Taco Tuesday isn’t really a thing in our home. Not because we don’t love tacos. We LOVE tacos. Half our family is Mexican, and so Mexican food is a staple in our home. We eat tacos (or quesadillas, or enchiladas, or fajitas) every other day. Naturally, when we do decide to go out to eat (which doesn’t happen as often as we’d like…hello, young children), we love finding the best Mexican food in East Austin:
Granny’s Tacos | 1401 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Granny’s Tacos is a great crowd-pleaser. They offer a wide variety of Mexican food, including burritos, tortas, breakfast tacos, carne asada fries, veggie tacos, and more. What makes Granny’s Tacos a fave for our family is that everything is made from scratch. You can just taste freshness and authentic ingredients in their salsas and marinades.
Owned by sisters, Reyna and Marita Vazquez, Veracruz tacos represent some of the best Mexican food you can find a la food truck. Their tacos are like Mexican culture served fresh between layers of corn tortillas, flavorful meat and cotija cheese. Our kids can sometimes be picky about outside food, but they always love what’s served up hot at Veracruz. Plus, now that they also serve smoothies, snow cones, and natural drinks, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Cuantos Tacos | 1108 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cuantos Tacos has a wide variety of Mexico City street style tacos. But if that’s not your thing, try one of their unique quesadilla plates that include menu options like carnitas, cachete, longaniza (chorizo), and revuelta (carnitas & buche). You can also order ahead for same-day or future pickup.
Lazarus Brewery | 1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Lazarus is our go-to place when meeting other families with young kids. Not only do they have a great selection of food and drinks (including a unique beer membership), but their outdoor seating includes a space for kids to run around and play. I highly recommend just opening a tab. Get some house chips and pico to kick things off and slow order some street tacos as you get hungry. Not into tacos? Try their tortas or rajas quesadillas instead.
El Bandito Suelto | 109 E Murray Ave, Manor, TX 78653
Not gonna lie – El Badnito Suelto is my absolute favorite place to get tacos. This food truck is technically in Manor, but who’s counting? El Bandito specializes in birria tacos. What is that, you ask? Birria is a Mexican dish that originated in the state of Jalisco. It is a flavorful stew served with its braising liquid. Not only that, but it comes with a bowl of delicious juice to dip your tacos in. If you’ve never tried this before, you’re in for a treat (and just an amazing experience). No, seriously. You have to try it out.
Marcelino’s | 901 Tillery St Austin, TX 78702
With it’s baby pink exterior and bright blue trimming, Marcelino’s has that keep-Austin-weird vibe. Owned by the Vargas Familia, this restaurant is a great place to get cozy with old friends while enjoying a decently-priced taco. What makes Marcelino’s unique is the wide range of meats you can choose from for your taco stuffings. On the menu you’ll see items like elgin sausage, bistek ranchero, puerco verde and (drum roll) bacon, among others. If tacos are not your thing, try a gordita or a hot bowl of menudo instead.