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Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco
Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco.
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Where to Find Migas in All Its Glorious Forms in Austin

Get the Tex-Mex favorite on a plate, taco, and even a kolache

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Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco.
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Migas, the classic breakfast dish of Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine, is honored in many forms in Austin. The traditional take involves some version of scrambled eggs and crispy tortilla strips piled up on a plate. Usually the dish also includes some combination of sauce (most commonly ranchero, the mildly spicy red Tex-Mex standard), chiles, onions, and cheese. But the city known for being weird has created its own versions as well.

Excellent plated migas can be found at longstanding Tex-Mex institutions like Amaya’s Taco Village or Habanero Cafe, or try a less-traditional iteration at newer Mexican restaurant Suerte’s brunch. Given Austin’s love of breakfast tacos, there are also options wrapped up in warm, fluffy tortillas. Veracruz All-Natural’s migas taco is the clear local favorite, but El Primo’s version is a close second.

Below is the Eater Austin list of best migas in the city. For further reading, check out the lists for best Tex-Mex, must-eat tacos, and best breakfast tacos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Veracruz All Natural

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9003 Waterford Centre Blvd #180
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 363-5917
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One of Austin’s iconic dishes is the highly popular migas taco at Veracruz, from sisters and co-owners Reyna and Maritza Vazquez. Their empire includes three trucks and two restaurants, but the industrial-chic restaurant in North Burnet, which has an expanded menu and aguas frescas, will probably provide the most pleasant dining experience, as it has the most seating and the shortest wait. Homemade tortillas differentiate these migas tacos, and the larger-than-average portion size doesn’t hurt. The only question is: traditional migas (egg, tortilla chips, onion, Monterrey Jack cheese, tomato, cilantro, and avocado) or migas poblanas (egg, tortilla chips, mild poblano peppers, red onion, queso fresco, avocado, and black beans)? Neither answer is wrong.

Tacos from Veracruz All Natural
Tacos from Veracruz All Natural
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2. Enchiladas Y Mas

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1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7100
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This family-owned Mexican restaurant may not have much in the way of ambience beyond the colorful papel picados strung up along the walls, but the flair comes out in the house-made salsas made with serrano chiles. The giant migas plate comes with tortillas and optional chorizo or sausage, all best enjoyed with the strong house margaritas.

3. Amaya's Taco Village

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5804 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2531
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This homestyle Tex-Mex restaurant with an ample, friendly bar has been around for over 40 years (the South Austin location opened in 2014). Husband-and-wife team Roberto and Susana Amaya own the restaurant with their family, and Roberto was a founding member of what is now the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Austin. The migas are topped with ranchero sauce and come with refried beans, home-fried potatoes, and tortillas.

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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Though Austin institution Kerbey Lane Cafe is known for pancakes, its migas is another shining star on the all-day breakfast menu (and since many locations are open 24 hours, that means migas at any time of the day). Share the dish as part of a wholesome brunch with other families at the Mueller location or go to the chain’s Guadalupe Street address at 2 a.m. to have migas while watching college kids recover from bad decisions. The cafe’s take on the dish is served with your choice between five sauces, rice, and black beans. Don’t miss the smoky chipotle sauce, or go crazy and top yours with queso.

Kerbey Lane Cafe’s migas plate
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s migas plate
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5. Cisco's Restaurant

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1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
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East Austin’s Cisco’s has been curing hangovers since 1955, and recently received designation as a historical landmark. The Tex-Mex diner went through changes when it was purchased in 2017 — though one of the new co-owners, Matt Cisneros, is the grandson of the founder Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros. It now stays open for dinner and serves cocktails. However, none of this changes one key fact: the perfectly greasy migas (scrambled with sausage and beans) and migas breakfast tacos remain on the menu.

6. Suerte

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1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 953-0092
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Hot new restaurant Suerte and its Eater Austin chef of the year Fermín Núñez have received national attention for an upscale take on Mexican cuisine and an obsessive focus on masa. That means the brunch migas, which showcase the masa in the lauded house-made tortillas, are made a little differently. They come with creamy hollandaise as a complement to the spicy salsa made with pequin chile peppers. Though the restaurant is certainly trendy — with millennial pink-striped fabrics and an open-dining, airy dining room — the dishes have staying power.

Suerte’s migas
Suerte’s migas
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7. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
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Tamale House East may have only opened in 2012, but it’s still part of the legendary family that has operated Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin for over 50 years, including the original Tamale House (there was even a documentary about them). The essential Austin restaurant is run by the Valera family, the fourth generation of descendants from late founder Moses Vasquez. The restaurant is gorgeous, with a white, well-decorated interior and lush outdoor patio that often hosts live music. “Mom’s Migas” come with ranchero sauce, homestyle potatoes, refried beans, and choice of tortillas (corn, flour, or wheat). There’s also an option to get migas scrambled with chipotle ranchero for a smokey, spicer take. Both come smothered in queso.

8. South Congress Cafe

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1600 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 447-3905
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A slightly more upscale offshoot of beloved local Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s, South Congress Cafe serves brunch daily, which includes a great migas option in the touristy district. The traditional migas plate comes with a smoked gouda potato pancake, and there’s also a version of migas enchiladas (corn tortillas rolled with a migas and topped with lime sour cream). The full bar provides many drink options, from a spicy margarita to frozen lemonade.

9. El Primo

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2011 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 227-5060
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The ready smile of Humberto Reyes (who goes by Primo) makes the tiny South First taco cart El Primo all the more welcoming. The customizable migas taco is widely recognized as one of the best in its genre in town. The standard version is served with deli ham on a soft, flaky flour tortilla — an anomaly given that corn tortilla is already a critical component of the dish. Add meats like chorizo or bacon to make it your own. Note: El Primo is cash-only.

10. Habanero Cafe

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501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-0443
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This small, homey restaurant in South Austin serves regular migas, but the real star is the chori-migas, a messy, cheesy, chorizo-filled plate of calories. Served with french fries and refried beans, it’s a great option for the morning after a long night out. Famed pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Kanye West have paid this place a visit.

Habanero Mexican Cafe’s chori-migas
Habanero Mexican Cafe’s chori-migas
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1. Veracruz All Natural

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd #180, Austin, TX 78758
Tacos from Veracruz All Natural
Tacos from Veracruz All Natural
Hillary Dixler Canavan/E

One of Austin’s iconic dishes is the highly popular migas taco at Veracruz, from sisters and co-owners Reyna and Maritza Vazquez. Their empire includes three trucks and two restaurants, but the industrial-chic restaurant in North Burnet, which has an expanded menu and aguas frescas, will probably provide the most pleasant dining experience, as it has the most seating and the shortest wait. Homemade tortillas differentiate these migas tacos, and the larger-than-average portion size doesn’t hurt. The only question is: traditional migas (egg, tortilla chips, onion, Monterrey Jack cheese, tomato, cilantro, and avocado) or migas poblanas (egg, tortilla chips, mild poblano peppers, red onion, queso fresco, avocado, and black beans)? Neither answer is wrong.

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd #180
Austin, TX 78758

2. Enchiladas Y Mas

1911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

This family-owned Mexican restaurant may not have much in the way of ambience beyond the colorful papel picados strung up along the walls, but the flair comes out in the house-made salsas made with serrano chiles. The giant migas plate comes with tortillas and optional chorizo or sausage, all best enjoyed with the strong house margaritas.

1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

3. Amaya's Taco Village

5804 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78751

This homestyle Tex-Mex restaurant with an ample, friendly bar has been around for over 40 years (the South Austin location opened in 2014). Husband-and-wife team Roberto and Susana Amaya own the restaurant with their family, and Roberto was a founding member of what is now the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Austin. The migas are topped with ranchero sauce and come with refried beans, home-fried potatoes, and tortillas.

5804 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s migas plate
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s migas plate
Kerbey Lane Cafe/Facebook

Though Austin institution Kerbey Lane Cafe is known for pancakes, its migas is another shining star on the all-day breakfast menu (and since many locations are open 24 hours, that means migas at any time of the day). Share the dish as part of a wholesome brunch with other families at the Mueller location or go to the chain’s Guadalupe Street address at 2 a.m. to have migas while watching college kids recover from bad decisions. The cafe’s take on the dish is served with your choice between five sauces, rice, and black beans. Don’t miss the smoky chipotle sauce, or go crazy and top yours with queso.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

5. Cisco's Restaurant

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

East Austin’s Cisco’s has been curing hangovers since 1955, and recently received designation as a historical landmark. The Tex-Mex diner went through changes when it was purchased in 2017 — though one of the new co-owners, Matt Cisneros, is the grandson of the founder Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros. It now stays open for dinner and serves cocktails. However, none of this changes one key fact: the perfectly greasy migas (scrambled with sausage and beans) and migas breakfast tacos remain on the menu.

1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Suerte

1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Suerte’s migas
Suerte’s migas
Suerte [Official]

Hot new restaurant Suerte and its Eater Austin chef of the year Fermín Núñez have received national attention for an upscale take on Mexican cuisine and an obsessive focus on masa. That means the brunch migas, which showcase the masa in the lauded house-made tortillas, are made a little differently. They come with creamy hollandaise as a complement to the spicy salsa made with pequin chile peppers. Though the restaurant is certainly trendy — with millennial pink-striped fabrics and an open-dining, airy dining room — the dishes have staying power.

1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Tamale House East may have only opened in 2012, but it’s still part of the legendary family that has operated Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin for over 50 years, including the original Tamale House (there was even a documentary about them). The essential Austin restaurant is run by the Valera family, the fourth generation of descendants from late founder Moses Vasquez. The restaurant is gorgeous, with a white, well-decorated interior and lush outdoor patio that often hosts live music. “Mom’s Migas” come with ranchero sauce, homestyle potatoes, refried beans, and choice of tortillas (corn, flour, or wheat). There’s also an option to get migas scrambled with chipotle ranchero for a smokey, spicer take. Both come smothered in queso.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. South Congress Cafe

1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

A slightly more upscale offshoot of beloved local Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s, South Congress Cafe serves brunch daily, which includes a great migas option in the touristy district. The traditional migas plate comes with a smoked gouda potato pancake, and there’s also a version of migas enchiladas (corn tortillas rolled with a migas and topped with lime sour cream). The full bar provides many drink options, from a spicy margarita to frozen lemonade.

1600 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

9. El Primo

2011 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The ready smile of Humberto Reyes (who goes by Primo) makes the tiny South First taco cart El Primo all the more welcoming. The customizable migas taco is widely recognized as one of the best in its genre in town. The standard version is served with deli ham on a soft, flaky flour tortilla — an anomaly given that corn tortilla is already a critical component of the dish. Add meats like chorizo or bacon to make it your own. Note: El Primo is cash-only.

2011 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Habanero Cafe

501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Habanero Mexican Cafe’s chori-migas
Habanero Mexican Cafe’s chori-migas
Habanero Mexican Cafe/Facebook

This small, homey restaurant in South Austin serves regular migas, but the real star is the chori-migas, a messy, cheesy, chorizo-filled plate of calories. Served with french fries and refried beans, it’s a great option for the morning after a long night out. Famed pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Kanye West have paid this place a visit.

501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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