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The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
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15 Amazing Queso Spots in Austin

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The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
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Queso, aka chile con queso, is the Tex-Mex fuel that Austinites need to survive. It’s the winning combination of gooey, melted cheeses and chopped peppers, along with potential other additions like ground beef, chorizo, guacamole or beans, all served with a side of tortilla chips.

This map of the best queso found in Austin spans from the most popular spots like Torchy’s Tacos and Kerbey Lane Cafe, to classic gems like Trudy's and Sazon.

For more like-dishes, scope out Austin’s tacos (best, new, and breakfast), Tex-Mex restaurants, and cheese and wine spots.

If your favorite cheesy dip isn’t on the list, let Eater know on the tipline or in the comments below.

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1. Trudy's North Star

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8820 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-1474
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Trudy’s queso is a shining star in Austin, where the queso especial is amped up with guacamole and spicy pico de gallo.

Queso at Trudy’s
Queso at Trudy’s
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2. Eldorado Cafe

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3300 W Anderson Ln #303
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 420-2222
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Of course the Mexican comfort food restaurant has queso. There’s the regular queso, and the amped-up supa queso, full of black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

3. Fonda San Miguel

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2330 W N Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 459-4121
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For classy queso, head to the iconic Mexican restaurant. The queso fundidos are served with tortillas, with options like poblano strips, chorizo verde, or both mixed together.

Fonda San Miguel’s queso
Fonda San Miguel’s queso
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4. Tacodeli

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 419-1900
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The one-two hit of breakfast tacos and morning queso is a good way to wake up.

Tacodeli’s queso
Tacodeli’s queso
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5. Kerbey Lane Café

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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Austin loves Kerbey Lane’s all-hours quesos. First, the signature queso is covered in guacamole and pico de gallo. For a heartier take, try the cowboy queso, mixed with black beans. There’s also a vegan option with cashew cheese.

Kerbey Lane Cafe’s queso
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s queso
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6. El Patio

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2938 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 476-5955
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The chile con queso at one of Austin’s oldest Mexican restaurants offers the option to add ground beef, or go with Jaime’s queso which has guacamole, beef, and tomatoes.

El Patio’s chile con queso
El Patio’s chile con queso
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7. Posse East

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2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-2111
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The campus bar’s queso is on point, and comes with optional taco meat and chips.

Queso at Posse East
Queso at Posse East
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8. Maudie's Cafe

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2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 473-3740
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The Tex-Mex restaurant offers classic chile con queso or a version with taco beef and pico de gallo (with the option to add guacamole).

9. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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This all-day cafe bucks the trend by offering queso with pastrami, avocado, crema, and beet powder. There’s also a standard cheesy version and a vegan option.

10. Chuy's

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1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-4452
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The Austin-born Tex-Mex chain offers two solid queso options: chile con queso (with green chile and ranchero sauces), and the queso compuesto (ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo).

Chuy’s queso
Chuy’s queso
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11. El Alma

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1025 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 609-8923
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Make a meal out of El Alma’s queso fundido, served with tortillas, pepper strips, onions, and mushrooms or chorizo. There’s also a queso blanco with chips.

El Alma’s queso fundido
El Alma’s queso fundido
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12. Polvos

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2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5446
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The interior Mexican restaurant’s queso is great because all sorts of mix-ins can be added, from steak to avocado, or get the choriqueso with chorizo and poblanos.

Polvos’ queso
Polvos’ queso
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13. Matt's Famous El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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The iconic meaty dish is an institution for good reason: the Bob Armstrong Dip, named after the late politician, comes with a mix of queso, guacamole, and taco meat, making it stand above the cheesy frey.

The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
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14. Magnolia Cafe

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1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-0000
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The all-hours Mag Mud works miracles at any hour of the day. The secret is black beans.

15. Curra's Grill

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614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0012
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Curra’s is upfront with what makes its signature queso so good: Land O’ Lakes’ extra-melt American cheese.

16. Torchy’s Tacos

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2809 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

Everyone sure loves Torchy’s queso. One Eater reader called it the queso “the one I crave, all the time.” The green chili queso comes with guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro, and the taco chain’s diablo hot sauce.

Queso from Torchy’s Tacos
Torchy’s Tacos’ queso
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1. Trudy's North Star

8820 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Queso at Trudy’s
Queso at Trudy’s
Trudy’s/Facebook

Trudy’s queso is a shining star in Austin, where the queso especial is amped up with guacamole and spicy pico de gallo.

8820 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Eldorado Cafe

3300 W Anderson Ln #303, Austin, TX 78757

Of course the Mexican comfort food restaurant has queso. There’s the regular queso, and the amped-up supa queso, full of black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

3300 W Anderson Ln #303
Austin, TX 78757

3. Fonda San Miguel

2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Fonda San Miguel’s queso
Fonda San Miguel’s queso
Fonda San Miguel/Facebook

For classy queso, head to the iconic Mexican restaurant. The queso fundidos are served with tortillas, with options like poblano strips, chorizo verde, or both mixed together.

2330 W N Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

4. Tacodeli

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Tacodeli’s queso
Tacodeli’s queso
Tacodeli/Facebook

The one-two hit of breakfast tacos and morning queso is a good way to wake up.

4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

5. Kerbey Lane Café

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s queso
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s queso
Kerbey Lane Cafe [Official]

Austin loves Kerbey Lane’s all-hours quesos. First, the signature queso is covered in guacamole and pico de gallo. For a heartier take, try the cowboy queso, mixed with black beans. There’s also a vegan option with cashew cheese.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

6. El Patio

2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
El Patio’s chile con queso
El Patio’s chile con queso
El Patio/Facebook

The chile con queso at one of Austin’s oldest Mexican restaurants offers the option to add ground beef, or go with Jaime’s queso which has guacamole, beef, and tomatoes.

2938 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Posse East

2900 Duval St, Austin, TX 78705
Queso at Posse East
Queso at Posse East
Posse East/Facebook

The campus bar’s queso is on point, and comes with optional taco meat and chips.

2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705

8. Maudie's Cafe

2608 W 7th St, Austin, TX 78703

The Tex-Mex restaurant offers classic chile con queso or a version with taco beef and pico de gallo (with the option to add guacamole).

2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703

9. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

This all-day cafe bucks the trend by offering queso with pastrami, avocado, crema, and beet powder. There’s also a standard cheesy version and a vegan option.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

10. Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Chuy’s queso
Chuy’s queso
Chuy’s/Facebook

The Austin-born Tex-Mex chain offers two solid queso options: chile con queso (with green chile and ranchero sauces), and the queso compuesto (ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo).

1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

11. El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
El Alma’s queso fundido
El Alma’s queso fundido
El Alma/Facebook

Make a meal out of El Alma’s queso fundido, served with tortillas, pepper strips, onions, and mushrooms or chorizo. There’s also a queso blanco with chips.

1025 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Polvos

2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Polvos’ queso
Polvos’ queso
Polvos/Facebook

The interior Mexican restaurant’s queso is great because all sorts of mix-ins can be added, from steak to avocado, or get the choriqueso with chorizo and poblanos.

2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Matt's Famous El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
Matt’s El Rancho/Facebook

The iconic meaty dish is an institution for good reason: the Bob Armstrong Dip, named after the late politician, comes with a mix of queso, guacamole, and taco meat, making it stand above the cheesy frey.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Magnolia Cafe

1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

The all-hours Mag Mud works miracles at any hour of the day. The secret is black beans.

1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

15. Curra's Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Curra’s is upfront with what makes its signature queso so good: Land O’ Lakes’ extra-melt American cheese.

614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Torchy’s Tacos

2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Queso from Torchy’s Tacos
Torchy’s Tacos’ queso
Torchy’s Tacos/Facebook

Everyone sure loves Torchy’s queso. One Eater reader called it the queso “the one I crave, all the time.” The green chili queso comes with guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro, and the taco chain’s diablo hot sauce.

2809 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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