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A friend duo hailing from Mexico had a vision to bring authentic tacos to Austin. Seven years ago, their vision came to life when they opened their first taco trailer called One Taco. You may remember their name from our Breakfast Taco Taste Off earlier this year where they took home 1st prize with the Jefe Taco. If there’s one arena in Austin that’s difficult to enter and come out on top, it’s the taco arena. But Tony Avila and Axel Beverido found a way to win over the taco loving appetites of Austin.

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Recently, their dream of opening a Brick and Mortar became a reality. And trust us, it’s a place where taco dreams really do come true. They kill it all day long serving breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos. From the “Big Kahuna” to the Gowalla Taco to the 5 de Pastor, you can’t go wrong. Our most recent visit even included the Pancake Taco. Yes, the Pancake Taco.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-up order, for a place to eat tacos and drink a few beers with your buddies, or a family-friendly hang out, do yourself this one favor. Check out One Taco.

Location:
Brick and Mortar
12200 Research Blvd. #400
Austin, Texas

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6th & Nueces
Austin, Texas 78701

http://eatonetaco.com

Once a novelty in Austin, food trailers have exploded onto the scene, cropping up in parking lots and behind bars all over town. With the plethora of new trailers opening every week, it’s often hard to keep up with it all. We’ve run down a list of our favorites to visit.

What was once a desert for really great brisket and sides—save for Franklin and a few scattered, older restaurants—Austin proper has now become a barbecue haven, largely in part of two food trailers known as Micklethwait Craft Meats and La barbecue.

1. Micklethwait Craft Meats

At 1309 Rosewood in the heart of East Austin, Micklethwait is notable for—beyond its juicy brisket—twists on classics (brisket frito pie with escabeche) and unusual smoked meats (pulled goat, available some Saturdays).

2. la Barbecue

Now settled in its fourth spot in town at Aztec Food Park on Cesar Chavez, la Barbecue is also serving some of the best barbecue in Central Texas. Meat plates are an obvious favorite, but I also recommend some of the sandwiches, including La Frito Loco, featuring a medley of pulled pork, chopped beef, jalapeños, cheese, chipotle slaw, and black beans.

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All the meats from la Barbecue

3. Via 313

Austin isn’t known for its pizza, but some of the tastiest pies I’ve ever had are made at VIA 313, a growing, Detroit-style pizza parlor with multiple locations in the city. It got its start as a food trailer in front of The Violet Crown bar on East Sixth Street, and is still the primo place to grab a pie or a couple of slices. Try the Detroiter, featuring two different kinds of pepperoni, and wash it down with an ice-cold Vernor’s, a classic Detroit ginger ale.

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

4. Veracruz All Natural

Whether you stop by the original location on Cesar Chavez, the one at Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin, or the one in Round Rock, Veracruz All Natural is one of the best taco trucks in town. Opened by two sisters from Veracruz, Mexico, the food is some of the freshest you’ll find, and the tortillas and chips are handmade. The al pastor is my favorite offering, with just a touch of the fresh green salsa on top. It’s spicy, but delicious.

Breakfast Tacos from Veracruz

Breakfast Tacos from Veracruz

5. Violet Taco

More of a hybrid but still delicious taco experience is Violet Taco, a trailer at 600 West Sixth Street downtown. Featuring barbecue from its sister restaurant, the East Side’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, huevos rancheros tacos and the like are the vibe here, with tons of ingredients for hungry eaters. The Ultimate Bean and Cheese Taco is a twist on the simple classic, except this one has bacon and a choice of smoked brisket or pulled pork—three items that make any food order markedly tastier.

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A plethora of tacos from Violet Taco

6. Burro Cheese Kitchen

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food: It’s hearty, easy, and reminds us of a time when we were younger. At Burro Cheese Kitchen at 1221 South Congress Avenue, it’s that formula except on steroids. First you pick your bread, and we’re not talking wimpy Wonderbread here. You can choose from sourdough made at Easy Tiger, a Hawaiian bun, or a gluten-free option. Next, of course, is the cheese, and while an aged cheddar is on the menu, more adventurous eaters will find Danish Havarti, manchego, and aged blue cheese from Oregon. Then you get a sauce, with offerings like spicy maple bacon and balsamic apricot fig, plus veggies, smoked meats, and even a fried egg.

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The Mac n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese from Burro

7. Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?

Similarly, Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What? subverts the classic sandwich into something even better. The Lonestar BLT features thick-cut applewood bacon, fried green tomatoes, and homemade poblano aioli on a ciabatta baguette. And their version of the monte cristo is beer-battered in Shiner Bock and comes with homemade cherry and fig jelly.

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The Monte Cristo from Hey You Gonna Eat Or What? Photo by Nick Bianco

Umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter *mmmm* Just one of the many reasons we love local Austin food truck turned brick and mortar, The Peached Tortilla. Here’s why it made the cut for our 365 Approved program:

The Peached Tortilla merges that southern, comfort food that we all love and spices it up with an Asian flare. From Brisket Hash for brunch to a Malaysian Laksa Bowl for dinner (poached shrimp, Japanese noodles, curry seafood broth, bean sprouts, all topped with 45 minute egg), The Peached Tortilla has one of the most unique menus offered in Austin.

For social drinkers and happy hour enthusiasts – The Peached Tortilla also offers some pretty fantastic specials. From 5 pm – 7 pm, at the bar, daily, you can enjoy these specials:

  • $5 cocktails, $5 draft pours, $5 wine pours
  • $3 specialty tacos, including our kalua pork + chinese bbq taco
  • $5 snacks, including kimchi arancini balls and charred brussels (served with parmesan, bacon jam and lemon oil)  
  • $7 social burger (6 oz. burger, peached sauce, american cheese, miso caramelized onions, japanese pickles, lettuce)

One of our favorite nights of the week at The Peached Tortilla is Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays. For just $15, get three pieces of umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter. To wash down that delicious meal, they also offer a rotating $5 whiskey pour. What a combination!

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And finally, what’s a Sunday without brunch? The Peached Tortilla mixes things up with a whole array of new items recently added to their menu, including the brisket hash (served with charred sweet potatoes, corn & kimchi miso butter), challah french toast (served with coconut whipped cream & miso caramel), korean steak and egg bowl (served with two fried eggs & dehydrated egg furikake – pictured), and crab pad thai (with fresh herbs, peanuts, bean sprouts & fish sauce caramel). And of course, they also offer their staple items, including the taco trio and their to-die-for burgers.


Drink and food specials on the daily, Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays, and did we mention it’s one of our favorite brunch spots? Make sure you check this one out, Austinites!

For a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to The Peached Tortilla, follow them on Instagram and visit their website to view their menu.

Brick & Mortar Location:
5520 Burnet Rd. Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78756

What’s one thing an Austinite will never get sick of? Tacos, tacos, tacos. And it’s about time we included one of our favorite taco joints in our 365 Approved Program.

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Located in Austin hotpots (South Congress and MLK Blvd.), Kesos Taco House has all your taco needs sorted. And what better way to wash down a couple of tacos than with a FREE beer or mimosa? That’s right, from 2 – 6 pm Monday-Friday, Kesos invites you to have a beer, mimosa, or fountain drink on the house (limited to one beverage per customer; MLK Location only).

Their menu offers a wide array of tacos that you won’t find at any Mexican food joint in Austin. One of our favorites is the ‘Surf N Turf Diablo’ – shrimp, sirloin steak, grilled onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, melted queso, Kesos sauce, avocado dressing, all on a flour tortilla. Their breakfast tacos are also a hit, with over 6 different varieties to choose from.

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With murals of some of our favorite Austin spots and a menu named after Austin events/must-see attractions, Keso’s is the perfect place to soak up the Austin culture we all know and love. Not to mention, it’s a great place to bring visitors from out of town!

Follow them on Instagram for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Keso’s Taco House, and visit their website
 to view their menu.

Locations:

Downtown (new)
600 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

South Congress
4720 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78745

Gamers, unite – we’ve got the brunch spot of your dreams. The Goodnight will take your brunch activities to a whole new level with free games and $1 mimosas every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 pm. What kind of games, do you ask? Free bowling, free billiards, free ping pong, free shuffle board, $100 per hour air guitar lessons, AND free karaoke!

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In case you need more convincing to get out of the house on the weekend, The Goodnight’s brunch menu includes this slice of heaven – Biscuits & Gravy Benedict. That’s right, eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy served in one dish.

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Their hearty, brunch menu, paired with $1 mimosas, AND free games make for the perfect way to spend your weekend. For your new brunch spot, check out The Goodnight!

When: Saturday and Sundays
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location:
The Goodnight
2700 Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

http://thegoodnightaustin.com

Add happy hour at The Goodnight to your Austin Bucket List. They offer an excellent food menu, great cocktails, plus plenty of activities. If you get to enjoy all this during “halfy hour” when they have half-off all gaming, pizza and appetizers you really can’t lose!

The food at the Goodnight is way better than your typical “bar food.” The appetizer menu consists of something for every pallet, ranging from items like baked brie and shrimp & grits, to a chef’s board and hummus.

They offer eight well-maintained vintage bowling lanes, pool, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, and board games. All the equipment is in great shape (rare for a place that serves alcohol).

 

Forget Happy Hour, check out Halfy Hour!

When: Weekdays

Time: 4:00 -6:30 pm

Location:
The Goodnight
2700 Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

http://thegoodnightaustin.com

 

For the fourth installment of 365 Approved we venture down West 5th Street to the seafood and southern mecca that is Liberty Kitchen. We’ve found ourselves dining their more and more frequently over the past few months, and still haven’t found an item on their (extensive) menu that we don’t absolutely love.

For an in-depth look at our first experience at Liberty, click here. Or read on for what’s happening at the restaurant NOW…

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They recently launched a happy hour that includes 50 cents off (shucked at the wet bar) oysters, 1/2 price burgers, wine/beer/martini specials, and a whole lot more. They even offer a few specials on weekends! See the full Happy Hour Menu.

Their building also has ample FREE covered parking, so it’s a great, stress-free place to stop by on your way home from work.

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In addition to happy hour, Liberty is now open for lunch seven days a week. They have really great daily specials, possibly the best mac n’ cheese in the city, and perhaps equally important for a weekday lunch, GREAT PARKING, which has become a commodity in Austin!

Lastly, Liberty spreads an amazing brunch on Sundays AND Saturdays, as well as holidays. It runs until 2:30pm, and one can find both sweet and savory options on the menu. Including the amazing Cajun Chicken and Waffles pictured below.

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Follow us on Instagram for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Liberty Kitchen, and visit their website at www.LibertyKitchenATX.com for menus and more info.

 

This week’s 365 Approved trailer takes one of America’s favorite sandwiches, the grilled cheese, to a new level.

The motto at Burro Cheese Kitchen is simple: “We love good cheese. We love good bread. We love to apply fire to good cheese and good bread.” They use great cheese, excellent bread and make their sauces in house, which makes for the ultimate sandwich combination.

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You have two options. You could go with a sandwich already on the menu. It just depends what your mood is because they have several different takes on grilled cheese. Like many things in life, I prefer to go big or go home, so the Croque-Madame is a personal favorite. Sourdough, smoked ham, gouda + pesto aioli- all topped with a fried egg + dulce de leche, makes for sandwich heaven.

If nothing on the menu jumps out at you, you can have it your way by making your own crazy combination. Make your call with the choice of bread, cheese, sauce, meat, and veggies.

Don’t take our word on this grand slam of a sammie. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model and local Austinie, Brooklyn Decker has instagram-ed herself enjoying “the best sandwich she’s ever tasted.”

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Aside from their regular locations, be sure to look for them at ACL, FFF Fest, Trail of Lights, and F1 this fall.

Burro Cheese Kitchen sandwiches are truly an art form. They’re definitely not the Kraft-cheese sandwiches you had as a child, and these masterpieces will change the way you think about grilled cheese.

Location:
1221 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

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Midway Food Park
1905 South Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas 78746

http://www.burrocheesekitchen.com

Welcome to the first edition of the 365 Approved Restaurant Program!

We decided to start with one of our favorite recent openings, Monger’s Market + Kitchen.

Located on East Cesar Chavez, Monger’s specializes in seafood both from the gulf and beyond. They also have exquisite dishes from dry land as well (try the 44 farms chuck steak), and beer and wine offerings that will enhance any menu selection.

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On July 13th, Monger’s will be hosting a craft beer dinner featuring Abita. See the menu below, and purchase tickets by calling the restaurant at 512-215-8972 or by emailing Julie@MongersAustin.com

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Lastly, on Wednesdays, Monger’s celebrates an Afternoon Oyster Social. 1/2 Priced oysters are accompanied by $5 select wines and $1 off all drafts from 2-6pm.

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Location:
2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Hours:
Tue-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30am-3:30pm

Website:
MongersAustin.com