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rockbound Feb 7, 2014 04:19 PM

Not to be too repetitive here but I have a few specific needs in my search.I've done quite a bit of research and here's what I'm looking for my only breakfast in Austin on this trip (doesn't mean I can't hit a couple or three stops): home-made torillas, barbacoa, lengua and al pastor.Thanks all for any help

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    rockbound Feb 12, 2014 02:30 PM

    Thanks everyone for all the recs. Follow up questions:El Taco Rico open for breakfast?I read they open at 11:00.We'll be headed out east towards Tomball after taco munch. Do you think going South (staying the nite on Sixth St.) to El Meson, La Flor or La Moreliano would be too out of the way? Thx again

    1. tom in austin Feb 9, 2014 06:54 AM

      Hi. Welcome to Austin. I'll be your guide.

      Breakfast through Lunch, take a taco tour, all grouped in East & South Austin, to be hit in this order:
      * El Primo for a single breakfast taco
      * La Flor for a breakfast taco (also has delicious lunch tacos, so if you're craving picadillo, feel free to make an early switch)
      * El Meson on Burleson has great tacos; still wanting breakfast tacos? try chori-migas taco on flour or eggs, bacon, potato, cheese on flour; wanting to move towards lunch? try chilorio, pipian, tinga, cochinita pibil, or al pastor on corn. Do not confuse w/ El Meson Lamar
      * Mi Ranchito's carnitas is a must; good desebrada as well - either way go heavy on their spicy green sauce
      * El Taco Rico's on Montopolis barbacoa + anything else, everything is good [this place is considered by many the crown jewel of Austin tacos]
      * Rosita's Al Pastor's tacos al pastor

      Getting full? Time to wind this thing down at a sit-down restaurant w/ a bar, either:
      * Curra's on Oltorf (Tex-Mex meets Interior Mex) where you can grab a table, relax, and have a couple avocado margaritas (people love them although I think they're vile) or Negra Modelos; split the cochinita pibil (probably the best pibil in town!)
      * La Condesa: fancy, upscale interior Mexican downtown, stylish and hip, expensive

      Finally, go home and take a nap!

      Appendix A: Other good places to get tacos that I left off this itinerary:
      - La Moreliana on E. William Cannon
      - La Fruta Feliz
      - Marcelino Pay y Vino
      - El Mana
      - Panaderia Chuy
      - Taqueria Los Canario
      - Taco More
      - La Michoacana

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      1. re: tom in austin
        girloftheworld Feb 9, 2014 09:55 AM

        ohhh How could have forgotten Rositas..Good rec Tom

        or Fonda San Miguel ( sunday brunch) which i prefer for upscale over La condensa

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        ieathereforeiam Feb 8, 2014 04:01 PM

        tacodeli makes some of the most legit tacos in town for lunch. for breakfast tacos you want to go just about anywhere on south lamar or don juans.

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        1. re: ieathereforeiam
          girloftheworld Feb 9, 2014 09:51 AM

          the op wants authentic tacos

        2. slowcoooked Feb 8, 2014 05:39 AM

          Look up La Fruta Feliz on here and elsewhere. They have killer tortillas that you will hear being "pitty patted" out for the griddle after you order your food. their goat barbacoa is outstanding (chico), as are the pastor and carnitas. find / ask for a squeezer of the avocado salsa. it's kicked up and a great addition to everything. don't be distracted by the fact the spot and area isn't much to speak of. these are probably the best tacos in town and anything better is really just splitting hairs. at least for those fillings, for sure. +1 for el taco rico.

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          1. re: slowcoooked
            girloftheworld Feb 8, 2014 09:56 AM

            they are good....

            but do youfind they tend to be out of stuff? whic of coure when you are at make it from scratch place is a risk I rather have that than let me thaw another bag anyday

            1. re: girloftheworld
              slowcoooked Feb 9, 2014 06:36 AM

              Hmmm, I bet I've eaten weekday lunches there (work at UT, so it's a 5 min. drive) 50 times or more and can't recall them being out of anything but maybe consistent chips and salsa. Sometimes they'll make their chips fresh fried, others they're some awful tostitos knockoff. I always get a two meat plate half and half pastor, carnitas, and chivo in some combination. love it.

              1. re: slowcoooked
                girloftheworld Feb 9, 2014 10:02 AM

                must have been the time I hit ..late after lunch rush and twice they were out of carnitas...and onces they had a special of cabra .. good to know it is an exception fluke

          2. girloftheworld Feb 7, 2014 08:59 PM

            Cisco's - authentic, historic, Austin

            stay away from Torcheys..Tacodeli.. it is hipster breakfast food

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              chrisdds98 Feb 7, 2014 08:49 PM

              el taco rico for the 'coa. can't help with the others. I did not care for ETR's pastor

              1. Veggo Feb 7, 2014 04:29 PM

                I see you're from the Big Easy - I recommend a migas breakfast at Cisco's, w/biscuit, tortillas, any sides you want. Make it easy on yourself, you'll be sassified.

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