Breakfast taco: your choice of fillings in a soft, usually flour tortilla. Choose from bacon, chorizo, egg, potato, refried beans, migas, or machacado.
Migas: Eggs scrambled together with cheese and still-crisp tortilla chips, topped by ranchero sauce (hot, tomato-based salsa).
Pozole: Chicken and hominy soup in a pork broth. Garnish it yourself with tiny side trays of oregano, chili de arbol, onion, and lime. An absolute must.
Huevos Rancheros: Eggs topped with ranchero sauce, served with tortillas.
Huevos à la Mexicana: Eggs scrambled with onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños or bell peppers.
Chorizo: Traditional Mexican pork sausage. Highly seasoned, but not hot like Italian or Polish sausage. Reddish brown color, crumbly texture.
Menudo: Tripe stew - a traditional Mexican hangover cure that separates the squeamish from the brave (Mexicans who grew up eating it).
Chilaquiles: Crispy tortilla chips softening in a chili sauce, topped with lots of jack cheese, garnished with sour cream.
Machacado: Mexican-style dried beef, usually scrambled with eggs.
Papas Fritas: Fried potatoes, superior to home fries.
Knowing the terminology is important, but so is where to go. Start the day off right at one of the following breakfast hot spots - in some cases, menu recommendations are included.
6400 S. First St., 441-2424
Scores of Austin musicians can't be wrong about the huevos benedictos.
Cisco's Restaurant Bakery & Bar
1511 E. Sixth St., 478-2420
Legendary breakfast spot, especially for the political crowd. Migas, huevos rancheros.
614 E. Oltorf, 444-0012
Huevos Motulenos - two fried eggs swimming in black beans, garnished with fried bananas and topped with a chipotle (dried jalapeño) sauce.
El Sol y la Luna
1224 S. Congress Ave., 444-7770
Posole - you won't be sorry.
Enchiladas y Mas
2804 N. I-35, 478-9222
Chorizo Migas - with enough spice and heat to give your upper lip the serious sweats.
Guero's Taco Bar
1412 S. Congress, 447-7688
Homemade tortillas and celebrity-watching with every breakfast served.
1201 E. Sixth St., 472-0323
Juan in a Million
2300 East Cesar Chavez St., 472-3872
Don Juan taco - chunks of bacon, eggs, and a pile of cheese make this taco way too big for the one tortilla; make sure you order an extra.
1816 S. First, 447-1280
Las Manitas (Avenue Cafe)
211 Congress, 472-9357
Migas Especiales con Hongos - good migas made better with mushrooms and garlic.
1707 E. Sixth St., 472-3222
Migas With Cheese - some of the cheesiest - and most comforting to the tummy - in town.
2201 Manor Rd., 322-9721
2004 S. First St.,
Machacado con Huevos - all breakfasts here are under $4. Try the remarkable salsas.