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Tacodeli: One of Austin’s Best Brunches

27 January 2014 34,898 views 5 Comments

After 15 years of satisfying the taco cravings of Austinites and visitors alike, Tacodeli is as popular as ever.

Tacodeli Spyglass-001

They will soon open their fourth and fifth Austin locations – at Burnet and Anderson Lane and Bee Caves Road and 360 respectively. Tacodeli serves some of the freshest, most delicious tacos in town for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They have built a well-deserved following for their house-made tortillas, spicy Doña salsa, support of local farmers and producers, and friendly staff.

I started going to Tacodeli regularly in 2005; I lived in an apartment up the street from the Spyglass location and would often go for a hike on the greenbelt with my pup Lucy and stop at Tacodeli for breakfast at the end. There was always a bowl of fresh water provided for all canine companions and Lucy would relax at my feet hoping for some errant bacon to fall from the sky. Now that I live further north, Adam, Lucy and I can be found at the Lamar and 42nd Street location getting tacos to go with our Houndstooth coffee drinks.

If I’m at Tacodeli for breakfast or brunch, I’ll order an Otto (refried black beans, bacon, avocado, Monterrey Jack cheese) and a Popeye (egg, wilted spinach, crumbled queso fresco) ­– both on corn.


The Otto

Adam usually goes for a Craig (an off-menu taco that is an Otto with egg) and a Jess Special (eggs, migas mix, Monterrey Jack cheese, avocado). The lines are long, so a trick I sometimes employ is to call ahead to order our tacos to-go so that they are ready when we arrive.

loyalty card

I just joined their Loyalty Program so I make sure to give them the card to scan when I pay. You get a $5 credit with every 75 points earned with 1 point for every $1 spent and 50 bonus points when you register your card online.

Blue Plate Combo

Blue Plate Combo with Pork Mole and Mojo Fish Taco. This time I was mistakenly given brown rice instead of the Spanish rice I usually get.

If it’s a lunchtime (or brunch) visit, I order the Blue Plate Combo – two tacos with choice of rice or beans. I get the Spanish rice and refried black beans.

As for the non-breakfast tacos, some of my favorites are the Mole Pork, Frontera Fundido Sirloin, Shrimp Taco, Mojo Fish Taco, and the Al Pastor – but you can’t go wrong here. It’s definitely worth taking a look at their specialty tacos as well.

Regardless if I’m there for breakfast or lunch, I fill up a couple containers at their self-serve salsa bar with the famous creamy green doña salsa (made with jalapenos, garlic, oil and salt), the milder salsa roja, and the super-spicy habanero. All of their salsas are delicious and made fresh daily.

Tacodeli Salsas

Habanero, Verde, Dona, and Roja

A day with Tacodeli is always a good day!

Locations and Phone Numbers:

  • 1500 Spyglass Drive 78746; 512-732-0303
  • 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 78756; 512-419-1900
  • 12001 Burnet Road 78758; 512-339-1700

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday (7am-3pm); Saturday and Sunday (8 am-3 pm)

Takes Reservations: No

WiFi: No

Website: http://www.tacodeli.com

This post is part of the 2014 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide.

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  • mcperk

    Funny, my first Tacodeli visits were approached the same way– on foot, at the end of a healthy hike. The sweating helped me remember moderation, and the dona sauce helped me sweat all over. Love those tacos!

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    Salsa Doña is the bomb. I go to Tacodeli across the street from work very often. I love that for the most part they don’t fall into the tex-mex trap – notable exception being that melted cheddar cheese stuff.

  • jodibart

    Marcos – Do you mean that they add cheese to tacos at all? I was under the impression that the cheese they use at Tacodeli is the kind that is used in Mexico. No?

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    No, I’m talking about the fact that they sell “kay-soh”.

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