the best tacos in austin

November 5, 2010

For those just tuning in, I recently returned to Minneapolis after a couple of weeks in Austin where my husband and I had a rip-roaring wedding celebration, almost three years after we originally tied the knot.

I whipped out my phone to snap these two lone photos one day when Dan and I were madly running last minute wedding errands. We stopped at El Taquito, an unassuming taco shop on East Riverside Drive, and grabbed tacos al pastor, carnitas tacos and some posole.

I can hardly stop salivating just remembering how good these were. You don’t need a ton of accoutrement with your tacos – beautifully marinated and cooked meat, fresh cilantro, crunchy raw onion, a wedge of fresh lime, a good homemade tortilla and you’re good to go.

If you’re in Austin, you’ll be spoiled for choice on Mexican food. There’s a lot to choose from but if you want the most authentic and delicious Mexican food head over to the east side and find a taco truck or taqueria – you can hardly go wrong.

Food trucks have become big business in Austin since I lived there five years ago with trucks popping up all over the place selling everything from sno cones to cupcakes.

But taco trucks have been part of the city’s character for a while. You could pretty much pick any one on the east side and I’m pretty sure you’d feel like you struck gold! Otherwise, some classics according to my Austinite friends include Torchy’s Tacos, Tacodeli, and of course El Taquito, where these pictures were snapped.

Just be sure to make this part of your Austin experience – it’s a simple and amazingly delicious (and cheap!) pleasure that you just can’t find by dining at a restaurant.

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Erica November 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

The best and most tasty foods (in my opinion) are on the simpler side. These look fantastic. My husband is a Mexican fanatic. Maybe some day we’ll take a trip to Austin! When do we get to see wedding pics??

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crunchy granola gal November 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

i don’t know when i’m gonna be in austin, but i WILL be stopping here if and when. i adore mexican food, and the fact that i haven’t had any legit tex-mex makes me a little sad on the inside.

glad the wedding celebration was a load o’ fun! congrats again :)

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Erin November 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Food from a truck is one of the gems of Texas

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