo a few years back. (Thus, they are not to blame for the current state of affairs over there.) In case you’re curious, here's a link to a recent thread:


                                                    Of course, when you visit Austin, you will—understandably—probably head straight to your old faves.

                                                    I look forward to reading more about your Tuscan chowhounding adventures on the Italy board.


                                                    1. re: MPH

                                                      MPH: glad Asia Cafe has tickled your palate. Try the braised pork...it's a chunk of sliced belly, more or less "red cooked" and served on a bed of preserved greens which can sometimes be a tad burnt...but the buttery slices of pork belly are heavenly. This makes chicken the other white meat for sure--fatty, yep, thank god they have not bred all of that out of our little piggies just yet. There is another pork thing, pork leg?, that is pretty good too, but not quite as flavorful in my opinion, but still worth trying. (will be eating crispy pata on friday in NYC at a filipino place...crisp fried pig's foot....speaking of piggies...this little piggy went to market!)
                                                      here is a link to the very first batch of Italy photos. more soon, i hope.


                                                      look fast before they delete this post...

                                            2. I feel your pain, I'm originally from Chicago and to say the least Pizza in Austin is HORRIBLE! I'm dumbfounded how Mangia can even stay in business. But back to the topic at hand. I lived out in AZ for a bit and got hooked on Breakfast Burritos. Breakfast Tacos are just no match. Taco Shack-Bland, Kerbie lane/Magnolia-Stick to the queso, Taco Xpress-Sure if you like burnt eggs, Don Juan@Juan in a Million-Might as well throw in the toilet and skip a step. After many attempts and many disappointments I finally found THE SPOT! Super Burrito on Oltorf and Parker. Breakfast Burritos just like in AZ and Cali. They also have Carne Asada Burrito's that put FREEBIRDS trash in a tortilla to shame. Try it out, you won't be disappointed. I drive from all the way from Cedar Park about once a week just for a Potato/Egg/Cheese Burrito. And at 2.80 a gallon it's still worth it. FYI they're closed on Sundays.

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                                              1. re: chris c

                                                Super Burrito certainly does offer burritos. I did a longer review of their chow as part of my series on Tex-Mex on the east and southeast sides:


                                                Here are some relevant excerpts for this thread:

                                                “At Super Burrito the meat fillings are all prepared in advance and then re-warmed on the griddle. Thus, the fattier cuts hold up best. I’ve sampled generous tacos of carne asada ($1.75), lengua ($1.75), carnitas ($1.75), and barbacoa ($1.50). The carnitas were not great: The meat was cut in flat one-inch squares and tasted more like a cut-up pork chop than the rich, crisp-yet-tender pork meat that it should be. The barbacoa, however, was pretty good—crisp on the edges from being warmed on the griddle, and flavorful. The lengua, also cut in flat squares, was moist and tasty. The small squares of round steak in the carne asada did not reheat well; thus, the meat was tough and barely warm.”

                                                . . . .

                                                Other . . .fillings are available: [pork] adobada, beef, chicken, carne guisada, and fish. I don’t know how all the beef, chicken, and fish are prepared, but I would imagine that stewed filings, like fattier cuts of meat, reheat better than grilled ones. Tortillas are store-bought and unspectacular.”

                                                Warning: Super Burrito’s tendency to include generous servings of guacamole can make everything really soggy.

                                                In my opinion, SB is good enough for a snack if you’re already on Oltorf, but it’s not the best take-out or drive-through on Austin's east and southeast sides. I’m speaking generally of the quality of their fillings, tortillas, and salsas. I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison of burritos from Super Burrito and Freebirds. Or anywhere else.

                                                1. re: chris c

                                                  Shoot - the only day that I like breakfast burritos is on Sunday. Guess I'll just have to go somewhere else!

                                                2. I'm sure that you are no longer following this thread, but I'd like to point out the lack of input on local taquerias. I know they're greasy, their coffee is hit or miss, and the service is usually lacking. But they're cheap, and I regularly patronize my nearest (the newly renamed Jesus Maria at Woodrow and 2222, also known as Taqueria Jalisco or Jalisco Taqueria or something). Just a great excuse to put work off for an hour while I eat something heavy, drink lots of coffee, and read the paper.

                                                  Regarding breakfast burritos, specifically: Taqueria Jefe's on Lamar serves a hangover cure of a breakfast burrito. It has everything in it but pancake batter and maple syrup. Beans, eggs, bacon, potatoes, cheese. Their salsa is good and spicy. They run out of creamer, but that's okay - it's attached to a corner store, so you can go get a pint of milk and enjoy your $4 burrito the size of your calf.

                                                  Taqueria Jefes is on Lamar, a few blocks north of 2222. You go north on Lamar, cross 2222, pass the intersection with Denson, pass the Whataburger, and turn right at the next street (Lamar Place). Taqueria Jefes is the restaurant with iron bars on its windows, attached to the cheap gas station.

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                                                  1. re: KPeff


                                                    I have to agree with the Taqueria's. I have one by my house, Taqueria Tapenquna, at it is AWESOME. For a low price, you get like a dozen eggs. Ok, maybe that is a an exaggeration, but you do get like at least 8, real scrambled eggs. The huevos rancheros are great, as is the addition of the chorizo. It comes with beans (which are good) and potatoes (which, I would prefer to be more crispy). I do have to say it comes with a measly piece of ham, which I would rather not have. And, don't order the OJ, as it was Sunny D....ewww! BUT... the eggs/tacos are great!

                                                    1. re: Aggiegirl1998

                                                      So my first visit to Austin. I had 4 days, and wanted to cover as many of the Taqueria's as possible. Stumbled in to arandas #3 the first night about 11, and went from there (there al pastor was good not great). Also went to La Fonda SM for brunch, which was very nice, and a good value. My real discovery was MIGAS! OMG I had free breakfast at the hotel, but skipped almost all of them to go and have migas! On the last morning, I was dashing for the I-35 and came across Vasquez Restaurant on 915 E Braker. A beautiful delicious plate with almost too hot peppers, juicy tomatoes and very fresh tortillas. The potatoes on the side were extremely hot and crispy, made to order. Damn, and I won't be back for a year. Me? Grew up in SoCal, and have lived in Seoul, Korea for 17 years, employed as an Exec Chef at a big time hotel...

                                                    2. re: KPeff

                                                      Well, why not hit thunderbird coffee before you go? :) Can you elaborate on what you had at Jesus Maria, I'm in the hood as well and been meaning to go.

                                                      1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                                                        Hey Chuckles,

                                                        I like to go to Jesus Maria for simple modular meals (coffe + 2 tacos, a burrito, or a torta), for their 3.99 daily specials (chicken enchiladas are good, dunno where they are on the weekly rotation), and for their 4.99 plates at any time of day. Lately, I've become a fan of their chalupas, so I like to get a plate with rice, beans, a chalupa, and an enchilada on it.

                                                        It's pretty standard taqueria fare. What I like about this place is that it's usually very clean, and the staff is pretty smiley and laid back. Jefe's is kind of shabby, and Arandas #3 is just cheap and broken. I'll take Jesus Maria for everything except a huge breakfast burrito at Jefe's.

                                                        1. re: KPeff

                                                          My favorite breakfast tacos in Austin are to be found at Tamale House on Airport Blvd. Delicious and cheap.... just don't plan on sitting down to eat them there.

                                                    3. As you have already discovered, TexMex and Sonoran are totally different cuisines. Having grown up in Texas plus having lived in SoCal on 2 different occasions, I know I still prefer TexMex, but have learned to appreciate some Sonoran places in CA and AZ, as well as thoroughly enjoying a good fish taco.

                                                      That being said, if you like things on the spicy side, you may wind up preferring TexMex to what you are used to. I can't think of any Sonoran place anywhere that serves up a salsa as hot as the average TexMex version.

                                                      And if we're talking breakfast and Mex, then I gotta throw in a rec for a splurge at Fonda San Miguel for brunch. Go hungry and be prepared for an amazing array of Central Mexican delights. And if you are a chile-head, ask for their chipotle salsa on the side. Their red and green are salsas are quite good, but the chipotle rocks.

                                                      1. I just moved here from Lubbock and had to resurect this thread. I HATE the breakfast tacos in Austin. Yuck. To me, they are mushy and everything is so mixed up you can't taste anything. I miss good breakfast burritos. The only place I've found on my drive to work where I can get a halfway decent one is Jack in the Box (I drive down 290 from Congress to MoPac.)

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                                                        1. re: GenieinTX

                                                          Welcome to Austin, GenieinTX. I'm pretty impressed that you've already managed to sample all (or even most of) the breakfast tacos mentioned in this thread. I've been here a little over two years, and I'm just barely halfway through with my quest to try all the places on the southeast and east sides of town.

                                                          In case you're just having bad luck, don't give up yet. When I first moved here, I had quite a few bad meals before I found what I consider to be the good stuff. Here are links to a few more threads about some options near your route:




                                                          As others have pointed out, the burrito options in town are limited, but tacos abound. In my opinion, it's worth checking out the good ones—even if you have to go out of your way for them. As you may have found out, not altering one's route to work usually results in settling for less. While I'm at it, I'll give a link to the site's manifesto:


                                                          Please keep us posted on your search for truly delicious local chow.

                                                        2. the breakfast tacos at fuegos authentic mexican & california cuisine are mighty tasty!! they're like mini burritos--with choices like eggs, potatoes, sausage, cheese, bacon, chorizo and even beans on a flour or corn tortilla. the yummy red and green salsas finish the tacos off just perfectly. they're pretty reasonably priced at $1.50. the locations is somewhat easy to miss--it's on north lamar and morrow. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!

                                                          1. I'm on the same page with you as is my wife and brother-in-law. There very few breakfast burritos in austin, and where you can find them they are overpirced. People in Austin don't understand the value of a good breakfast burrito compared to tacos. I've been in Austin for eight years and know there is a lot of good lunch and dinner, but coming from Galveston, Austin lacks on breakfast.

                                                            All over Galveston, and Houston too I think, you can get giant breakfast burritos on 15" tortillas from $2.25 - $4.00. They're often called 'suprise burritos' and come standard with egg, bacon, beans, pototatoes and cheese and sometimes chorizo, all for one price.
                                                            In Austin, every place assumes you want two ingredients on your breakfast tacos, then adding four other ingredients overloads the tortilla, and runs the price up to about $3.50! Needless to say, when I head to Galveston there's always trips to the donut shoppe, el gusto or el napoalito. And usually the salsa is very spicey so you don't sog up your burrito.

                                                            The places i've had breakfast burritos here in town are weak. Taqueria Jeffes sells one for around $5 and it's not great. Cocnina de Consuelo sells them a bit cheaper but I'm not impressed with them. Taqueria Las Chavas might be the best I've had so far.

                                                            I have had one breakfast burrito about seven years ago that was really good, but someone else picked them up off of Cesar Chavez St. and I havn't been able to find them since.

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                                                            1. re: Scrambletron

                                                              Taco Shack offers the Burnet Road Burrito and I usually have them sub sausage for bacon. It's probably nothing like the 15" surprise burritos, but I like them for the amount they're able to stuff inside. I'd prefer to eat one well-stuffed burrito to three tacos. It's something about the density and mouth-feel of a burrito you can sink your teeth into. I know Taco Shack is a local chain, and not an obscure chow-find. But, I do like that breakfast burrito.

                                                              1. re: stephanieh

                                                                I've had the burnet burrito, but left it off the list of Austin burritos i've had. It is a descent size burrito and costs just under $4 if I remember correctly. However, I never eat at taco shack due mainly to their weak salsa. I need salsa on my tex mex, and theirs taste like mild dishwater, or somthing, definately not the usual suspects of veggies and chiles in most salsas. Besides that, there used to be a taco joint on the corner of 29th and guadalupe called 'Taco Wars' that was good. Taco shack bought them out around 2003 and i've been bitter since.

                                                              2. re: Scrambletron

                                                                Someone mentioned it earlier, but Super Burrito does a great breakfast burrito, at least by Austin standards. I found them a bit better than the Taco Shack breakfast burritos. I also love the Chango's breakfast burrito, but they have a very different style than your typical breakfast burrito.