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Nov 13, 2009 08:14 AM

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

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.

    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...

      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.


              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.

          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...

                Top Notch
                7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

                12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758