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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.

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Trudy's North Star

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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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Eldorado Cafe

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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.

Fonda San Miguel

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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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Tacodeli

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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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Kerbey Lane Café

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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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El Patio

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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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Posse East

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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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Maudie's Cafe

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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).

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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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.

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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El Alma

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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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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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Matt's Famous El Rancho

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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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Magnolia Cafe

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

Curra's Grill

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

Torchy’s Tacos

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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
Torchy’s Tacos/Facebook

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Trudy's North Star

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
Trudy’s/Facebook

Eldorado Cafe

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.

Fonda San Miguel

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
Fonda San Miguel/Facebook

Tacodeli

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

Tacodeli’s queso
Tacodeli’s queso
Tacodeli/Facebook

Kerbey Lane Café

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
Kerbey Lane Cafe [Official]

El Patio

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
El Patio/Facebook

Posse East

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

Queso at Posse East
Queso at Posse East
Posse East/Facebook

Maudie's Cafe

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).

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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.

Chuy's

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
Chuy’s/Facebook

El Alma

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
El Alma/Facebook

Polvos

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
Polvos/Facebook

Matt's Famous El Rancho

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
Matt’s El Rancho/Facebook

Magnolia Cafe

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

Curra's Grill

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

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Torchy’s Tacos

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
Torchy’s Tacos/Facebook

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