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People Smack Me When I Say I Don't Like Tacodeli & P. Terry's

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But I just don't care for their food. I think others in town do it better. I just don't get the appeal of either spot. But they both have rabid followers! On the other hand, I'm just as rabid in my adoration of thin crust pizza from Frank & Angie's. It's wonderful that Austin has such a large number of pizza/taco/hamburger restaurants & trailers so that we can all find our favorites. Favorites like Juan in a Million's Don Juan breakfast taco or Hat Creek Burger's french fries or Mike's Pub's greasy cheeseburgers or lengua tortas from Taqueria Arandas on S. 1st. Variety, you are the spice of life, even within a genre.

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  1. I'm another person who doesn't really get the P. Terry's love. I've eaten there twice. First time was a notable disappointment, and the second time was blah. Is it because it's local? I dunno. Don't get it. I've never tried Tacodeli

    you aren't alone.

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    Tacodeli
    12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

    1. P. Terry's struck me as overrated too. I'm still convinced of Mike's Pub's chow-worthiness for burgers.

      I can't get the Tacodeli fascination -- or Taco Shack either...

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      Tacodeli
      12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

      Mike's Pub
      108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

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      1. re: exlnghrn

        The few times I've had P. Terry's the burger was a hockey puc and only filled half the little bun it came on. I don't get it either.

        1. re: exlnghrn

          I love, love, love the greasy burgers at Mike's Pub. Now I do enjoy Taco Shack's breakfast taco of fajita & eggs...I have them add slices of avocado & put it on a corn tortilla. Mmm.

          1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

            It's been something like 15 years since I've been to Mike's. They aren't open on the weekend; are they?

            1. re: amysuehere

              No weekends, but it's worth a trip when they are open.

              http://www.mikes-pub.com/

              1. re: brentwood

                I work up at Mopac/183, so odds are slim, dang it.

        2. I'm with you on the P. Terry's, but don't jive talk Tacodeli! Then again, I can't stand the food at Juan in a Million and I like the burgers at Five Guys. So. Yes, to each their own marching drummer and whatnot make the different strokes of the world go round.

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          Tacodeli
          12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

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          1. re: bookgrrl72

            LOL And I really like the Don Juan taco at JIAM and their diner coffee. Tee hee. I haven't tried Five Guys burgers yet.

          2. P. Terry's is grody, but the Mojo fish taco with dona sauce at Taco Deli is delicious.

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            1. re: wwiggins

              never tried p. terry's and YES this is my favorite at taco deli.
              since i am not a huge meat eater, maybe my love for taco deli is really just for these 1-2 items?
              perhaps that explains the lovers and the haters.

              1. re: wwiggins

                I like some of Tacodeli's offerings (mmm mojo fish taco), but I would never harass someone for not liking it. I hate how crowded it gets and how they completely neglect the coffee after 11 am. Also the tortas are no bueno.

                Agreed on P.Terry's. I don't get why people like this place. There are far, far better local burger joints around Austin.

              2. Agree 100% on Tacodeli. Tried it a few times, always packed. Did not enjoy the food.

                Have yet to try P. Terry's. Going to be hard to beat Hat Creek and Top Notch though in the thin patty burger department...

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                Top Notch
                7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

                Tacodeli
                12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

                1. i LOVE tacodeli! i think it's so good. P. Terry's is good for me, but quantity-vs.quality hubby thinks they're too small. i really like the fries when they're fresh, and the oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. yum!

                  1. I have not tried P. Terry's, but I agree 100% on Tacodeli. I went several times and got good food maybe once, and the rest I had to throw away it was so bad.

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                    Tacodeli
                    12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

                    1. I haven't tried Tacodeli but will agree on the P.Terry's.The patty was the smallest buger patty I've ever had and I had to scrape the gobs of mustard off. Not a fan of shoestring fries either.
                      Another overrated Austin local I'll add to my list is Torchy's. Decent tacos but sooo overpriced I haven't been back.

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                      Tacodeli
                      12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

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                      1. re: Lixer

                        I agree the hamburgers are nothing special at P.Terry's, but the chicken burger is outstanding and i don't know of another drive-thru in town that has anything like it. I always get it with the special sauce instead of the mayo. YUM!!

                      2. I wouldn't smack you (unless you were into that), but I love P.Terry's and Tacodeli. At the same time, I really like all your other choices. So it's OK not to like a few Austin favorites.

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                        Tacodeli
                        12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

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                        1. re: Buddylove

                          Buddylove you get points for making me smile. I think I should probably try the mojo fish tacos before I completely write off Tacodeli...but it's the last chance for them.

                        2. I like the flavors at Tacodeli, but just don't understand why it takes so long to get an expensive breakfast taco that is always lukewarm at best.

                          The only thing I've ever had there for breakfast or lunch that has been hot has been the soup.

                          1. I've just started liking P. Terry's actually. The secret, at least for me, is a double cheeseburger or a chicken burger (add pickles). If it's just for a plain cheeseburger or burger, then no thank you. And it's not even remotely my favorite burger, it's just that now, if I want a burger close to me (south), I have an option that's not a national fast food chain.

                            As for Taco Deli, I love the Jess's Special breakfast taco (migas taco with avocado) with Dona salsa, but everything else I've had there has been pretty mediocre. I still like it better than Torchy's or Garridos, but not even close to Al Pastor.

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                            1. re: foodiegal71

                              SInce P.Terry's attempts to clone In-n-Out to a degree, I've noticed they suffer the exact same problem. At both places, the single patty burger is blah. Something about the double meat-double cheese makes it just right.

                            2. i agree about P.Terry's. their burger doesn't have much flavor and there is way too much lettuce overwhelming everything. of course, i could get it without the lettuce, but i still don't think i would like it much better.
                              As for Tacodeli, i like some of their breakfast tacos, such as the Jess Special, and one of the fish tacos i had there was decent. but the rest, i could easily pass on.

                              1. Agreed, I get hated on when I tell people I don't like P. Terry's. Their burgers are too small and aren't very flavorful. Their fries are decent, but once they get cold... yuck!