You can’t throw a rock in Austin without hitting a restaurant that serves breakfast tacos. The breakfast taco concept is so simple, too. Most breakfast tacos are some combination of eggs, breakfast meats like sausage or bacons, cheese and salsa. You might think that given the simplicity, it would be hard to stand apart, but that’s just not so! The truth is that some breakfast tacos here in Austin are in a league all their own! (We’re looking at you Veracruz!) We pooled over a dozen of our favorite Austinites to get the lowdown on their favorite breakfast tacos in Austin, so that should you pop into the live music capital of the world any time soon, you’ll know exactly where to direct your driver.
Best Breakfast Tacos in Austin:
locations: (North) 4801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 and (South) 1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
If you’re looking for a healthy but still delicious take on breakfast tacos in Austin head to Picnik where everything on the menu is gluten, corn and soy free, including the Siete brand cassava flour tortillas served with their breakfast tacos. The bacon and egg taco is served with the most delicious tomatillo salsa!
2. El Chilito
locations: (North) 2219 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 and (South) 4501 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
This fast-casual restaurant with two locations serves breakfast tacos all day, so it’s a great spot to visit after a late night. The Cherrywood taco is a fan favorite and includes farm fresh eggs, potato, bacon, avocado and jack cheese. Go big or go home: Order your El Chilito breakfast tacos as a puffy taco.
3. Texas Honey Ham
location: 3736 Bee Caves Rd #6, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Some like to say that these are the best breakfast tacos west of Mopac and they might be right! Texas Honey Ham started in Austin in 2004 and specializes in, you guessed it, honey ham! The breakfast tacos are ordered build-your-own style. While there are a lot of toppings to choose from, I like the eggs, honey ham and avocado taco cooked with ranchero sauce.
(photo by Kathleen Lee for Spoon University)
4. Taco Deli
locations: There are six locations around Austin. Best to check the website for the one near you.
With six locations around Austin, there’s a good chance that there’s a Taco Deli breakfast taco near you! It’s a great spot that is always consistent. Try the Jess special–migas with avocado!– or the Otto– beans, double bacon, avocado and jack cheese. All are crowd favorites! Get a side of queso for dipping… or dunking. When in Austin…
location: 1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
There are actually two locations. The address above, the south location, is my favorite for it’s spacious outdoor dining area and kid-friendly atmosphere. There’s a walk-up window as well as table service if you’re looking to stay awhile. We love the Tricky taco. It’s a migas breakfast taco with avocado, queso fresco and cilantro on a flour tortilla. There is a parking lot, but it does fill up fast.
6. Tyson’s Tacos
location: 4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
One thing that sets Tyson’s apart are their hours– this spot is open 24 hours a day! When Aaron was still traveling every week he would regularly pick up Tyson’s breakfast tacos on the way to the airport. His favorite? The Queen Barrett: Migas, avocado, queso and sausage. Another thing that sets Tyson’s apart are the creative ingredient combinations. You can find everything from pork belly and ribeye to fried avocado on these breakfast tacos.
7. Veracruz All Natural
locations: There are six locations around town! Head to the website to find the one closest to you.
Don’t let the fact that Veracruz is hidden down here at number 7 fool you. This is hands down, not even close, my most favorite breakfast taco in Austin! Order the Migas Origanales and add bacon for best results. I love their green salsa sparingly… it’s spicy!
8. Torchy’s Tacos
locations: There are 14 locations around Austin! Head to the site to find the one nearest you!
Torchy’s Tacos are always a great option. While more of a fast-casual chain vibe, the tacos are consistent and good. We love the Ranch Hand– marinated and grilled beef with eggs and cheese.
9. Paco’s Tacos
location: 1304 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723
Since 2010, Paco’s Tacos has offered delicious, authentic Mexican food and a relaxed dining experience to their guests. Their dishes are made fresh to order using their own family recipes! The Huevos a la Mexicana taco with bacon and spinach on their house made corn/flour mixed tortilla is not to be missed!
10. El Dorado Cafe
location: 3300 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
El Dorado is one of the restaurants we frequent the most- morning, noon and night. The carnitas and the margaritas are delicious. We regularly order a large container of their salsa x for the week. Their breakfast, though, is our favorite. Aaron loves the Izzy taco (left) and I love the Matt’s Everything taco (right). The truth is everything here is delicious and the owners and staff are equally wonderful.
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PS. If you’re looking to make them at home, I love this recipe!