Reasonably priced Mexican cuisine and a relaxed setting make this a great place for a quick, no-hassles meal.
You'll find real Mexican food, real corn tortillas, and real Mexican Cokes, all at a reasonable price. Try the birria lamb and the perfect picadillo.
The barbacoa is top notch, while the picadillo is mind-numbingly good, made from minced – not ground – beef. What sucked us in originally was the promise of chivo (goat barbacoa), which melts in your mouth with intensely good flavor and isn't too gamey. The carne guisada is tender and smothered in a rich, beefy, comino-kissed sauce, while the pork carnitas are tender and unctuous. When it all settles out, La Fruta has vaulted into rarified territory as one of the best taquerias in town.
The wide selection of inexpensive pan dulces, empanadas, and galletas is available 24/7, just like the taqueria menu. Get the tres leches cake on your way out.
Look for a dozen egg dishes for early risers, as well as machacado and nopales, enchiladas potosinas, and plenty of Mexican standards.
This funky little joint with the brightly decorated patio is the heart and soul of South Austin. Arrive early for hundreds of breakfast taco variations, great migas, great hot sauce, and a full bar.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall tortilla factory churns out fresh corn and flour tortillas throughout the day. But they also serve simple Mexican home cooking – like nopales con puerco, carne deshebrada, and picadillo – in tacos, gorditas, or plates with beans and rice. Don't leave without a container of one of their splendid salsas.
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