Austin is big on nightlife, meaning mornings tend to be all about recovery. Fortunately, Texas offers one of the world’s great morning meals: the breakfast taco. Whether you want mind-blowing migas or crispy bacon, these tortillas will be topped with something that will make your mouth water.
Veracruz All Natural
Reyna and Maritza Vasquez, a pair of sisters from Veracruz, Mexico, run a couple of taco trucks, and their breakfast tacos are always ranked among the best in Austin. The king is the Migas Poblano, a mix of eggs, tortilla chips, poblano peppers, red onion, queso fresco, black beans, and avocado.
This East Austin restaurant has been a family-run community favorite since 1962. The thing that makes the tacos here really stand out is the bacon, which is battered in flour to make it extra crispy.
2305 E 7th St., joesbakery.com
Rosita al Pastor
This down-home strip-mall restaurant on East Riverside Drive churns out classic tacos that are extremely friendly on the wallet. From migas to salchicha (sausage) to nopalitos (grilled cactus), almost all the tacos on the menu are less than $2 apiece.
1911 E Riverside Dr., rositasalpastor.com
Tamale House East
Grab a seat in the garden at this East Sixth Street restaurant and dig into classic breakfast taco offerings of both the classic (chipotle migas and cheese) and creative (mushroom, spinach, black beans and guacamole) variety. Plus, there’s a full bar if you want to get an early start.
1707 E 6th St., Austin
Dai Due Taqueria
A spinoff of a popular East Austin butcher shop and restaurant, this taco stand in the downtown Fareground food hall only serves breakfast tacos on the weekend—but the wild-boar chorizo and egg masterpiece is worth the wait.
111 Congress Ave., Austin; daiduetaqueria.com
Located just a tortilla’s toss from the University of Texas campus, this taco joint specializes in crispy meats and gooey griddled cheeses. Go for the classic bean and cheese or the machacado (shredded beef) and eggs.
104 E 31st St., vaquerotaquero.com