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The 14 Best Tacos Near SXSW

Breakfast tacos, fancy tacos, and quick and easy tacos to grab between panels and sets

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Austin boasts an abundance of tacos, from life-changing breakfast tacos to juicy street tacos to new-school tacos. In addition to getting your barbecue fill during South by Southwest (SXSW), no trip to Austin is complete without trying tons of tacos.

This is Eater’s updated guide to the very best tacos within easy striking distance of the downtown convention center. Highlights include longtime local favorites like Veracruz All Natural and Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop, lesser known spots like Tacos Guerrero, vegan takes from Mr. Natural, fancier ones at La Condesa, and more. So pull up a seat, dig in, and start planning.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage. For more tacos, explore Austin’s best breakfast tacos, essential tacos, hot new tacos, and Tex-Mex restaurants.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tacos & Coffee

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Franklin Barbecue finally debuted that coffee and taco truck at the end of last year, featuring choose-your-own three-ingredient breakfast tacos made with brisket, chorizo, eggs, potatoes, bacon, etc. alongside espresso drinks and coffee, open during the daytime.

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This Rosewood Avenue trailer serves its eponymous Northern Mexican-style of taco (named for the plow disc cooking vessel), which involves a time-intensive seven-layer cooking process. The tacos contain pork, beef, vegetables, onions, and pineapple, and can be ordered with a side of street corn.

Comedor

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The new refined downtown modern Mexican restaurant features a coursed taco menu for happy hour featuring fillings like masa-fried halibut, carnitas, and a sweet dessert one. Otherwise opt for the DIY bone marrow tacos during dinner.

La Condesa

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This upscale Mexican restaurant serves great tacos and modern riffs on interior Mexican. It also serves one of Austin's best margaritas.

Tacos from La Condesa
Tacos from La Condesa
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Pueblo Viejo

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Pueblo Viejo serves up classic and tasty tacos, as well as gorditas and quesadillas within music venue North Door. Hours run late, too.

Dai Due Taqueria

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A convenient SXSW pit stop, Dai Due’s taco stand in the Fareground complex on Congress Avenue offers locavore tacos like wild boar al pastor and chicken tinga served on heirloom corn tortillas. As with all things-Dai Due, local sourcing and butchery is prioritized, so the menu is unique (and occasionally polarizing), but done with care and attention to craft. Seasonal vegetable sides mark a change from the usual taco platters — come here for the unexpected rather than the conventional.

Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery

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The historic and political breakfast taco destination is also a great option for migas and biscuits.

Tamale House East

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Genuinely cheap tacos, a gorgeous patio, horchata coffee, and great migas make Tamale House East an institution. 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.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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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 restaurant institution.

Las Trancas

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Dig into this trailer’s $2 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.

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A taco from Las Trancas
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Reunión 19

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LA taco chef Esdras Ochoa opened his first Texas restaurant in East Austin in February, which means tacos with West Coast sensibilities such as al pastor with guacamole and a vegan option with mushrooms, and Peruvian bean puree. Lunch is a counter-service affair, while dinner is table-service.

Tacos from Reunión 19
Tacos from Reunión 19
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Veracruz All Natural

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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 Menchaca Road, in Mueller, or in East Austin, or the full-on restaurants up in Round Rock and North Shoal Creek. This is this particular truck’s last SXSW at this location, too.

Veracruz All Natural taco
Veracruz All Natural taco
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Mr. Natural

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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. Fun fact: Ethan Hawke is a fan, too.

Tacos Guerrero

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Check the opening hours first, then grab a ride to this local favorite. Homemade corn tortillas and salsas add richness to a menu of traditional favorites like picadillo, bistek, and carnitas. (Yes, breakfast tacos are available.) This is a food trailer in a parking lot, so there’s not much atmosphere, but the service is pleasant and the tacos outstanding. Worth a detour.

Tacos & Coffee

Franklin Barbecue finally debuted that coffee and taco truck at the end of last year, featuring choose-your-own three-ingredient breakfast tacos made with brisket, chorizo, eggs, potatoes, bacon, etc. alongside espresso drinks and coffee, open during the daytime.

Discada

This Rosewood Avenue trailer serves its eponymous Northern Mexican-style of taco (named for the plow disc cooking vessel), which involves a time-intensive seven-layer cooking process. The tacos contain pork, beef, vegetables, onions, and pineapple, and can be ordered with a side of street corn.

Comedor

The new refined downtown modern Mexican restaurant features a coursed taco menu for happy hour featuring fillings like masa-fried halibut, carnitas, and a sweet dessert one. Otherwise opt for the DIY bone marrow tacos during dinner.

La Condesa

Tacos from La Condesa
Tacos from La Condesa
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This upscale Mexican restaurant serves great tacos and modern riffs on interior Mexican. It also serves one of Austin's best margaritas.

Tacos from La Condesa
Tacos from La Condesa
La Condesa/Facebook

Pueblo Viejo

Pueblo Viejo serves up classic and tasty tacos, as well as gorditas and quesadillas within music venue North Door. Hours run late, too.

Dai Due Taqueria

A convenient SXSW pit stop, Dai Due’s taco stand in the Fareground complex on Congress Avenue offers locavore tacos like wild boar al pastor and chicken tinga served on heirloom corn tortillas. As with all things-Dai Due, local sourcing and butchery is prioritized, so the menu is unique (and occasionally polarizing), but done with care and attention to craft. Seasonal vegetable sides mark a change from the usual taco platters — come here for the unexpected rather than the conventional.

Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery

The historic and political breakfast taco destination is also a great option for migas and biscuits.

Tamale House East

Genuinely cheap tacos, a gorgeous patio, horchata coffee, and great migas make Tamale House East an institution. 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.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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 restaurant institution.

Las Trancas

A taco from Las Trancas
A taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

Dig into this trailer’s $2 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.

A taco from Las Trancas
A taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

Reunión 19

Tacos from Reunión 19
Tacos from Reunión 19
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LA taco chef Esdras Ochoa opened his first Texas restaurant in East Austin in February, which means tacos with West Coast sensibilities such as al pastor with guacamole and a vegan option with mushrooms, and Peruvian bean puree. Lunch is a counter-service affair, while dinner is table-service.

Tacos from Reunión 19
Tacos from Reunión 19
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz All Natural taco
Veracruz All Natural taco
Veracruz All Natural/Facebook

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 Menchaca Road, in Mueller, or in East Austin, or the full-on restaurants up in Round Rock and North Shoal Creek. This is this particular truck’s last SXSW at this location, too.

Veracruz All Natural taco
Veracruz All Natural taco
Veracruz All Natural/Facebook

Mr. Natural

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. Fun fact: Ethan Hawke is a fan, too.

Tacos Guerrero

Check the opening hours first, then grab a ride to this local favorite. Homemade corn tortillas and salsas add richness to a menu of traditional favorites like picadillo, bistek, and carnitas. (Yes, breakfast tacos are available.) This is a food trailer in a parking lot, so there’s not much atmosphere, but the service is pleasant and the tacos outstanding. Worth a detour.

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