5119 Burnet Rd., 512/382-0823
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 7am-10pm; Fri., 7am-11pm; Sat., 8am-11pm; Sun., 8am-10pm
The crowds gathering at all hours attest to the loyal following Torchy's has developed. Look for crowdpleasers like their fried avocado taco or inventive takes like the ahi-tuna-filled Mr. Pink. Make sure to try the breakfast menu too.
- 2018: Readers Tacos
- 2018: Readers Cheap Date
- 2017: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2016: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2015: Readers Best Tacos
- 2014: Readers Best Cheap Tacos
- 2014: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2013: Readers Best Tacos (Torchy's)
- 2010: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2008: Critics Most Seductive Queso
This spacious, no-frills Austin institution serves classic Tex-Mex breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily. Look for the fresh homemade tortillas, crispy tacos, and slow-roasted beef ribs.
5804 N I-35, 512/458-2531
The offerings from Jae Kim’s brick and mortar "Home of the Kimchi Fries" should be as yummy as that of the popular trucks. The menu is slightly different, sporting Kimchi fried rice balls containing rice, cheddar, Monterey Jack, nori, and gochujang, but retains plenty of crowd favorites.
5222 Burnet Rd, 512/852-9970
This taqueria with a goofy sense of humor turns out superior food from a mesquite-fired grill. Be sure to try the Pirata, with smoked Angus sirloin, sea salt, cheese, and avocado.
2525 West Anderson, 512/452-0001