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Mellizoz Tacos

1503 S. First, 512/916-4996
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 8am-3:30pm; Thu.-Fri., 8am-10pm; Sat., 9am-10pm; Sun., 9am-9pm
This SoFi mobile taqueria (formerly known as Izzoz) remains a favorite among the gourmet taco trucks. Try the Padre taco – braised carnita pork, avocado, and pineapple salsa fresca – and a side of garlic fries.
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