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17 Best Bets for Tacos, Tex-Mex, and Mexican Near SXSW in Austin

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Austin boasts an abundance of tacos, Tex-Mex, and Mexican options, from life-changing cheesy queso to breakfast tacos to interior Mexican fare. In addition to getting your barbecue fill during SXSW, no trip to Austin is complete without trying tons of tacos, comparing queso notes, and truly understanding that Tex-Mex and Mexican food are two separate things.

This is Eater’s updated guide to the very best tacos, Tex-Mex, and Mexican cuisine within easy striking distance of the downtown convention center. Highlights include the best spots for humble yet holy migas, a vegan Tex-Mex brunch to cure what ails you, quick and easy tacos when you've got no time, and where to find a contemporary take on interior Mexican cuisine (with an impressive tequila selection to boot). There are longtime local favorites like Veracruz All Natural and Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop, along with lesser known spots like Taco Joint. So pull up a seat, dig in, and start planning.

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1. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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This upscale Mexican restaurant serves killer tacos and modern riffs on interior Mexican. It also serves one of Austin's best margaritas.

2. El Naranjo

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85 Rainey St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2776
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Chef Iliana de la Vega brings her expertise as a former restaurateur in Oaxaca to the Rainey Street outpost featuring upscale interpretations of often-overlooked Oaxacan cuisine. Go for the chiles rellenos and excellent mole.

3. Licha's Cantina

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1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-5960
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This East 6th cantina features a menu of authentic Mexico City antojitos and cazuelas. The patio is one of the loveliest in the neighborhood, right in the center of the action of the East Side.

4. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
Genuinely cheap tacos, a gorgeous patio, horchata coffee, and bomb-ass migas make Tamale House East an institution-in-the-making. The restaurant is operated by the fourth generation of a famed Tex-Mex restaurant family, so they know a thing or two about what they’re doing. Tamale also added a beer tap wall for booze.

5. Las Cazuelas

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1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 479-7911
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This classic Tex-Mex dive features late hours (24 hours from Thursday to Sunday), cheese-covered everything, and killer Micheladas.

6. Veracruz All Natural

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1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
TX, 78702
(512) 981-1760
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Find homemade tortillas, fresh ingredients, and hands-down the best migas taco in Austin from the sister-run trailer. Don’t skip the refreshing aguas frescas, either. If you want to get away from the SXSW ruckus, hit up the trailer on Manchaca Road, or the brick and mortar up in Round Rock and North Shoal Creek.

7. Mr. Natural

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1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702-4501
(512) 477-5228
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For those looking for vegetarian Tex-Mex options, Mr. Natural has it covered with fast, cheap, and healthy choices, served alongside delicious old school smoothies.

8. La Michoacana Meat Market

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1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
This meat market also features a taco counter, and it's definitely off the SXSW radar. Pay at the register before ordering, and if your Spanish isn't great, embrace pointing at the menu.

9. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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Sure, it’s a little bit of a hike from downtown, but if you’re in East Austin checking out non-official venues, it is worth a trip to this neighborhood institution.

10. Pueblo Viejo

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502 Brushy St
Austin, TX 78702
Pueblo Viejo serves up classic and tasty tacos, as well as gorditas and quesadillas. Hours run late, too: until 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and until 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

11. Las Trancas

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1210 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
Dig into this trailer’s $1.50 tacos, which are small in size, but big on options. In addition to popular options like carnitas, the menu offers serious offal choices, including tripe and buche (pork stomach). Open until midnight daily.

12. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

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1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
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The historical and political breakfast taco destination is also a great option for migas and biscuits.

13. Taqueria Chapala

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2101 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 320-0308
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Want to check out solid, classic Tex-Mex that feels much further away from the festival madness than it actually is? Taqueria Chapala is a great bet.

14. Chi'Lantro

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823 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
For breakfast tacos in a prime downtown location, Chi’lantro’s truck dishes out $3 breakfast tacos made using spicy pork, beef ribeye, eggs, bacon, cheese, and all of the works, starting bright and early at 7 a.m. and serving until 2 p.m. Remember: Chi'lantro does not accept cash.

15. Taco Joint

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134 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704
Trek just across the river for filling breakfast and lunch tacos, along with an excellent array of tortas.

16. Juan in a Million

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2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-3872
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The East Side eatery excels in more than just puns, including cheap tacos, breakfasts, and classics such as enchiladas, flats and fajitas.
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17. Gloria's Latin Cuisine

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300 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-1795
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Gloria's puts a spin on classic Tex-Mex with its background in El Salvadorian cuisine. The expansive patio and margarita menu are also worth spending a lazy afternoon enjoying.
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1. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
This upscale Mexican restaurant serves killer tacos and modern riffs on interior Mexican. It also serves one of Austin's best margaritas.
400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

2. El Naranjo

85 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701
Chef Iliana de la Vega brings her expertise as a former restaurateur in Oaxaca to the Rainey Street outpost featuring upscale interpretations of often-overlooked Oaxacan cuisine. Go for the chiles rellenos and excellent mole.
85 Rainey St.
Austin, TX 78701

3. Licha's Cantina

1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
This East 6th cantina features a menu of authentic Mexico City antojitos and cazuelas. The patio is one of the loveliest in the neighborhood, right in the center of the action of the East Side.
1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Genuinely cheap tacos, a gorgeous patio, horchata coffee, and bomb-ass migas make Tamale House East an institution-in-the-making. The restaurant is operated by the fourth generation of a famed Tex-Mex restaurant family, so they know a thing or two about what they’re doing. Tamale also added a beer tap wall for booze.
1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Las Cazuelas

1701 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
This classic Tex-Mex dive features late hours (24 hours from Thursday to Sunday), cheese-covered everything, and killer Micheladas.
1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Veracruz All Natural

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78702
Find homemade tortillas, fresh ingredients, and hands-down the best migas taco in Austin from the sister-run trailer. Don’t skip the refreshing aguas frescas, either. If you want to get away from the SXSW ruckus, hit up the trailer on Manchaca Road, or the brick and mortar up in Round Rock and North Shoal Creek.
1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
TX, 78702

7. Mr. Natural

1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702-4501
For those looking for vegetarian Tex-Mex options, Mr. Natural has it covered with fast, cheap, and healthy choices, served alongside delicious old school smoothies.
1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702-4501

8. La Michoacana Meat Market

1917 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
This meat market also features a taco counter, and it's definitely off the SXSW radar. Pay at the register before ordering, and if your Spanish isn't great, embrace pointing at the menu.
1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Sure, it’s a little bit of a hike from downtown, but if you’re in East Austin checking out non-official venues, it is worth a trip to this neighborhood institution.
2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Pueblo Viejo

502 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702
Pueblo Viejo serves up classic and tasty tacos, as well as gorditas and quesadillas. Hours run late, too: until 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and until 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
502 Brushy St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Las Trancas

1210 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702
Dig into this trailer’s $1.50 tacos, which are small in size, but big on options. In addition to popular options like carnitas, the menu offers serious offal choices, including tripe and buche (pork stomach). Open until midnight daily.
1210 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702

12. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The historical and political breakfast taco destination is also a great option for migas and biscuits.
1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Taqueria Chapala

2101 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Want to check out solid, classic Tex-Mex that feels much further away from the festival madness than it actually is? Taqueria Chapala is a great bet.
2101 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Chi'Lantro

823 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
For breakfast tacos in a prime downtown location, Chi’lantro’s truck dishes out $3 breakfast tacos made using spicy pork, beef ribeye, eggs, bacon, cheese, and all of the works, starting bright and early at 7 a.m. and serving until 2 p.m. Remember: Chi'lantro does not accept cash.
823 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

15. Taco Joint

134 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Trek just across the river for filling breakfast and lunch tacos, along with an excellent array of tortas.
134 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Juan in a Million

2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Juan in a Million/Facebook
The East Side eatery excels in more than just puns, including cheap tacos, breakfasts, and classics such as enchiladas, flats and fajitas.
2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Gloria's Latin Cuisine

300 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Gloria's Latin Cuisine/Yelp
Gloria's puts a spin on classic Tex-Mex with its background in El Salvadorian cuisine. The expansive patio and margarita menu are also worth spending a lazy afternoon enjoying.
300 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

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