This funky Taqueria has everything a starving artist (or any starving person, for that matter) needs: great gobs of Mexican food for a few pennies and a smile. Their location one block south of Oltorf on South First has a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere complete with orange diner booths and exotic art, which rivals that of Star Seeds or any other local hipster dive, except here the service is friendlier and 90% of the folks around you won't be speaking English. There is a jukebox with all your Spanish favorites, and the location on Burnet even sells beer. Arandas specializes in Jalisco-style Mexican food, and their spicy, tangy tacos al pastor are the attraction to jones for - marinated pork, fresh cilantro, onions, lime juice and salsa wrapped in two corn tortillas for only $1.30. Plus, where else can you find a plate of cow brains for under six bucks?
Taqueria Arandas #5, 2448 S. First, 512/707-0887
Taqueria Arandas #2, 2038 W. Stassney, 512/448-4771
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