Austin goes loco for breakfast tacos

December 3, 2015 – 04:49 pm

635697235989821954-GoEscape-BOB-TacoTown.9Karen Asp, USA TODAY TRAVEL Go Escape

Mando Rayo, self-proclaimed “taco journalist” and co-author of the book Austin Breakfast Tacos.(Photo: Arcadia Publishing)

Although the dish sounds like something only a fast food giant would have dreamed up (and Taco Bell did, in fact, introduce a waffle taco in 2014), the breakfast taco actually has deep roots in Austin's history.

Veracruz All Natural parks food trucks at three locations."People have been making breakfast tacos ever since the Mexicans established a presence here in the late 1800s, " says Mando Rayo, self-proclaimed "taco journalist" and co-author of the book Austin Breakfast Tacos.

Over time, the comfort food became so ingrained in local culture that while most of America's kids were eating cold cereal or eggs before heading to school, Austinites were munching tacos for breakfast.

In the 1980s, food trucks began selling the dish; restaurants, seeing the success of those trucks, started adding the breakfast treat to their menus. By Rayo's last count, more than 200 places now sell them in Austin.

Pueblo Viejo food truck dishes up tacos, quesadillasSo where should you grab one when you're in town. Check out Rayo's top picks, but don't stop at one: Breakfast tacos are so good, you may want one for every meal.

Veracruz All Natural parks food trucks at three locations. (Photo: Veracruz All natural)

Veracruz All Natural

The name says it all; everything at these food trucks is all-natural. You can build your own breakfast taco, choosing from items including potatoes, chorizo, refried beans and even cactus.The popular local chain Tacodeli has five restaurants Or try one of the specialties, such as the La Reyna, made with egg whites, spinach, avocado, carrots, mushrooms, red bell pepper, cheese and pico de gallo.

Joe's Bakery

Serving Austin since 1962, this family restaurant consistently ranks among the top for breakfast tacos. Almost 20 choices dot the menu, including the pork chop, barbacoa and Huevos a la Mexicana tacos. Best part? While many places stop serving breakfast tacos at a certain time, Joe's serves them all day.

Tamale House East serves up this delicioso breakfastPueblo Viejo food truck dishes up tacos, quesadillas and gorditas, but the breakfast taco is a special treat. (Photo: Pueblo Viejo)

Pueblo Viejo

Although it might not look like much from the outside, this taco trailer cooks up some of Austin's best breakfast tacos, which is why you'll no doubt encounter lots of other hungry patrons here. Try the Taco Don Chago, complete with beans, cheese, avocado and bacon, or the Pueblo Viejo Style taco with seasoned steak, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado.


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